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04 August 2009 @ 01:48 am
Okinawa, day 1 ♪♪♪  
Going to keep this brief because I have a strict schedule tomorrow for myself, but here are some pictures from Okinawa! I had a great time!! Keeping with a longstanding tradition, Eda, Erin and I made the trip together. It was sort of a farewell trip for Erin, since she is leaving Japan (actually, she left today... I cried.. T-T).. but I'm sure that she won't be able to stay away for long and I'm anxious to see her again already! Hope your flight is going well!! I never thought she would actually leave.

That said... Okinawa is the most southern island of Japan. It's sub-tropical, so Japan sort of sees it as their Hawaii. Having never been to Hawaii, I was expecting gorgeous sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, lined with palm trees... apparently that is not what Okinawa has. At least not the main island. Honestly, that was a big disappointment. But I had a good time otherwise! A trip to *real* tropical island is defiinitely on my shortlist of places to visit now!!



Leaving Tokyo on the plane..




Mt Fuji as seen from the air ^^


There was a rainbow pulling into Okinawa!


......Oh Japan. Remember, this is the side of a bus. In public. But really, it's not so rare. Child pornography is obviously considered bad, but Japan stretches the limits, in my opinion. Accordingn to Japan: This is okay. 6 year old boys running around naked is okay (apparently...). 12 year old girls in provocative poses wearing bathing suits and covered in whip cream is okay. Displaying porn manga next to children's manga is okay. Maybe I'm old fashioned, because I don't think it's okay at all. ^^;


Our rental car was lime green! Not that you can tell in this picture. XD


I thought this toilet was funny because it's obviously missing something... Even better was how there was a diagram on the wall off how not to use the child seat.. but there was no child seat.


Shuurijou castle.


I didn't know it was a world heritage site!! YAY! Crossed another off my list!!!!!!!!


Why, hello! These types of guardians were all over, btw.






Eda looks lonely up there..


Erin and I being ourselves XD


Eda showing off her new fashions!


Okinawa was beautiful, hot (only 90s, but over 90% humidity and a beating sun made it hard on us all), but the weather was lovely!


More random shots of the castle..






















Actually, the castle that you see was just a copy rebuilt above the ruins of the old one. In WWII the castle was destroyed when it was bombed by America. But in some places you can see through floor windows like this and see the original ruins. It was kind of eerie.


We had just enough time to catch the only beach in Naha....... which wasn't much of a beach at all! ^o^;;;;;;;;;;;; But I had fun playing with my waterproof camera!




It's amazing how much better the beach looks in pictures, lol!!


Erin snapped Eda and I in the water..




Driving around at night.... Oh how I miss cars!!!!!!!!!!!


I thought this t-shirt found along Kokusai doori was particularily sad... It basically says "I don't love Jibun (myself)" Aww. :(


Next... day 2! (eventually)
 
 
 
Paula a.k.a.Tanky: [Arashi] Nino camerapamoreno on August 3rd, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Your pics are always so beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with us.
xKarenskiiichigoxdaikiri on August 3rd, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
This looked like such a fun trip! I'm glad you two had a fun last day together :].
harrissette on August 3rd, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
If you want you can go see this blog: http://www.miyakojima-paradise.com/blog/
Actually it's a French (married to a japanese) who is renting appartments on Miyakojima Island. It's written in French but you can still watch his pictures and videos, and why not going there for your next holidays ^^
I already know that I will go there!!!!!
Samantha: peaceravynna on August 3rd, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Okinawa looks like such a fun place. Awesome pictures of your first day ;) Thanks for sharing. <3
Chiakichiaki777 on August 3rd, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Wow, looks like a fun place. I've never been down that far south.
hagarenobsessedhagarenobsessed on August 3rd, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Those pictures are awesome and really makes me want to go to Okinawa.

Also... I know this is early but....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
xx_girl_a_xxxx_girl_a_xx on August 3rd, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
wow, your pictures are beautiful! :D
Is Okinawa as hot as people say it is? I heard that it could be really boiling there some days lol
chibicerebus: Lockon&Harochibicerebus on August 3rd, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Awesome pictures. I love the castle, so ornate. Okinawa looks like a nice place to visit.
never grow olddiscodv8 on August 3rd, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
i love it.
this is like social studies for me.
scarlayta on August 3rd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
I always love seeing your pictures, thanks for sharing! :D
milky_way19milky_way19 on August 3rd, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
HAPPY DAY
I couldn't send you a pm so...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN ADVANCE!!!
metamorphosys on August 3rd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
That looks an amazing place to visit :) Have a nice time :) Take care.
A U R E L ♪♫♪aurelminuial on August 4th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Aaaaaw, it's sooo beautiful~! You're right, it looks like it was amazing weatherXD I'm glad for you:3

shiekah_forevershiekah_forever on August 4th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Wow, this looks like such a great place! I hear Okinawa is very gorgeous, and the beach is a beautiful emerald green.

Glad that y'all had fun!

Aww that t-shirt is kind of sad... why is jibun in katakana? Japanese shirts are interesting it seems ^^
rubybeanierubybeanie on August 4th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
wow looks sooooo beautiful =D i wanna go XD
孤児: Kojikoji on August 4th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
lol, I was having so much fun looking at all these beautiful photos until I got to the last one- then I felt so sad for whoever designed that shirt!
8bitpixelrobot on August 4th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
no way! i'm going to okinawa tomorrow! - the chances are slim, but i'll say hi if I bump into you!!
mei_sanmei_san on August 4th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
Okinawa is so pretty! And that shirt is perfect for me!!!
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
happy birthday
i wish you the best jamie.i miss u so much.wish i could see u.i am so very proud of you.love your dad
Melaniedv8nekomimi on August 4th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Looks like fun! BTW, Happy birthday!!!
harrissette on August 4th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Well i just got back home and it still the 4th for me, but
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Hope you're enjoying your day as you should!
Have fun!
arthurfrdent: notlaughingarthurfrdent on August 4th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
heh, even though it's early on the 5th for you... Happy, Happy Birthday. May your new year be filled with the fulfillment of your dreams. ;)