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30 August 2009 @ 02:25 pm
Okinawa day 2 -- hitting the "beach"! (such as they are)  
Continuing on the Okinawa picture matsuri-- ^o^/ Here is day two!

Honestly, day two was dissappointing for me in a major way. It turns out that Okinawa really isn't a tropical island after all!! ToT I was imagining Hawaii's gorgeous tropical beaches, filled with thousdands of people sunbathing, surfing, and snorkeling. Much to my surprise, that wasn't the reality at all!! Okinawa isn't a tropical island at all! I was so sad... It's sub-tropical, which basically means all of the heat in the summer, but chilly/cold winters and basically, nothing in the way of decent public beaches. (at least on the mainland)

I think that we went to three or four beaches before we finally gave up on finding a beach that was gorgeous, stretching for miles in the sun. Instead, we ended up at yet another place after place that was basically a little stretch of sand with a designated tiny swimming area marked off by ropes and netting. Supposedly it's to keep jellyfish and other predators out, but in all honesty.... what is the point in going to that kind of ocean beach? I like the beaches in Chiba so much better... now if only Tokyo could solve the problem of being cold 90% of the year..

However, we did get to go on a banana boat!!! That was fun! And there were A&W restaurants everywhere.... bad for the waistline, but it's been more than 5 years since I've even seen one! Oh Tokyo, you are behind the times. ToT

Gottis: Ed - Dorkygottis_chan on August 30th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Come to Gotland, we have great beaches! 8D!

And now I'm gonna come off as under educated and all, but... What's an A&W restaurant? =D?
V: Sunrise/Sunsetgalyndean on August 30th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - gottis_chan on August 31st, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
ルリdemonruri on August 30th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
o_o your burst my bubble about Okinawa too lol, i thought it was the carribean of japan. HAHA A&W really!?! I thought those things went out of business a long time ago. I have only seen one in NYC..
Firsa Asahiasahifirsa on September 1st, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Okinawa is more than just the main island of that name. On the main island there's plenty of beautiful beaches up North, but the smaller islands were all that (sub) tropical island feeling really rests.
Amiamiiro on August 30th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
i used to live in okinawa. everybody from the rest of japan used to come to the okinawa mainland, specifically naha, for vacation...i was like "why are you here??? this is a city!" now that i'm living near tokyo i realize that people just don't know what okinawa's like.

next time you go, go to the surrounding islands...the more remote, the better! okinawa is really amazing, so give it one more chance. you'll love it. :)
metamorphosys on August 30th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had a great time :) Those pictures are really nice. Thanks for sharing them. Take care.
BluAyu: Lelouch cosbluayu on August 30th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Well at least you can say the water's blue! xD Only beaches I've been to have been Santa Cruz and the water isn't so pretty.
cnysten on August 30th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a interesting and fun time anyway. To bad that there was not any good beaches. Love the pictures. The water looks great.
yours truly, Luzwhite_hot_light on August 30th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
oh! i want to go to okinawa also, but it would really seem to me that the more island-hopping, the better)
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ephiivles on August 30th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
no, no, no, Bali has too much tourist already. *gets bricked*
Karimunjawa is the one to go ;-)

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oh.shit!fallen_de_tyr on August 30th, 2009 10:39 am (UTC)
i want to be in a beach so bad. :D
you seemed to have a great time.
mafiosostory on August 30th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Okinawa's MAIN island (Okinawa) isn't all that tropical...

But head out to the surrounding islands and you will SURELY have a TROPICAL ISLAND ADVENTURE!!

I found Naha city to be one of the dingiest cities EVER but I had an excellent time there anyway... but you really do need to go to the surrounding islands to get the "Hawaii" that you're looking for. I highly recommend Tokashiki Island... it's small, VERY remote, and it's just a lovely place with one of the most gorgeous beaches ever!
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on August 30th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)

ahaha it was so bright and sunny...
schmiddttersschmiddtters on August 30th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)

Your so pretty. And so are the pictures. Your so lucky to be there. =)
None of Your Bee's Wax lolisachi on August 30th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I dunno I'm trying to remember where in the main island we were last time I was there (about an hour away from the city is what I remember), because there was a small cove with the most beautiful beach I've ever seen.

But in most cases the public beaches are not the place to be if you want the glamour of a pretty beach, you have to hit the hotel beaches. This is true in the Caribbean, Africa and just about everywhere else XD XD XD (maybe not SE Asia, I haven't been there yet)

I only problem I had in Okinawa was dealing with Okinawa-ben :3
never grow olddiscodv8 on August 30th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
you know, you're an ace chick. that's why i love your entries.
Linstarrbeam on August 30th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
love the pics!