One of the items on my bucket-list for 2011 was to take a trip outside the country. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take this 15+ hour trip in late January to visit my Aunt and Uncle in Okinawa, Japan. The experience was unforgettable. I was able to see how the Japanese live a world away. Able to witness our similarities and various differences.
Upon my arrival, I was informed that unlike a very urban Tokyo, Okinawa has much more of a “Bahamas vibe.” I didn’t really care what vibe it had…I was just happy to be in another country. The weather was somewhat cloudy but still an improvement from a frigid Atlanta, GA. I wanted to make sure I took some photos to document some part of the trip.
My aunt explained how in Okinawa they have an abundance of vending machines. And not just a regular abundance but, randomly (to us anyway) about 3 machines every block. You could be walking down the street and there be NO stores or shops present, and then pops up a vending machine. I photographed two in the middle of some farming property, #random.
Trash on the streets in Okinawa is little to none! The island is very serious about categorizing their trash as “burnables” or “recyclables” which they expect everyone to abide by. Reason being, Okinawa is a small island (454 sq miles) and they have no room for wasteland, so all trash either needs to be re-used or…burned.
The compact cars and street ways were all small(er). I would assume because by stature the Japanese people are smaller framed. And of course they drive on the left side of the road with the steering wheel on the right side as well. You’d see many mirrors (like the ones in Quik-E Marts) to help with the limited vision of oncoming traffic.
FOOD…where do I begin with the food in Okinawa?!?! I had a great time E-A-T-I-N-G! Anyone that knows me, knows I can EAT! And Japan was the place for me. The food was great. Everyday we tried something different, and each was great, thanks to Matt and Sharese showing me the best places to go. Although the way we ate, was NO BUENO for the abs.
I couldn’t make a trip all the way to Japan without enjoying some quality “Jesus juice.” My uncle took it upon himself to surprise me with some Habu Sake. The reason this Sake is so unique is each jar contains a real poisonous Habu snake (not alive, think worm in a bottle of Tequila). The taste was pretty damn good. Plum Rice I think it was.
Below are some photos I took during my stay in Okinawa, Japan. Had a great time, would love to go back and definitely plan to one day!