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Awamori, Okinawa rice distilled liquor (unlike rice brewed nihonshu aka "sake").
The view from the Royal Diawa Hotel near Omoromachi in Naha.
A tropical Chirstmas begins in Novemeber like everywhere else.
My last meal Okinawa soba.
November 05, 2013 in Japan, Travel | Permalink
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What were your impressions of Okinawa Pat? Was it your first time?
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November 10, 2013 at 01:52 PM
It is my second time to Okinawa. The first time I met Aki from Koshigaya about 8 years ago and saw much more Chuwami Aquarium (one of the best I have ever seen http://patrickmccoy.typepad.com/lost_in_translation/2005/04/central_okinawa.html), Ryukyu Village, the Peace Memorial (http://patrickmccoy.typepad.com/lost_in_translation/2005/04/peace_memorial_.html), and more. It reminds me a lot of Hawaii, but it has a very decidedly Chinese influence. It's very hot and humid and tropical, even in November. It feels a bit rundown--it is the poorest prefecture in Japan. You can feel the American military presence seeing the bases, staff, and hearing the planes flying overhead all day.
November 10, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Wow - the poorest prefecture hey. You'd think with some warm weather it would attract a few retirees etc, but perhaps the Japanese don't want to travel so far from home. Of course the military presence may be a turn off as well I guess.
November 10, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Not much going on besides tourism and it is a factor when they talk about relocating bases, because it will take away from the economy if they move. here are stories of people going there from the mainland and becoming homeless since they can't find jobs.
November 10, 2013 at 03:16 PM
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