Sunday, December 25, 2011 - Saturday, December 31, 2011
Day 1376 ( Merry Christmas / Okinawa Day 2-Nago )
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Merry Christmas to you all. This morning I woke up at the Miyako hotel in Naha, Okinawa and had a great breakfast there. Oh and the stares were very much present. I also thought that Okinawa would greet me with less stares because a huge US base is there. But alas, no such luck.
After breakfast, I headed out to another part of Okinawa called Nago. I drove for about 1hr 30 mins then finally got there. I visited another aquarium. The best one of the 5 that I have visited thus far in Japan. The name of this one was CHURAUMI SUIZOKUKAN ( Beautiful sea aquarium ). Here are the pictures I took there and 2 videos.
Here is a video of the dolphin show. The first 47 seconds has no sound, I don't know why. I used my phone to do that first 47 minutes.
After spending some time at the aquarium, I went with my friend to a restaurant out in the middle of no where. The restaurant was nice but it was in some rural area that look like the country parts of Jamaica. Luckily the car had a GPS system and my Japanese friend knew how to set the directions on it.
After the restaurant, I went to a hotel name Resonex. This hotel was nice also, but I had to park across the road from the hotel because the main parking area was full.
Day 1377 ( Okinawa Day 3 - Okinawan Village )
Monday, December 26, 2011
After checking out of the hotel, I went to an Okinawan village name Ryukyu mura (village). Took some pictures in a traditional Okinawan robe looking thing and a crown. Then watched a presentation about some Okinawan snakes called habu.
Here is another video..
After the village, I went to the main castle in Okinawa name Shurijo (Shuri castle). It was the main castle of the Ryukyu Kingdom, before Japan captured the islands.
After visiting the Shuri castle, I went to my final hotel of this trip. The name of the hotel is Nahana hotel, which is in the central part of Naha, the capital of Okinawa. This was also a very nice hotel. In the night, I walked to international street, the same place I went to on the first day I came here. I then met up with a friend of my friend, and we all had dinner.
Day 1378 ( Leaving Okinawa :( )
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Woke up at Nahana hotel and had breakfast there. Not so much stares at this hotel either. Drove from the hotel to get gas so I could return the rent-a-car with a full tank. Gas is expensive on this island. I then delivered the car back to the rental agency. They checked it, it was fine and I headed on the bus to go to the airport.
Took JAL (Japan Airlines) flight back to Osaka and it took only about 1 hr 45mins as against 2hrs 30 mins to get to Okinawa. It has something to do with the wind direction, strength and speed at the time. Eventually landed in Osaka and went to an outlet mall called Rinku town mall. I bought an Adidas sneakers there as well as a warm vest looking shirt thing.
Day 1379 ( Back to Yokohama / Toyota's President on Watch List )
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Took a shinkansen (Bullet/high speed train) back to Yokohama. I spoke to my dad today. Haven't spoken to him in over a year. His birthday was on December 26th.
Toyota's President on watch list
Day 1380 ( Another Visit to Akihabara )
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Went to Akihabara and bought an air humidifier and a heater. The air humidifier takes out the dryness from my apartment. Whenever I use the AC to heat up my apartment, it makes my eyes and my throat severely dry. So this humidifier thing should add some moisture to the apartment.
I then visited a Japanese lady who lived and worked in Clarendon, Jamaica for 2 years. She now lives in Tokyo and is married to a Jamaican. They had a child recently. Her husband is the main cook at a Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Anyway, I have been to several Jamaican restaurants in Japan, one in Okayama (Xyamaica), one in Nagoya, one in Kobe, one in Harajuku, Tokyo (Jam Rock) and one in Kyoto. This one in Shibuya has by far the best tasting food and came the closest to the real Jamaican taste. Seconded by the one in Harajuku, Tokyo.
Day 1381 ( Another Visit to Kamakura )
Friday, December 30, 2011
When I went to Tokyo yesterday, another Japanese who worked in Jamaica for 2 years was also there. She worked in Montego Bay as an art and craft teacher for special children. In summer we also met up with her friend who is married to an American. So we all met up again in Kamakura (An old capital of Japan), not too far from where I live.
5 of us met up and had lunch, walked around and chatted for a while. I always heard rumors that we could see mount Fuji (the tallest mountain in Japan) from this distance, but it was only today I knew the rumors were true. I took the photo below as evidence.
Day 1382 ( Back to Jamaican Restaurant in Good Wood Terrace, Shibuya )
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Went to the Jamaican restaurant again because the food was soo good. I had stewed chicken this time. Last time I had jerk chicken.
I rang in the new year at the restaurant drinking tequilla ... with about 20 other persons.
Let me see if I can recall my New Years while living in Japan:
2008-2009 - Fukuoka, Japan (at a club)
2009-2010 - Manila, Philippines (at a mall with fire works)
2010-2011 - Maniwa, Okayama, Japan ( At a wedding party)
2011-2012 - Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (At a Jamaican Restaurant)
Wow in Jamaica it was almost always at my church.
HAPPY NEW YEAR ... More Prosperity for 2012