As I have settled into my life in Okinawa, I have become fully aware of places I frequent. These places are sacred and offer peace and tranquility or a source of fun. Each person is different and takes different likings to different things. Some people feel comfortable in the Starbucks while others seek solace in the quiet park by their homes.
5. My Roof
I’m not exactly sure I should be climbing on the roof because I’m afraid of heights, but the more I climb the less frightening it becomes. It is a sacred spot where I think, write, look at the ocean in the distance or enjoy the setting sun. I’ll continue to enjoy the gentle wind until my land lord chases me off. (I think the roof is most exhilarating due to the rule breaking.)
4. Sunset Beach
Oftentimes, when I’m wandering around American Village, I head out to Sunset to relax. There’s nothing like the rush of kicking off your shoes and just throwing yourself onto the warm sand or wading into the cool waters. Sunset is famous for a night of infamy during my first couple months in Okinawa. This place is also symbolic because the day I took this picture, I realized but didn’t want to admit the sun was setting on my all ready doomed romance. Lady Gaga anyone?
3. Toguchi Beach
This was the first beach I ever visited in Okinawa. Numerous effort was required for me to find it, especially since I can’t read the signs. It’s mostly deserted colder months. When warm weather settles, I like to drown my anxieties, sadness, and squanders into the East China Sea. When I first moved here, it was a place of healing.
2. Araha Beach
Araha Beach is popular with military and Japanese people. The sand is fine and the waters lead to large rocks you can climb on. Araha is man made because due to the lack of coral, but nonetheless, it offers a pirate ship for children, relaxing atmosphere, and a fun place for friends to dwell. My favorite perk is its a hot spot to check out hot guys!
1. American Village
I spend the majority of my time in American Village. Whether it’s getting Blue Seal crepes, watching a movie at Mihama Place, or riding the Ferris wheel, this place is excellent for wasting a day with friends or going on a date! You can find everything from restaurants to gift shops and game arcades. At night, American Village is lit up with an abundance of lights.