Overview of Okinawa
Okinawa prefecture was returned to Japan from U.S.A. in 1972 Japanese are able to visit the beautiful island without a passport !
The sea, forests, and the scenery of towns are soooooo beautiful. So a lot of Japanese visit the awesome tropical island especially in summer. Okinawa is consist of a lot of small island. These island are like heaven! Ishigaki and Taketomi island I visited are one of these island.
Okinawa house is famous for Red roof tile (Aka-kawara) made from Okinawa's clay. The clay protects the house from storong ultla violet and sunshine.
My daughter frolicked happily all through the day in Okinawa :)
Taketomi island is the part of Ishigaki island. It is easy to access from Ishigaki island by using a ship (it takes only 15 minutes). The island is famous for beautiful white sand roads and ox carts. We rode the ox cart and the scenery gave us inner peace.
I ate delicious okinawa soba at the most famous soba restaurant in the island (named "Takenoko"). The noodle is made from wheat. The soup is made from Japanese “dashi” (making from bonito, kelp and pork, etc.). Boiled pork chops are on the soba. The dashi tastes soaks in !
The most famous beach in the island (Kondoi beach).
My daughter looks like local child :)
Finally, I went scuba diving in Kabira bay in Ishigaki island. The bay is famous for a lot of mantas !
At first, I met clown fishes (found Nemo).
Beautiful mantas scramble...
I recommend to visit Okinawa in June or October because there are little tyhoons in the season. In addition, June and October is a little cooler than the really hot and humid summer season...
I visited Okinawa more than 15 times including small islands, so if you are interested in Okinawa trip, please contact me.