We stayed at a hotel called the Tokyo Dai-ichi, Okinawa Grand Mer Resort; which I’d strongly recommend you don’t stay at. The food was delicious, but it stayed the same every day. This had the result of us eating in the bar, which offered a wider selection of foods. One night, I had a really awesome bacon cheese burger. We also played darts and tried different cocktails. They didn’t have one I wanted to try, so I made up a Pina Colada with a shot of amaretto instead, and it was delicious. That, you should try.
The first day, we rented a taxi to take us around to all the famous sites. One of the most famous in Okinawa is Shuri Castle. I really liked visiting there, but I wished I could have seen it in action more. Still, really, really cool. We also saw the memorial museum for the women and children sacrificed by mainland Japan in WWII(?). It was really very sad, and I hadn’t really known about it at all before. I wish that their story, and the story of the Atomic Bomb victims were told in the holocaust museums. The Atomic Bomb story, at least, is completely related. But all three tell of the travesties that are got away with in war.
On the second day, we complained to the hotel that we choose them due to the fact that they claimed to be convenient on their website, and also said they had a shuttle operating while we were there, while they clearly weren’t. Thanks to this, they allowed us to use the shuttle to America Town! I really liked this idea, because I’ve never seen such a large imitation. We saw the second Narnia movie (though Mom and I hadn’t seen the first), and I really surprised myself by enjoying it. I felt really good to eat a hot-dog and fries. And we did some shopping and I got some really good clothes.
The final day (half-day really), we got to the airport early and put our stuff in lockers. Then we hit the touristy shopping street in downtown Okinawa. It was really interesting; there was lots of snake-liquer for sale.
The thing I really want to tell you all about Okinawa is about the Shisha. They come in a pair, one boy and one girl, and their job is to guard the entrance to your house, or any special area (like an alter or something). You can tell the difference by looking at their faces. The girl keeps her mouth in a closed smile; this is because it is her job to keep happiness and all other good things inside. The boy keeps his mouth open and fierce, in order to scare away all bad luck and unhappiness. Though, actually, I think they are really cute. In Okinawa, you can find them in all different styles, and sizes.
And that was our trip to Okinawa. (^_^)