Saturday, November 12, 2005

Last weekend on the island. Went on the "Battle for Okinawa" tour.
Checked out some of the web of caves that the Japanese army fought from

In this room, many Japanese soldiers committed suicide by grenade.

Underground Naval headquarters of Imperial Japan
These dudes were very well dug in. Okinawa, not Normandy was the largest land invasion force ever assembled. Neither the Americans, Japanese, or Okinawans memorialize the battle. These tunnels are the only reminents of the carnage that took place here.
Hacksaw ridge, with SugarLoaf hill over my left shoulder. The invation force landed in the bay past sugarloaf.

Tora, Tora, Tora,


Waves and rain the last couple days.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Had a Killer day of sailing. Good winds, high seas, and a fast boat.

John taught me the one handed Heineken helm spin.

We where really cooking today, getting almost 9 knots (when I wasn't steering)
Throwing up a wake.

Chatan City Three wheel motor scooters that lean. No kickstand required

Okinawan School Girls Rule!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Going sailing this morning with capt. Jon. The post to my blog have decreased in frequency because I've been falling asleep before I hit the pillow. Went to a asian spa this week, visited a replica Ryukyuan village, went to a "Mongoose vs. Habu snake" show, swim with the fishes, and go out to new restaurants almost every nite. 3 days left, and I feel like I've only scratched the surface.
Yes, Crocs have made it to Okinawa Island. They get the same curious looks that they did in Boulder 2 years ago. My Dad's Okinawan sailing buddy, Ozuma just ordered a pair. This is the only store I've found them in (american specialty store).

Ozuma, Buddy and I going over systems on the boat.
More trippy cars

Bento Boxes and Beer

I'm going to be a "grass ninga" for Halloween next year

Friday, November 04, 2005

Fine sunset with the Ilihune and the Malitoa in the background. I think "Ilihune" means PoorPeople in Hawaii. Big John is the is a DODDS teacher and skipper of this rig. He is in to racing, and does pleasure cruising on the weekend.
The Keramus Islands looking west from the dock. Oh yeah, I learned this new trick. Levitation. Just takes a little concentration.
My transportation has been a Lemond Cross bike I put together for Buddy. It's the only way to really see the good stuff on the back streets.
Sunabe Steps. Where many first time scuba divers put in. Kinda like the Boulder equivalent of the "wanker trail." So I thought! I got in the water with snorkel gear and was instantly blown away. The water starts shallow and in hard corrals. I followed a fissure in the reef that instantly opened to underwater cliffs. The diversity of life in the water is staggering. I stayed out exploring until I was exhausted. I'm hooked. Scuba certification will be the next.
More of the sea wall. I've put in here too. I have a net backpack that hold my flipper, mask, snorkel, ect... I've been buying "obento" boxes of food from the supermart. I've eaten more raw seafood in two weeks than I have in my entire life. No supersize option on obento.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Living vicariously through my parents (i realize it's normally the other way around) My trip would not be possible without their vision and love for travel, adventure, and living in foreign countries. I remember the first big step that started it all in 1981.
Check out the latest National Geographic Magazine for November 2005. Longevity and Okinawa. Eat your Goya, Danialsan!!!
Another good day. My range is increasing, and soon I should have this island dialed. This sushi bar I found has a rotary platform that shoots out fresh sushi from the kitchen. Each plate has it's own color that denotes a price. At the end of your "shesh" they scan your plates and give you the total. The most reasonable I've found. Got stuffed for 9 bucks. Who said Japan was expensive?
I noticed this Okinawian lady was having a coffee and a smoke, she started some Thai-chi looking stuff, then broke out into a beautiful song/chant. Don't quite know what to make of it. Cultural experience.
anatomically correct cars of Okinawa

More trippy small cars and vans
On a most of the new cars, when in "Park," both side view mirrors retract so they don't get clobbered in tight parking.