Did I ever tell you about the time my wife and I went to Okinawa? (Please forgive the accent - I’ve been reading too much Stephen King recently, and the characters are growing on me.)
Okinawa is the Hawaii of Japan, and just as beautiful in many areas, although it’s not set up or as established as Hawaii is as a tourist Mecca. This is a good thing, because it means that tourism on Okinawa has not become so huge and intrusive so as to cause damage to the natural beaches and beautiful environment that exists there. It really is quite stunning.
Okinawa, which was once known as the Ryukyu Kingdom and independent from Japan, is the glittering jewel that sparkles at the southern tip of the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. It’s the ‘gold of the rising sun’, so to speak, especially with regard to tropical holidays within Japan.
The Yaeyama islands can be found just southwest of Miyako Island (the other amazing island that Mandy and I traveled to in Okinawa), which by the way will be the topic of my next blog article (March, 2017). Ishigaki Island is the administrative and cultural capital of the Yaeyama islands, which are spread out over an area just shy of 600 square kilometers.