Okinawa Japan has a few sea walls. But the one I’m talking about is in Sunabe, Chatan-Cho A.K.A home sweet home. Being back in the states really has me feeling lost and out of place. I’m craving the sea wall. The beautiful ocean crashing against the only small blockade from the town.
People often go the the sea wall to go dive, her a run in, hang out, dates, eat, play with the stay cats, or maybe just because they were just eating at one of the many restaurants and cafes in the area. But I, I like to go there and think. Just siting in the wall. Staring at the ocean. You can’t see any other mass of land. Just there. Letting all your thoughts just flow out and be in the moment with yourself. Tuning everyone else out. I’m not the only one that goes there just for that.
The sound of the ocean crashing on to the wall, the rocks, itself. It’s the perfect place to meditate. I always wanted to try SUP yoga. But I never did get a SUP board. The best time to go see the ocean is right after a typhoon. The water is so rowdy and mischievous. It’s perfect for a good laugh. Though you might look crazy just staring at the ocean and laughing. But the local okinawan’s try to surf soon after. They don’t get to many good waves but they try as hard as they can. It’s fun to go see all the activity’s after a typhoon.
After typhoon activity’s. The community really gets together in Okinawa. After anything remotely devastating everyone pulls together and they get stuff done. First there is typically some type of damage assessment. Then the electric crew goes out and works tirelessly on getting the island power back up. Often time there is some type of organized clean up. And they also have unorganized clean up. Most people still even work during minor typhoons and tropical
I wish I could go back to think. To think with a clearer head and be more at peace. No one judges you on the sea wall.
January 2018, my friend and I went to celebrate with the local Okinawins the cherry blossom festival. In Japan the cherry blossom is called “Sakura”. When the Sakura start to bloom it means that spring is here. It reminds the people of a time to renewal themselves. The Sakura only last for 2-3 weeks. But in this time everyone are celebrating with food and drinks under the trees. It’s a custom called “Hanami”. The cherry blossoms are so beautiful couples take advantage of this romantic time of year. Couples typically go at night to give the time a more romantic mood lined with the Sakura. When they go at night to celebrate it’s called “yozakura”.
But my friend and I went with our families to Mount. Yaedake. There was this tall observation tower you could see the whole city below you! We took the steps down towards the city. There was so many stairs and it was twisty and windy (just like the roads). We had to back track so much (my poor friend was 6 months pregnant). When we got back we took a path down the mountain and there was so many Sakura trees lined up. They were so beautiful. Just being there was magical. I had so many feelings. We were seeing the most symbolic flower of spring of Japan and I’d always dreamed of this moment. Oh what id do to go back to Japan.
Where do I begin? Japan how I love you. I’ve lived in Okinawa japan for two years. I had just moved back to the states from Okinawa. I miss Okinawa terribly. It was so beautiful and rich in culture. There was always a festival. There is so much to do there you would never get bored there. Perfect for exploring. My friend and I used to always go to cafes together with our babies. We would go to the mall for play dates and meet up in flower fields to take the perfect picture. Okinawa is just so photogenic. How I long to be there again. Since being back in the states I’ve been feeling like a part of me is missing. Japan has a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to go back! I can’t wait to share my stories from Japan and my pictures. Stay tuned for more stories.