Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Joanne's Big Adventure in Okinawa Day 6, A Maine Photographer

It's been over two months since day 6 of my adventures in Japan, and I am excited to finally be sharing it with you...and I am going to do this with few words and lots of photos.

Day 6 started out cool and drizzly.  The days plans included a trip to "sea glass" beach, not it's real name but definitely it's "known by" name.  My friend Jill had often times told me about sea glass beach, she had talked of how beautiful it was, and how on one end there were these little crabs she called blueberry crabs, that looked pretty much like someone dropped a bucket of blueberries on the beach...hell yes...if you know anything about me at all, you will know that my second form of therapy is picking wild blueberries for hours on fact, my family will not blueberry pick with me...they do not understand why it takes me all day to pick...anyways, visiting sea glass beach was a definite highlight in my mind, and highly when the morning weather was slightly damp, questions were raised on whether or not to abandon the sea glass beach plan.  I vote yes!! We are going to walk the beach, collect sea glass, maybe check out the blueberries...sunshine not required!  I find walking alone on the beach searching for sea glass to be extremely therapeutic (yes, this is my primary form of therapy, I am fortunate to be able to do it whenever I please) doesn't take rocket science for me to know that walking on a beach nicknamed "sea glass" beach might possibly provide me with a lifetime of fact...I am absolutely banking these memories into a "happy place" vault...for future times when I need to settle for a quiet morning by the fire and I can reflect on the memories of walking on "sea glass" beach in Okinawa.  So yes, I hadn't even been yet, but in my mind I just knew I needed to experience it...rain or shine!!

And experience it, we did.
Breathtaking.  Beautiful...and yes...Blue :)

 ...I don't think I mentioned we had this beautiful paradise all to ourselves.

(the photo info from the gps on my smartphone names this beach location as Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan) Amazing technology we have

After our trip to the beach we went back to American village for some souvenir shopping and stopped at my new favorite coffee shop, Zhyvago Coffee Works Okinawa.

We took another walk along the sea wall...

and had a fabulous dinner at the Four Seasons steak house.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Joanne's Big Adventure in Okinawa Day 5. A Maine Photographer

Wow, Joanne is super busy, yes that is a good thing, and thank you for visiting here often as I blog and share photos of my adventures in Okinawa.  I am still going to blog my eight day adventure, but it's now more than obvious it will take me more than eight days to do it :)

Day 5 was a battle sights of Okinawa tour.  A few months before our visit Jill asked me if we had done any research in what we wanted to do while we were visiting, and asked if a battle sight tour was of any interest to us.  "Absolutely" I said!!  Time for my confession.  I suck at US history.  There is no simpler way to say it.  I can't tell you much about the wars of our country, and my lack of knowledge in this area is sometimes an embarrassment to the other members of my family.  It's not because I don't want to know, and I am often times motivated to learn more, but life goes on and when the opportunity to watch or read comes about and there is a choice between love and war, love wins out each and every time.  But my other half, on the other hand, can often be found snoozing in his oversized stuffed recliner, tuned in and out of the history channel and the great war battles of our when Jill asked about our interest, I knew this was something that Matt would be interested in and enjoy.  So Jill went to work on securing tickets for us on a particular tour, well known for it's wealth of info.  She also told us we should see Mel Gibson's latest release, Hacksaw Ridge, and possibly "The Pacific" if we had time.

We did half of our homework and viewed Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge...and just like that, my US history lesson on the Battle of Okinawa began.  (and yes, there is a tad bit of romance in the movie too...)

Marine Chris Majewski was our instructor and our tour guide.  I was impressed.  I've included a link in his name if you are interested in learning more, but for this blog, it's all about my photos...

Our first stop, Hacksaw Ridge, but that is not the real name of the ridge, the real name is Maeda Escarpment...and it's smaller then what is depicted in the movie, but the story of Desmond Doss, that is real, and the story of him saving 75 men on this ridge, that is real too.

View from on top of Hacksaw Ridge

yes, the very spot Private Desmond Doss lowered 75 men to safety

This, again, reminded me of a Star Wars movie scene

In the Underground Headquarters

At Peace Prayer Park


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