Konichiwa Khap

I’m back in Bangkok again and thought I’d give a brief trip report about my time in/on Okinawa. It was a really excellent break from Thailand and I had a great time, even with less-than-ideal weather (typhoon-induced rain for 60+ hours, etc). One semi-surprising treat was the flight leg between BKK & Narita on All Nippon Airways. At a time when American airlines are starting to charge you for daring to bring luggage, it was nice to be back on an Asian airline that gave great service reminiscent of the Cathay Pacific trips I took as a child. Except now I get Haagen-Dazs, alcohol & a “personal entertainment system” instead of crayons and a coloring book.

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As mentioned before, Mike and I spent the first few days up north at picturesque Okuma:

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Koko Wa Doko Desuka?

We’re in Japan! Konbanwa! A week ago I realized that my Thai visa would expire the very next day so I made a 12-hour round-trip journey to Poipet, Cambodia to get a new stamp on my passport. Since I only spent all of 10 minutes actually in Cambodia, the obvious choice was to scratch my travelers itch by immediately jetting off to Japan. Well actually, on Sunday my brother decided to fly me out to visit him on Okinawa Island and within 24 hours I was all, like, konichiwa Nippon, yo. Mike is celebrating his last week stationed here and we both fly out on Tuesday; him to America, me to Thailand.

Right now I’m in Ginowan City, but we spent the first part of this week up north in Hentona on the US Air Force’s Okuma resort facility. It’s a very beautiful place and had me spellbound, even with less-than-perfect weather. Yesterday we mostly lounged around in/near the ocean, but did get off our butts long enough for some sick jet ski action. Wave Race 64 fans will be disappointed to know that no, in fact, dolphins do not always magically appear to loyally follow around jet skiers.

Today’s highlight was the Ocean Expo Park — a ridiculously nice waterfront extravaganza that features Churaumi Aquarium, the 2nd-largest aquarium in the world. Churaumi is obviously a main attraction, but the whole park is really brilliant. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to go snorkeling and see some of those cooped up fish in a more natural environment.

Photos will be forthcoming later. I have to leave now to figure out a way to keep Japanese curry from destroying my bowels.