Went on a road trip to Miyazaki with Rくん and a couple of friends this past weekend. Beach every day! I surfed for the first time too, and failed miserably, but it was loads of fun nonetheless. ^^ Love Miyazaki~
The hostel we stayed in was amazing! Clean and nice and perfectly located, and the owners were the sweetest! Aoshima Beach House, for any potential Miyazaki-goers. ♥
(Source: Flickr / soulmarket)
My last time at this school.
These students are amazing. ♥
Pieces of (My Second) Home on Flickr.
I love the ocean. I miss the ocean. These shells are a collection assembled in Okinawa and Fukuoka, pieces of my second home, put together with the aid of some of the people most important to me up here.
"Midget Classic." Yeah, I don’t know either.
Packing. But I’m not sure I’m ready to go home just yet.
Went with Rくん and his friend to a music festival called Circle. It’s apparently a pretty big deal for a lot of Japanese music-lovers, but I haven’t heard of it from any foreigners before. All the artists were Japanese, and I’d never heard of any of them before, but a few were quite good! Especially the last artist, who was just a dude and his guitar. Excellent. ♥~♪
We had a great time in the sun and ended up staying for the whole thing, from the very early afternoon until past eight at night.
The barista at Starbucks in Okinawa’s America-mura (“America Village”) asked me if we were on vacation, chatted with me about Hawaii, and then handed me this beauty! ♥ 沖縄最高！！
Turtles at Okinawa’s aquarium, the second largest in the world! These guys are babies, and they’re to be released back into the wild in early June. Hurrah!! ♥ Go, little guys! Live!
I never post pictures of myself, so here’s a picture with half mah face. I’m making a glass cup, which is now sitting very prettily in my cabinet. Yay!
"Beware the habu!”
The habu is Ryukyu’s notorious venomous snake. Apparently they’re all waking up from their winter slumbers around now, so we were told to avoid walking around at night near the house at which we were staying (which was sort of out of the way of any city).
Habu are also used to make habu-shu, or habu alcohol, which is basically awamori (an Okinawan alcoholic drink) with a habu in it. The snake is either drowned in the awamori and then preserved there for ages, or the snake is gutted and then preserved. Gross. That said, I really wanted to try it but never got the chance. Regrets!! T _ T
While we were in Okinawa, a touring Ghibli exhibit also decided to grace the island with its presence. They didn’t allow any pictures in the exhibit, of course, but here are some shots of the amazing post-exhibit hallway! People draw their own dust bunnies (of Tonari no Totoro and Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi fame) on these round little stickers and stick them on the walls!
Upon arriving on Okinawa’s main island, we decided to pay Okinawa World a visit. I imagine it’s quite like the Polynesian Cultural Center back home, just… not quite as nice or bad-ass. Same sort of concepts, though. Traditional island culture, touristed-up. Still, it was fun! We got to see a sea snake race a mongoose, a lady smack a cobra on the back because apparently they can’t sense shit from above or behind them, a giant boa constrictor skin, and this old guy playing the… shamisen? Or the Okinawan equivalent. Sort of a weird amusement park, but still an interesting visit.
The beautiful beaches of perfect, perfect Taketomi Island.