Okinawa Trip

OKINAWA TRIP 21: GRAND FINALE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger On the way to Okinawa, we stopped overnight in Hawaii, and got to witness a beautiful sunset along with a rainbow.  That night inspired this haiku: Waikiki sunset! tourists clamor in the street soba in bellies Here are two highlights of our trip on video, as promised: these kata took place at…

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OKINAWA TRIP 20: HAWAII OKINAWAN CULTURAL CENTER

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We were able to stop over in Hawaii for two full days, plus a little longer, before we landed on the mainland (U. S. A.).  Several years prior, I had come across the Hawaii United Okinawa Association online while researching Okinawa.  I had determined then that if I ever went to Hawaii,…

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OKINAWA TRIP 19: GOODBYE OKINAWA

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We left on one of the first flights Sunday morning, but this was not the end of our trip.  It was not even the end of my visit to things Okinawan. It was a nice drive to the airport in Naha, with fluffy clouds in the sky.  We actually got to the…

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OKINAWA TRIP 18: ON THE ROAD FROM NAHA

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger I enjoyed comparing and contrasting the everyday things like road workers and signs. Naha: the city’s sites adjacent to Shuri Castle: I found this interesting: the center high-rise is completely covered in tarps as they do construction on it: This elf sign adorned several locations.  I believe they were vehicle emission facilities…

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OKINAWA TRIP 17: SHURI CASTLE

by Jenifer Tull-Gauger On Saturday, July 4th, we went to Shuri Castle, in the capitol city of Naha.  There were a lot of (mostly) Asian tourists there, and it was fairly crowded.  Our hosts worked their magic with the attendants in the full parking garage and finagled enough parking for us. Shuri Castle has been…

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OKINAWA TRIP 16: SHOPPING, RELAXING & PR

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger The huge sign, above, bordered a large, open park.  We stopped at a large grocery store to get food to grill at the Wray’s.  Below is something that Amy told us about, but we finally got to see it with our own eyes.  They sell premium fruit that is gift-worthy.  These watermelons…

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OKINAWA TRIP 14: OCEAN EXPO PARK

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Thursday morning, we drove north to the Motobu Peninsula.  The highway was fairly scenic, but the overcast weather and early hour kept lulling me to sleep on the ride.  As we got close, the road went up the coastline. The group’s goal for the morning was to go to the Okinawa Churaumi…

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OKINAWA TRIP 13: HAKUGIN-DO TEMPLE & BASEBALL GAME

by Jenifer Tull-Gauger We had at least a few hours before our evening baseball game, and only had use of one vehicle at this time.  Most of the group walked around Naha, to a park that was closed for the day.  Depue Renshi, Gauger Renshi, Tull-Gauger Sensei and I took the approximately 30-minute drive out…

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OKINAWA TRIP 12: NAHA, KOKUSAI DORI, SHUREIDO

by Jenifer Tull-Gauger Our Wednesday in Okinawa was spent in the Naha (capitol city) area.  I want to let you know about something pretty awesome we saw the night before.  Gauger Renshi and I were dropping people off at Hamagawa Lodge, and when we were in the parking lot, which was slim and bordered by…

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OKINAWA TRIP 11: ZAKIMI CASTLE, TUMAIGUSHIKU BEACH PICNIC

by Jenifer Tull-Gauger Tuesday morning, we drove out to Zakimi Castle.  It was still hot and humid, but I could not complain about it this day, because trees and the ocean breeze made it tolerable.  On the drive to the castle, I noticed shisa statues everywhere, especially guarding houses and properties in the neighborhoods.  …

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