Okinawa Trip

OKINAWA TRIP 14: OCEAN EXPO PARK

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Thursday morning, we drove north to Ocean Expo Park located on the Motobu Peninsula.  The highway was fairly scenic, but the overcast weather and early hour kept lulling me to sleep on the ride.  Then, as we neared the park, the road went up the coastline.  I tried to psyche myself up…

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OKINAWA TRIP 13: HAKUGIN-DO TEMPLE & BASEBALL

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.  Hakugin-do Temple waited about a 30-minute drive away from Naha. This shrine to self-control topped my “must do” list for the trip. Depue Renshi, Gauger Renshi, Tull-Gauger Sensei and I…

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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 Zakimi, I noticed shisa statues everywhere, especially guarding houses and properties in the neighborhoods.  …

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OKINAWA TRIP 10: OKINAWA KENPO EXCHANGE EVENT

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Kiyan Sensei invited us to an Okinawa Kenpo exchange event.  The evening continued to be full of activity.  Many thanks go to Amy and David Wray for bringing us a LOT of water, and for taking photos and video to share.  The Okinawa Kenpo exchange took place in a room upstairs, adjacent…

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OKINAWA TRIP 9: RYUKYU MURA

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger On part two of our Monday in Okinawa, we drove out to Ryukyu Mura.  Yes, I was the person taking pictures of school children.  They ALL wear uniforms and carry large, expensive backpacks.  They use the same backpack for years, even throughout all of their schooling.  I thought our children and teens…

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OKINAWA TRIP 8: SURVIVING MONDAY MORNING TRAINING

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger After our day of rest, we started Monday morning raring to go.  We went to Depue Renshi’s dojo to for karate training.  It was adjacent to a freeway overpass.  The Okinawan government owns this beautiful, large dojo. This is similar to the budokan in Naha, Okinawa, and other budokans in Japan that…

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OKINAWA TRIP 7: BEACH, AMERICAN VILLAGE AND DOJO BAR

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger   On Sunday, we finally got time to relax and try to acclimate.  In the morning we went to Araha Beach – this time to just hang out, and with no camera crew watching.  I went beach-combing.  The shells were very small, and/or broken.  We waded in the jellyfish net area.  The…

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OKINAWA TRIP 6: NAKAGUSUKU CASTLE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger After our delicious lunch in the “Lucky Cat Café” we sang Happy Birthday to our interviewer Taika-san.  Then we got back to business and drove off to one more castle, Nakagusuku, before the TV crew returned to mainland Japan.  Some pics of the neighborhood:   I would give this the “Best Parking…

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OKINAWA TRIP 5: KATSUREN CASTLE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger   Next, we were off to Katsuren Castle.  Here is a model of the whole thing, with an artist’s rendition of the buildings.  It was a bit of a drive to the east side of the island.  We drove past the bay where the Battle of Okinawa started.  Across the street from…

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