Our cruise continues, and yesterday we stopped in Okinawa, Japan and visited Naha City. Morgan is a fan and lover of all things Japanese, and has been really looking forward to this stop.
We often have a “quest” when we visit a location. Something that we decide that we are going to seek out. In Okinawa, we had a couple of quests. The first was to find the Daiichi Makishi Public Market.
We stopped at one of the little stalls for some snacks – which were amazing.
Something that I found particularly delightful about many locations in Asia, is the attention that is paid to details, like outdoor floors. There were dozens of different beautiful mosaics on the floor throughout the market.
After a bit of searching, we found the primary objective of our market quest – a (semi) famous pig head named Jennifer. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out who in our family wanted to find this… 😉
After the market, we set out to find a BBQ place for Morgan.
Before we ventured back to the ship, we took a cab and stopped at the Fukushuen Garden.
We’re going to do a separate post just with photos from the garden. It was one of those places where it was very hard to take a bad picture.
Remember what I said about attention to detail? This photo is of the ceiling of one of the gazebos within the garden.
When we were near the waterfall, a woman started talking to Morgan and showed her behind the waterfall. After a minute of listening to chatter, I realized that Morgan was carrying on a conversation with this woman… in Japanese. She told us that she was learning Japanese… but we didn’t realize how “well” she was learning Japanese.
While this photo from the garden is not so “beautiful”, I wanted to include it because it gives a sense of how much of an oasis the garden is within the city.
I think that it is safe to say that our day in Okinawa, was Morgan’s favourite day of our travels so far. You may not be able to tell this from the photo, but Morgan is talking a million miles a minute as we head back to this ship… trying to convince us that we need to spend more time in Japan.
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