Gyokusendo Cave, from my 2 previous posts, was highly mentioned as a travel suggestion during our orientation here in Okinawa. It says that it is in Okinawa World. Given I don’t fully research about the places I go to, I really wondered so much as why they call it “Okinawa World”, and why in the Okinawa World the cave is doing there.
Luckily Okinawa World is not a theme park as I thought it sounded to be, neither a news channel. Little did I know (I’m too slow to catch it.) that Okinawa World encompasses most of what you need to know about Okinawa living. That being said, in well under a month, i got me a pretty good gist of what it’s like here in this little piece of Japanese land. No book nor Powerpoint presentation can offer that kind of knowledge in one presence than being in Okinawa World.
My favorite interest is the Shisa. It is a cross between a lion and a dog. Most houses and businesses display this pair outside. The one with a closed mouth, always left side, is to keep good spirits in. The one with an open mouth, right, is to shoo away bad spirits. The one below…
….. just smiling stuff toys, perhaps to mock whatever kind of spirit.
Above: Old houses, hanging wishes, food that day, open-mouth Shisa and Habu snake.
They also have a glass blowing and shisa making tutorials.
We each made our glass purchases. We all also tried wearing Kimonos which was so cool. We also wrapped wrapped ourselves to a very large snake. Like I previously said, it was a bucketlist galore when we were there in Okinawa World. We also tried Habushu or Habu Sake or snake wine. They also have Eisa performance, but photography was not allowed. You can visit my previous post here.
They said a swig of this snake liquor can easily knock you out, an instant sleeping pill. A bite from the snake can actually lead to many side effects including death as Habu snakes are venomous.
Extra more: Banyan tree, paper wishes, shisa on a roof, glass blowing
What is Gyokusendo Cave has to do with allllll these? Nothing, it just there in Okinawa World. Just there to confused me. I was wanting so badly to be inside a cave someday, and I got more than I hoped for. The name completely threw me off, but Okinawa World turns out to be such a very neat thing. It’s a one-stop place to get to know a location’s traditions and way of life. I couldn’t ask for a better orientation.
My most favorite Japan blog?
Cocomino!!! Cocomino’s blog is awesome. It’s your one-stop blog of all things Japanese. He got travel locations, museums, parks, family fun and games, activities like making sponges and chopsticks, what-have-they’s. One thing you need to know is that English is a second language to him, but you’ll be so amazed on how he picks up on it. I love this blog. If you want to see Japan, you gotta see Cocomino’s blog Life in Kawagoe.