I’m not kidding you. With conviction, Okinawa is excessive!
But before anything else, I’d like to announce a little something…
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This is not just for my summary post of Okinawa. From my observation I can seriously say that Okinawa is excessive. Ridiculously excessive, I should say. It has been my observation ever since and it proved continually the entire 6 months of my stay here. But it is over-the-top all in a good way.
All I mention here has its own post. If you see something you like and want to find more about it, go to search tab and type the necessary words. I’m tired of linking my posts. :D
- 277,000! people participated in pulling this giant rope that weighs over 40 tons and extends over 650 feet! It’s the largest tug of war in the world starting in 1997.
The rope which is made from rice straw was recorded in Guinness Book of Records as the longest rope made from natural material.
- Churaumi Aquarium is what once the largest aquarium in the world for quite a while until others caught up. It still raising the bar being the third largest, and its tank, Kuroshio, now ranks the second. It houses 3 of the largest fish in the world, the great whale shark.
Japan has ridiculously so many festivals and other observations, and Okinawans are real festival people. Okinawa hosts most matsuri during summer and the periods of Obon. Even the Tug of War event is considered “festival”.
- I loved going to festivals myself as it really showcases a lot of their culture and tradition. Shishi-mai (Lion Dance) “Festival” is actually a cultural show more than a festival. This festival, though an impressive one to witness, took too long for their audience to sit on. A lot of people stood up before it finished.
Just like the mainland Japan, vending machine in Okinawa is ridiculously everywhere. You can see in places you wouldn’t think no one would use.
- Shisa in Okinawa is everywhere as well. Shisa are displayed in the entrance of houses and establishments to ward off bad evil and keep good evil in.
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- There are a little over a million (a million!) of staglamites/staglatites in Gyokusendo Cave in Okinawa World.
- Cherry Blossoms (for lack of a better word) blossom here in Okinawa as early as the second week of January while the rests of Japan have to wait til March or April. Ridiculous, but oh so neat. :D
- Sorry folks, I didn’t get to the Sunflower “Festival”. The weather just didn’t cooperate. The sunflowers are incredibly tall and plenty. It would have been an awesome sight.
- During Christmas time, there are plenty of places to witness light illuminations. Just one area usually equals the number of lights with the Okinawan population. How many? Only about 1.1 – 1.4 Million lights, that’s all. I got to see the light illumination in Southeast Botanical Garden.
- In most of the events and places I’ve been to while exploring Okinawa, they love showcasing parts of their culture. Sanshin and taiko drums are overly used, and I am not at all complaining. Eisa is my most favorite thing in Okinawa. They hosts the 10,000 Eisa Dancers Festival.
Rain or shine, the festival must go on.
See I told you. The numbers are there to prove it. For such a tiny island, Okinawa is ridiculously excessive!
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