This is actually where the first time I went out in Japan.
A volunteering activity and a fun, fulfilling day at the beach.
This was only the first weekend when I got here in Japan. The instance I heard that they are looking for volunteers to clean up a beach, I immediately signed up for it. It was for that opportunity, and plainly for the urge of wanting to see Japan for the first time.
It really set the tone for me. Not only did I get to contribute immediately to Okinawan community but I also got to interact with the locals in just a matter of days of coming here.
We cleaned the beach, grilled hotdogs and burgers, and played beach volleyball with them. Just an excellent way to build relationship and rapport with the locals. I learned my first few Japanese words from them. I also learned that they have a very tight, unshakeable familial atmosphere. It’s kind of their religion actually. They have their utmost respect for each of the family members. So it’s a big no-no when you mouth foul words or basically any rude or ill-mannered acts around them. That pretty much tells you that Japanese people truly are the nicest people despite their history.
White Beach is part of a military installation here in Okinawa.
[All images above are taken with my cellphone.]
I love the skies here in Japan. I dont mean to compare, but the clouds here are very noticeable unlike anywhere I’ve ever been in America, or anywhere really. Same thing in the Philippines. Philippines has great cloud formations but you hardly notice it esp. when you’re in the city. Everyday here in Okinawa is just explosions of heavenly glories in the sky.
The clouds drifted apart, the sun is gone, and nothing is heard afterwards…ahhh peace.