Okinawa vol.1

Okinawa vol.1
Hello Beauties & Cuties :on:
I made it through my first week of university which was chaotic but fun. As I wrote in my previous entry today I would like to show you some photos I took over three years ago when I was in Japan. The photos a have slightly sad background story which I will tell you later on but I hope the quality is ok nevertheless.

When I think about Japan, the first thing I remember and miss are the people and nature. I’m not sure if I ever wrote about my stay in Japan but here we go~ let’s start with why I chose Japan…

I decided to go to Japan shortly before my final exams over three years ago. The reason was simple: I was cutting almost all the lessons and wasn’t well prepared enough to take my exams! The only way for me to escape the pressure and guilty conscience was to travel somewhere copletely new. I hadnt read a Manga nor wasnt I really allowed to watch Anime as a kid because my mother thought they were horrible and I had never eaten Sushi so I had all the reasons to visit this completely new country. Since I knew that I had to stay away for at least one year to really get to know a country and different lifestyle I didnt want to renounce security and a certain amount of infrastructure. So I could also have chosen Singapur, Taiwan or South Korea but Silvankun had just started with Japanology so that’s why on the 27th of August 2008 we left for Japan.

To see more pictures of Okinawa, read on~

The pictures above were taken on our one-day trip to Yubu– and Taketomijima in Okinawa, the most southern part of Japan. It was our last stage before flying back to Tokyo to take the plane back to Switzerland. Even if it was February the weather was sunny and warm and we enjoyed our last weeks exploring different islands.

The water between Iriomotejima and Yubujima is so shallow that you can easily walk across but most people use the water buffalo to save getting their feet wet… As we walked around the small island we discovered an enclosure with tiny boars and some of the young were dead! I know it sounds unbelievable and maybe it’s “normal” and there was nothing the keepers could do but I was shocked nevertheless. Anyway, there were great things all around the island and I had the best ice cream!!! Sake flavoured.. :nope: I loved it even if I don’t like the taste of alcohol.
I’m probably going to make an entry like this once a week and tell you some memories. So stay tuned for more remote spots of Japan!


PS: I forgot to tell you the sad story about these pictures! We stayed in Japan for six month and I had taken thousands of pictures… after two years or so we lost all of them. Fortunately I had posted some of them to fb but 90% were lost forever.
Pretty sad eh? Of course we tried EVERYTHING but no way… they were gone and with them my trust in digital photos. That’s why the size and quality of these pics is rather low! :bang:

11 Responses »

  1. Wow, I’m looking forward to theses posts. I visited Japan this year but only the biggest cities :oh: . That’s even more awesome you never read any manga or saw a drama before, I went there being a total fangirl :starlove:
    That’s really sad you lost all your pictures. It happened to me once and now I’m saving all of them on a hard disk :crying:

    • wuaaah that’s so cool that you went there! I’m really missing it and I think I will go back there for a month in January :P but only if I have the money.. :crying:

  2. “I was cutting almost all the lessons and wasn’t well prepared enough to take my exams!”

    Haha, oh dear! Hope you’ll be a more conscientious student this time around :P

    The water buffalo are so cute >_>; I’d love to go to Okinawa one day too <3

    And the same thing happened to my photos when I went to Tokyo in 2008 – I took something like 300 pictures, but most of them were lost when my hard drive crashed last year :( I don't trust computers any more, bleh -___-;

    • wow, I’m really astonished that this photo accident happened to so many people :bang: Okinawa is beautiful~ and oh yes, I’ll give my best this time.. :D

    • Sadly I really haven’t been to Kyushu but next time I will for sure! thanks for the compliment ;) I’ll definitely check out your page for Bento supply!

  3. So beautiful!
    Okinawa is one of the last 2 prefectures I have yet to visit in Japan. I’ve been to 45 prefectures thus far.
    I plan to go this winter vacation and can’t wait to go! ^-^

  4. This is such a great post and really enjoyed reading why you got to go japan too! I’ve never been to the island, but looks awesome and so beautiful.. I need to visit there someday. All the photos are so beautiful and didn’t look like low resolutions at all, by the way :) xo akiko
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  5. Such beautiful photos!! One of my friends have worked there for a summer and she loves Okinawa!!! Love the butterfly photo!!!!!!!!!!! :catexclam:

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