There are a lot of different things to do in Okinawa, Japan. It’s an interesting country ruled by the Japanese since after the second world war, however there are a few American military bases on this small island. About 7 miles wide by 70 miles long, this country used to harbor what were originally Okinawans, who had their very own language and culture. Since then their culture has kind of meshed together with the Japanese traditions, things like their original language nearly lost forever.
Although the war destroyed a lot of the wild life there, there are still many amazing animals, such as the big fruit bat, the banana spider, and sea life. There’s a species of poisonous snakes that live in the sea there called the habu (HAH-boo), and they have mongooses that live there as well. The Japanese will place the two of them in a glass tank with a sheet of glass in between the two and place bets on a fight. When the glass is raised up, they go at it, the mongoose usually winning.
There are pretty beaches there as well as a jungle like atmosphere, where banana and papaya trees grow. There are some parks for both adults and kids, with roller-pin slides and other attractions to visit. Down-town there are a lot of cool stores to go to with very unique things you can buy. As you walk down the street you can tell you are not in the states. There will be cross walk lights chirping and Japanese music playing, different people dressed in different styles of clothes, delightful smells of Japanese restaurants and candy stores, and signs everywhere in Kanji (Japanese writing) with people driving on the left hand side of the road.
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Although it stays fairly hot there year round, it is a somewhat exotic place that you can explore. These are just a few of the things that the island has to offer. If you are up to trying something different, a trip to Okinawa should definitely do the trick for you.
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