We have officially been in Okinawa now a little over 6 months - January 14th to be exact.
So What have we done in our 6 months away from America? Well so far we have:
So far I think we've done pretty well exploring and the adventures will just continue! Let's see if we can do as much in the next 6 months.
So in honor of our 6 month anniversary with Okinawa, I'll write about our visit to the famous Shuri Castle on the island. We did this back in October but I haven't had time to post with school and all our trips abroad in the last 2 months.
We started our day by heading off to Makishi Public market in Naha. Here you can purchase fresh fish from vendors on the first floor, then they bring your selection upstairs to one of the restaurants where they cook it for you just how you like it. #nowthatswhatIcallservice #andfresh We chose a few shrimp, oysters, and scallops. We ate these with a side of okinawan stirfry. Hit the spot and now we were full to head to the castle and start exploring.
Next we headed over to Shuri Castle. This castle was built anywhere between 1322-1429. This place was used by King Sho Hashi who established the Ryukyu Kingdom and united the three principalities of Okinawa. Until 1880, this was the royal court and administrative center of the Ryukyu Kingdom, as well as the focal point of foreign trade. It was the political, economic, and cultural heart of the Ryukyus. Apparently this castles has burned down several times but was rebuilt each time (1609, 1879, and 1945). #gettineducated #thankswikipedia
There are 3 world heritage sites on the premises; the Sonohyan-utaki Stone Gate; this is where the king would pray for a safe journey whenever he left the castle, the Tamadun; a resting place for kings and their families within the 3 chambers of this tomb, and lastly Shurijo Castle itself.
During our tour of exploring the castle and it's grounds, we stopped and had traditional tea and desserts inside one of the buildings overlooking the gardens. Okinawans are big on Sanpin tea, which is jasmine tea brought over from China. We got to try 4 different desserts: Hanabouru, Kinsokou (both similar to shortbread cookies), Kunpen (pastry filled with soy bean), and Chiirunkou (a light fluffy cake dessert).
Until next time folks!
Follow in our Footsteps:
Makishi Public Market
〒900-0014 Okinawa Prefecture, Naha, Matsuo, 2 Chome−10−1
1 Chome-2 Shurikinjocho, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture 903-0815
Price: 820 yen (adults), 310 yen (children)
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!