Cherry Blossoms (or sakura 桜) is a big deal in Japan so naturally I was excited to see this while living here. I decided to head up to the north part of Okinawa, to Nakijin Castle (castle in Japanese is jo) to view these pretty pink blossoms. Nakijin Castle (今帰仁城 Nakijin Gusuku) is a Ryukyuan castle currently in ruins and was the capital of Hokuzan (one of the three principalities of the Ryukyus in the late 14th century). Today it is known for the Hikan cherries which bloom in northern Okinawa between mid-January and early February, providing the first cherry blossoms each year in Japan.
We have officially been in Okinawa now a little over 6 months - January 14th to be exact.
Busy weekend so I thought I'd share! Friday night we decided to hit the town and see what it had to offer. We went on a bar crawl near the Air Force base Kadena, gate 2, which is only about 3 km from our house. We made it to about 6 bars before calling it a night but we had fun and I got to finally try some habu sake, also known as Habushu (ハブ酒) , as well as a tarantula tequila shot. What is habu you ask? Habu is a venomous snake in Okinawa and the habu is put into okinawa sake, which is an awamori (Thailand rice) based liquor. Actually not bad, kind of tasted like a less intense fireball shot without the antifreeze #thatshitwillkillya.
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!