Our last day in Okinawa… So sad. But, even though we were only there for three days, it still felt like a long time. The last day started with us checking out of our hotel and going souvenir shopping for our Japanese friends (souvenir giving is a very important part of the culture).
International Street Taxi.
Sawako came to meet us again, and she brought a friend named Yuki. She let us keep our stuff in her car and then we went to go eat. On International Street, we saw some more Eisa dancers setting up to perform, so we stuck around to watch.
Here’s a video I got of them:
After the dancing, we went to Shurijo Castle!! Long ago, Okinawa used to be its own country called the Kingdom of the Ryukyus. During that time, the land was ruled by kings that lived in this castle.
Sawako said the wall is shaped like that for ninjas.
Entrance to main area.
Where the king sat.
A re-creation of the New Year’s Ceremony using models.
The castle was very interesting! I’m glad I got to see it. From the castle, we went to a beautiful Okinawan garden:
Turtles and fish live in the water.
Our group, minus Tami who took the photo.
Sawako and Yuki.
At the top there was a great view of the city, so I took a panorama:
Click to enlarge.
The garden was so cool. When we were done, it was starting to get late. We started our drive over to the airport, but stopped at an outdoor outlet mall. There wasn’t much there, but I got some ice cream.
To the airport.