27 May 2016 - 12:18 am - The Intercontinental, Okinawa Japan
I left Saigon early this morning and arrived in Hong Kong around noon. During my layover, I worked on some correspondence with [name removed] from the government office in HCMC and enjoyed a warm cup of tea. The flight from Hong Kong to Okinawa was short, and uneventful - my work kept me occupied. When landing procedures began and I peered out the window...my breath was taken away.
he sky was soft, the ocean a deep blue and the cliffs so sheer - veiled in mist and lush with green foliage. Then the city emerged - just as i imagined, it was so well organised, the water emerald and turquoise, just gorgeous!
I rushed through immigration, noticing how neat and organised everything is...this Japanese island reminded of a relaxed version of Changi c. 1985.
I picked up my car, and quickly got on the road - time to chase the sun. I reached the American village before dusk and took a brisk walk around the pier and canals. Located in Mihama, the American village was built to cater to the American soldiers stationed in Okinawa. The Depot Island serves as the primary hub, home to plenty of bars, restaurants and shops along the canal.
Okinawa is so colourful, and - although not as affluent as other regions of Japan, the island's dedication to horticulture and wildlife is impressive. This beautiful Hummingbird Hawk-Moth followed me around the gardens in the American village, as I made photographs.
The Ferris Wheel is the most iconic structure in the American village. Built atop the Dragon Palace entertainment arcade, the Ferris Wheel opens daily and provides breathtaking views of the American Village and Chatan coastline for ¥00.
I stopped by a local restaurant for an Asahi Beer and snack, which turned into the dinner. The seafood was so fresh and pork so succulent, how could I refuse?