Dawn (alphasunrise) wrote,


Okinawa is green, with turquoise blue waters washing up on white coral
beaches. Dainty white butterflies flutter over the flowers.

Most of the structures are concrete--understandable, since the island is in
typhoon country. The houses are fairly neutral light colors--grey or cream
colored. The main part of a house is usually supported by concrete pillars
under part of it, so that cars can park beneath. On the upper level, the
house has a balcony with a short wall instead of a railing. Most of the
balconies have decorative sections, such as three rows of circular holes,
and frequently these decorative segments are painted a different color from
the rest of the house. I saw some walls with green and some with yellow
highlighting the pattern. The roofs are mostly flat, and sometimes also have
the short walls or railings around them. On top of nearly every house is a
tank, most of them shiny steel. I think the tanks might be for water.

The tombs are grey concrete or stone. They're arch-shaped, with the roof
extending out onto two pillars at the edge of a small entry porch. They're
scattered all over the island--in the jungle, in the towns, right behind the
local Family Mart (equivalent to a 7-11), and just about everywhere else.
We were told that they are family tombs.

The pachinko parlors had bright banners hanging on poles, and one had fake
palm trees in a rainbow of colors filled with flashing lights inside them.

I wish I had remembered my camera in the daytime.

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