Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture and is part of the Ryukyu Island chain. It’s a tiny island, but packed with activity. I had the privilege of living there for 11 years, and spent the majority of my free time trekking, swimming, snorkeling, or diving in the bath-water warm seas. It was an incredible experience. The people, the food, the culture, and of course the beauty compose everything that I miss about it. You can take ferries to the ‘outer’ islands, which are less populated and where the people aren’t as impacted by ‘progress.’ I loved finding beaches with no one else on them, and that was an easy thing to do. Being the only person–well, people, I was usually with friends–on a beach was wonderful. Talk about getting away from it all.
I hope I captured at least a little of Okinawa’s essence. It’s difficult to be an accurate judge of that because I can’t separate the memories from the photos.