The Cellphone Pictures of Okinawa

I know. I am really awesome at being lazy. Some may even say I excel at it.
Actually in my defense, I have been kind of busy lately. But I wanted to get these pictures up here all of a sudden when I went to get some of them developed during my lunch break today. My grandma has been looking forward to the pictures and since she doesn’t have a computer, I developed them at Bic Camera (Did you know it’s not “Big” Camera but “Bic” Camera? What does that even mean?). I also got a really cute photo album to put the pictures in.
How often do we do that lately? I know I don’t as often as I used to.
Anyways, I still haven’t gone through my pictures from my camera but I’m putting some up from my cellphone. Makes me want to head back down there. It was a really great trip!
Look forward to more Okinawa spam coming up later this week! 😀
Bus rides in Okinawa are super expensive!
The only place in Japan where you can get root beer…yum!

We met up with our high school friend for lunch!
Sheesa at the entrance of the main street where all the tourists are, Kokusai-dori.

Love snack pineapples and Okinawan glass is so pretty!
We stumbled upon this shop where my friend sells his Nenrin brand interior goods!
Ginowan Seaside Park is a great place to relax and make flower bracelets!
We took a walk around the park before dinner on a warm and windy day.

My grandma’s yard had so many tropical flowers…and I took a picture of most of them.
My grandpa used to always get us sweets at Jimmy’s…this time we got a german cake!

We stopped by Shuri Castle before seeing my sister off at the aiport!
The restored Shuri Castle was gorgeous.
Grandma and I in the yard…isn’t she lovely?
Even bus stops have the traditional Okinawan tiles.
My parents both came to see me off 😀

Forever an ANA girl…whoop whoop!
Morning flight out of Okinawa…so sad to go.

And headed straight to work with a pineapple sticking out of my bag. haha.

8 thoughts on “The Cellphone Pictures of Okinawa”

  1. There is so much in this post that reminds me of South Africa. Obviously not the stone lion (ours are real) (grin) and the red castle, but the blue sky, the smiles, the openness, the casual style, the sandals, the hibiscus, the pineapple, the warmth (of the weather but mostly of the people) that is palpable even in the photos.

    What I liked the most? So many smiles that I started grinning, too.

    When do we get the next post? Tomorrow?


  2. Yep, I have a feeling there's a lot our motherlands have in common! 😀

    All I do is post pictures but I'm going through a posting-pictures-block!!! But I'm going to will it away!!!


  3. “BIC is a shortened, easier to remember version of the company creator's name, Marcel Bich.”

    When I was a kid I used to absolutely love A&W Root Beer. I think partly (or entirely) because they froze the mugs before pouring in the root beer. So imagine my pleasure when I first experienced in Japan regular beer that had a thin frozen layer on its surface from the frozen mug. Now, sometimes I put a wet mug in the freezer before later adding a bottle of beer or two (or three).

    Your grandmother looks so young and healthy! I have been a little worried about her, but not anymore. There is a strong possibility she will outlive me. (But of course).

    Are you sure that’s your mother and not your older sister? Ponce de Leon certainly was looking around in all the wrong places. Your father too. No wrinkles!

    I would like to, if you don’t mind, offer a casual greeting to that gorgeous pink flower: “Hi, Biscus.”


  4. I think you're refering to BIC as in the cute pens I love to use! Actually after some research I have learned that the electronics store, Bic Camera, we have here in Japan is named after the word “bic” that the founder heard while in Bali, which apparently meant “big” or “grand.” 😀

    PS: I love your comments! Always so full of interesting information. And your jokes!!! Teehee! 😀


  5. Talk about interesting information! I thought BIC Camera was the pen company branching out. Really. You should have been a teacher. You make being corrected such a pleasure.

    I found an old photo of an A&W Root Beer stand here. I guess you can tell from those cars that it isn’t Okinawa. Each car must cover more square footage than my old six-mat apartment


  6. Oh thank you! I love those old cars in the photo…so classic. Okinawa was the first place our family came back to after leaving the states and one of my first thoughts were “All these cars look like they were cut in half!” because they were all so slim. Especially the trucks!


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