Saturday, July 31, 2010

The American Village

Street Scene in the American Village

by Pa Rock
Cultural Explorer
This past weekend my new boss took me on a walking tour of the American Village, a beach front community of shops and eateries that cater to Americans. The focal point of the Village, besides the beautiful beach, is a gigantic ferris wheel (on the order of the London Eye) that does one revolution every twenty minutes. I didn't ride it on Sunday, but will soon. It looks like a great vantage point from which to take photos of a big chunk of central Okinawa.

The Beach at American Village

Tour Guide Urges Me Onward
While in the Village we walked through a large Okinawan grocery store observing many of the local delicacies that lined it shelves, and even sampled the local ice cream - which was delicious!  Lunch was at a sidewalk taco stand, where we chowed down on what can only be called "hellfire" tacos.

Another interesting stop was at a military surplus store that had items from the military of several nations.  I had a lot of fun digging through things that were necessities back in the day when I wore a uniform.

It was a beautiful day!

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