I’m preparing to leave Okinawa in a few months, and lately I’ve been intensely aware of how I spend my days.
There are so many aspects of the local lifestyle I want to take home with me, but sadly some things just won’t translate.
To remember this time, though, I’ve been documenting the details. Years from now, I’ll look back and reminisce.
I’ll be writing a “Day in the Life” series in coming weeks. Here’s the first installment for this past Saturday:
6:30 am My favorite time of day is morning. I drink coffee and take in the view from my balcony. I’ll never get tired of watching sun rise over the ocean.
8:00 am I usually walk around the neighborhood for exercise. Here are a few sights I saw along the way today. Godzilla, anyone?
Many homes in my neighborhood are protected by a pair of shiisa, mythical lion dog creatures that scare away evil spirits. Below are some variations, including an adorable homemade rock shiisa.
11:30 am After walking, I took my paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum to a recycling center. Trash collection is taken very seriously on this tiny island, resulting in fines for improper disposal!
12:30 pm For lunch, I ate traditional Okinawan soba, a soup made from pork broth. Locals believe the special pork is one of their secrets to long life.
3:00 pm I ended up at a Cat Cafe next. Because many Japanese don’t own pets, Cat Cafes (offering drinks, snacks, and cuddle time) are popular. There’s lots more to say about this experience, so stay tuned.
8:00 pm My evening ended at a Taco Cafe for dinner (yes tacos are eaten here), where I ordered the Burrito Special. Silly me wrongly assumed it would be behemoth sized as I’m accustomed in the States, but it was the size of a 3×5 index card. After dinner, I lingered outside a jazz trio performance and admired the colorful fashion of the audience, including a few cross-dressers! Admission cost 2,000 yen, and while I was interested, the US/Yen exchange rate hasn’t been so good lately. I settled on people watching outside instead.
10:30 At home, I usually read before turning in and there’s always singing, chanting, or sanshin playing (banjo) coming from the houses below me. I’ll miss the free evening entertainment.
What’s a “Day in the Life” like for you? I love to read about how people live around the world. Tell me in the comments!