Not knowing where you are going gets you to unexpected places
25.03.2009 - 25.03.2009 14 °C
In the bustling city of Naha there is a beach. One might expect that on an island. The girl at the Tiara hotel counter told me it was a fifteen minute walk; maybee she said 115. No Karate today. Sketch book in my bag off I went. The streets in Naha don't go north and south or east and west, they go wherever they feel like. After two hours of walking I found myself in some type of restricted port area. Big machines, big trucks and containers, big, big Uniformed Guard. He was smiling and not pointing anything at me. I smiled my best stupid Gagin smile, "Onegai", smile, "Doko",I said, eyebrows up, here my Japanese ran out, "Beach?" It took him a minute and like every other person on Okinawa he tried to help. His arm pointed out back the way had come and made and around the corner gesture. Off I went. After another fifteen minute walk I came upon the Naminoue Shrine, Shinto religion I think. Beside this was a monument to a Mr. Bettelheim, a Gagin, who brought anesthetic to the island. Further on came the interesting part of this walk. I came upon a statue of Budda with a halo and on the base of the statue was a swastika, three actually. I wonder if halo's and swastika's are an old Chinese or maybee Indian symbols. I of course took a picture. If the folks at home know about this send me a mail.
On to the Beach!
Just over the hill from the Naminoue Shrine is the beach. A big rock cliff that the shrine sits on, two hundred meters of sand forty meters wide surrounded by a sea wall. Then the big city part. Less than a half a kilometer out in the shallow water a huge bridge and just past that what looks like another bridge being constructed. No panoramic view, no vistas of the South China sea, just construction. Don't bother with the beach. I'm told the best beaches are in the north part of the island. Me and my bathing suit will go there. I did a sketch anyway. P