Okinawa and Beyond

  Asia 2018, Japan 9 November, Airbnb Naha City, Okinawa A fairly long couple of days' travel were required to get us to Japan's southernmost prefecture, Okinawa. Following a day flight from Brisbane to Osaka, via Cairns, we overnighted at the Kansai Airport hotel. From there it was a two and a half hour flight to Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture. The Okinawan archipelago is a string of islands in the East China Sea scattered between Kyushu, the southernmost of the main Japanese islands and Taiwan. Naha lies on the 26 th parallel or latitude, putting it closer to the Equator than our home city of Brisbane. This probably accounts for the extremely hot and humid day today.  This is our seventh trip to Japan and sometimes we think we have just about done it all. Then we discover another little corner of this amazing country and we are again enthralled. Okinawa has a long history and a culture that is somewhat different from the rest of Japan. Until relativ