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Golden Week 2008 - Okinawa V

A day in Naha


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We got up and went down to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. The women working down there were excellent; Andrew even got extra toast. Our first stop of the day was the public market, to check out the vendors. There was a pretty good system in place that made it different from other markets we've been to; the meat and seafood sections are in a fully air conditioned building, which eliminates that authentic market smell you sometimes get. That smell of meat sitting in the sun for a while. I really wanted to take lots of pictures but I felt guilty if I didn't buy anything. Upstairs from the markets there are a few restaurants that will cook your purchase for you.

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We left the market and made our way to the water, where the annual dragon boat festival was starting. That morning were the junior high races, so we watched a couple of them and wandered around the fairgrounds that had been set up for the event.

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Lots of food stalls, beer tents, games and rides, but the best part of all was the Elementary School Sumo Tournament. Kids of all sizes were taking part, some bouts were well matched.
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While some weren't.

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There was even a little girl in the competition. I cheered for her. Andrew said she was scrappy. She reminded me of Tally when she was kid. She put up a good fight, but she lost. I was sad for her.

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Anyway, we watched this for a little while and decided to try to find some lunch. We went back to the hotel, got the car and a restaurant recommendation and headed out. We found the restaurant, but it was closed. Navi was moody, so we ignored it and went to Shikinaen Garden, part of the World Heritage Ryukyu sites. It was shady, and it was a good respite from the sun. There were excellent English explanation of the features throughout. By the time we finished the garden we were getting hungry.

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We drove back to Kokusai-dori and decided to give the fish market a go. We bought a couple of big prawns and a crab, took them upstairs to a restaurant and had them cooked. We ate Okinawa soba while we waited. The seafood was excellent, but I don't think Andrew was prepared for the labour-intensive crab. We ate and went to Starbucks to get wake up drinks. Those didn't work well, so we went back to the hotel to relax for the rest of the afternoon. A couple of movies (Joe vs. the Volcano and Transporter 2) later, we found ourselves ready to eat again. We slowly got motivated and went out.

The first restaurant, Sam's, was an hour wait, so we kept walking. Turns out Sam's is a chain and the other one was a couple of blocks away. We got a table in 5 minutes and enjoyed a great steak dinner, teppanyaki style. Very much in the same vein as the Hamachi Steakhouse, flair and all. I was stuffed, but Andrew decided to get some ice cream, so I got some to go too. We walked as Andrew ate his ice cream, hopped in a cab and landed at our hotel for our last night in Naha.

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