1. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium on the north side of the main island. The exhibits at Churaumi have been designed so that you start at the beach and gradually move down into the deep sea, as if taking a dive.
2. Nishijin Textile Center in Kyoto, where we saw the complete process from silk worm to kimono and enjoyed a kimono fashion show.
3. Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine Flea Market in Kyoto. The shrine itself is something to see, but on the 25th of the month there is a huge flea market with everything from vintage kimonos and old swords to food and art and just plain junk. This is how we spent Christmas morning.
|Ted bought a dragonfly from this artist|
5. Fukushu En Park in Okinawa, an amazing 8500 square meter garden. It was completed in 1992, commemorating the city’s friendship with China and represents the great trade era of the Ryukyu. There was so much packed into this garden park, so much detail in the buildings and carvings. I especially liked the caves behind the waterfall.
Tomorrow I'll tell you about our holiday celebrations.