I've been back from my trip for over a week, but still haven't gone through my photos. I will try to have photos and stories from my trip soon. Until then, here's some other news about Okinawa.
Seven-Eleven Japan has announced that it will start opening stores in Okinawa, the only prefecture in the country currently without Seven-Eleven stores, in fiscal year 2019. Seven-Eleven's president Kazuki Furuya told Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga that the company plans to open 250 stores in the prefecture the first five years. Competitors Lawson's and Family Mart already have stores in Okinawa.
My students often tell me Seven-Eleven is their favorite convenience store. My favorite is Seico-Mart, which is only found in northern Japan, mainly in Hokkaido. They have the best ice candy (Japanese name for popcicles). Here in Shizuoka, I like Lawson's, probably because it is the one closest to where I live.