Okinawa (Part V)

May 17

Alleged happenings on Okinawa in December 1970 . . . 

[Remember when I noted there are several thousand skerries around Okinawa?]

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[Well, I may have photographed every one of them . . . ]

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[My guess – sugar cane . . . ]

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[You can tell by the blueness of the water this was another trip to the Pacific side . . . ]

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[I have reason to suspect this is Ou Shima on the SE side of the main island.  I’m pretty sure we didn’t go there . . . ]

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[These cliffs were the last defence line of the Japanese forces on the Okinawa island in 1945. Many chose to jump to their deaths rather than be captured or killed by American forces. Today, this area is called Peace Prayer Park (tracesofwar.com).]

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[Views from the cliffs . . . ]

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[On the SE corner of the country . . . ]

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[As noted, it’s a park – heavily frequented by tourists . . . ]

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[Likely the village of Mabuni . . . ]

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[Another I remember the guy but not his name.  I remember this day and this walk . . . ]

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[School kids on field trips . . . ]

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[And now we’re driving away from the cliff . . . ]

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[What the island’s interior mostly looks like . . . ]

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[What the island’s exterior mostly looks like . . . ]

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[Yes, a long and winding road from an overlook . . . ]

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[The next 6 photos are shots along the coast road . . . ]

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[Now we’re at the top of the East-West store in Futema, our “home town” . . . ]

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[The above is shooting back at our military area and below is shooting up toward the north and Yaetake Peninsula . . . ]

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[This is shooting south toward the capital city of Naha . . . ]

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[Shooting east across the island . . . ]

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[Shooting north along the city’s main street . . . ]

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[Looking through the city to the SE . . . ]

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[Looking to the NE . . . ]

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[Window shopping the street, with the ubiquitous John Morton . . . ]

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[I’m not in Minnesota anymore . . . ]

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War is life multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of.  ~  Sebastian Junger

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