Anyway, on Friday I was up early; either from the jet lag or I was too excited to go see Shuri Castle. (It was the first one.) The castle opened at 8:30 and is a few miles from my hotel. That sounds like the perfect excuse to use the Okinawa/Naha-shi monorail! Monorail. Monorail. Monorail. It's only 600 yen ($6) for 24 hours and snakes through the length of Naha! Bargain. So, I hopped the monorail and rode it to the end of the line.
I might have mentioned the heat before. Incase you skipped that part, the heat, it is oppressive. Before I got to the castle I had to stop at the "rest center" just outside the walls. "Rest center" must be code for "Gift Shop" in Japanese. I bought a nice fedora and a sweat towel. These are towels that people here wear around their necks just for de-sweating themselves. I have found my new towel invaluable. Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy is right yet again.
A boy and his towel.
The castle itself is neat. Or the reproduction of the castle they have built. I was severely blown up in WW II in the battle of Okinawa. But that doesn't mean I don't still have to take my shoes off and put them in a bag to walk through.
After the castle was finished it was time for some more monorail and a trip to the local mall. No photos allowed in the mall! But, it was very average for a mall and the A/C was amazing.
Today (Saturday) I took a ride to Torii Beach with Adam, Hollie and their kido. On the way we stopped at a bagel shop, Cactus Eatrip Cafe, that makes an excellent bagel. I had an Oreo bagel with Oreo cream cheese and a hummus veggies sandwich on a curry bagel.
The beach was great and the weather perfect. The water is clear, cool and very refreshing,
This cloud looks like the British isle. And it's a pretty color.