We officially celebrated our first holiday season here in Okinawa! It was a great time, though I must admit I felt the pangs of missing family and good friends. For all of us who are away from loved ones, I am sure you can relate to that missing piece during the holiday seasons.
Our Christmas was spent at home together and it was one of the best Christmases we have had as a family. The kids had so many presents to open thanks to friends, family and Santa! Santa was even good to Brandon and I this year!
New Year’s Day we decided to just get in the car and drive! It proved to be a nice little adventure! We originally wanted to head up north but left the house way to late for that. The island is only about 60 miles long but it takes about 2 hours plus to get up there. We ended up just about 20-30 mins from the base in a town called Uruma. When I opened iMaps and put in Agena, which is a neighboring town, directions for castle ruins popped up and we headed right over.
Before I post the pictures, to most this may have not been as cool as an experience as I felt it was, but my curiosity was peaked by the old stone walls, shrines and the one statue that Brandon spotted, failed to tell me about and took one lousy picture of; which I was butt hurt about! Long ago there was a lovely park built around the ruins but had since been forgotten as its upkeep showed. There were a lot of broken benches, dilapidated canopy type structures, overgrown areas and the smell of sewage was almost unbearable in certain areas. There was a fountain there that appeared to be quite beautiful in its prime and a lovely old time dial which served as a history lesson for Jaiden. There was an old man who was watering the plants and his care for the lovely forgotten area touched my heart. It was just a cool experience. My new found love for history was stirred and I cannot wait to visit some of the other castles one the island.
We ended our day at the beach! Enjoying the blessings of low tide!
Below are the pictures of our holiday season! Enjoy!