Sunday (which would be "today" had I actually posted this on 3/20/11) I went to Okinawa World. This place is amazing...and huge! Something not so amazing about it is the excessive amount of snakes and snake pictures that they have. I walked out of a building to see a big white python (that you could take your picture with for 1000 Yen...NO THANK YOU). I had to run through the brewery with my head down and eyes covered because they had the Habu Sake with snakes everywhere (dead of course, in a bottle...because who doesn't want to consume spirits with a venomous snake looking at you?!) Just typing this gives me the creeps. Ick, you get the point.
On to the good stuff! There are so many different sections of Okinawa World and it has a little spot for everything Okinawan. There is a crafty section where you could try out various crafts and purchase some of the ones already created (including Bingata), there is a tropical fruit orchard with the most delicious dried fruit I've ever tasted (extremely over priced, but tasty none the less)
They put on Eisa dancing and Taiko Drumming shows throughout the day and they really are something to be seen! Unfortunately photos were not allowed, and considering my enormous fear of going to Japanese Prison, I chose to abide by this rule!
|All of the "traditional" toilets had these lovely instructions|
|Shisa made of planters and grasses|
|This bird was on the head of the Shisa in the previous picture. he jumped off right as I took the picture!|