AmenoTsurayuki 44M
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6/10/2006 10:22 am

やっと、10以上東京に暮らしてても、やっと沖縄へ出張が来ました。しかも、2泊だけで、梅雨季節に…。でも、それで、割と人が少なかったので、ある程度、良かったです。

その短いあいだ、少し味わった、食べ物と現地の色々。
やっぱ、沖縄は琉球とよく感じます。しかもびっくりしたのは、沖縄のみんなはすごい丁寧に来客を付き合ってくれますね。東京や、大阪や、広島など、基本的に他人のことは他人のことです。海人はなんとなく違うとよく感じました。

ま、歴史的に、外人ともっと長いあいだ付き合ってるとの影響あるかもしれませんので、一般の本州・九州の大和人よりも、外国の心配・およそ怖がることはあまりしないみたいです。別にアメリカ軍人のことを我慢しているわけではなく、ただ、「xenophobia」(外人は怖いとか、外人むけの差別)を持っていません。

それで、超久しぶりにキャバクラにつれてしまった、楽しかった。また行かなっきゃ〜。

Okinawa. Though, I've been living and travelling all around Japan and Asia for the past 10 years, I finally had my first chance to go see Okinawa first-hand; instead of looking down at it as I passed over it so many times on my way to Taipei, Hong Kong, or somewhere else in SE Asia from Tokyo.

Again, I find it refreshing when people don't live up to the expectations created by news media or other films about a location or group of people---particularly when you expect mobs or gangs of people to come at you with ropes and axes to atone for the sins of your country's government meddling in their internal affairs.

But, I found the Okinawa people to be as gentile as possible. Very generous, open-minded, and accepting of people from around the world---quite a contrast to views of most people in Tokyo and in most of Japan in general. Recently, most Japanese have become even more xenophobic due to recent news feeds about foreigners bad habits or deeds in Japan. NHK or other t.v. channels rarely spend much time expounding on the better things that foreigners bring to Japan... like a labor force.

Anyway, just two days, in the rainy season in Okinawa. But that was enough to garner enough interest in me wanting to go back again, soon.

No, I don't think Okinawa is better than Hawaii. I haven't been to the Okinawan beaches yet to make a more professional opinion on that, though.

Photo: inside the Marriott, in Nago-shi, Okinawa, north of Naha by about 40km.


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