14 comments on “Okinawa (I)

  1. Okinawa, the fierce battleground and killing fields where a huge number of Japanese and Allied troops lost their lives before the bombing of Hiroshima and Negashaki at the close of the Pacific War. It has been recently hyped up as vacation destination by local tourist agents but I wonder whether there is much worth seeing besides the aquarium and immense cemeteries.

    • Yes, it was the scene of one the most bloodiest battles in WWII. Surprisingly, there are still something worth seeing. I will report in the next post.

  2. You alluded to the engineering challenge-no doubt, structural . The marine biologists have a much greater challenge-the sustainability of the marine life. Ocean Park, by comparison, is just for tourists and they have made it worst in competing for more ‘dollars’

    • The Okinawa aquarium has a 1.8m diameter offshore sea water intake pipe which takes in water 350m off the coast at 20m depth. Also, they have a closed high pressure filtration system with polyester membrane and silicate sand for the filtration. This is a big challenge for the E&M engineers.

  3. The scenery is so beautiful. This made us who are still hard-working everyday jealous of it.
    Now you know you made the right decision, this should be made earlier.

  4. I just read that there are more centenarians in Okinawa than anywhere in the world. If we wish to live longer and be as happy as them, perhaps, we should move there.

    • Make sense. The cost of living and price of property are likely to be less expensive than in the main islands of Japan. There is not much economy there. Young people have gone to cities on the main islands; many buildings are aged. Price of properties may surge if Okinawa is successfully hyped up as a tourist destination.

  5. Our diminutive Ocean Park pales in comparison (but I love ours anyway) because I can’t go to Okinawa (yet). My uncle comes from there and I remember my aunt and cousins visiting a couple of years ago – they loved the “butanding” or the whale shark and had the actual diving experience here after they visited Okinawa. But after weeks of hearing about them my cousins got tired of them.

    The engineering designs you described were used here in our local ocean park as well. It really is an amazing feat and in Okinawa truly mind-boggling when I compare the scale of it based on the topmost photo. Amazing!

    • I think larger and larger aquariums are being built. It was really sight looking at the full view from a distance. Have a great weekend🙂

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