Thursday, May 26, 2011

Just a little info about Okinawa

Welcome to Okinawa, a small tropical (and humid) island paradise! Okinawa has beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and crystal blue, postcard-picture waters. (My hair will be one big frizz ball for the next 3 years)

How big is Okinawa? In short, it is 67 miles long and varies in width from 2-17 miles wide. Though the length sounds short, it will take you well over 3 hours to traverse the full length due to the roads, traffic, and speed limits.

Is Okinawa a city or an island? - and more! Okinawa is the name for a city, an island, and a group of islands. Okinawa island (where the US military bases are) is the main island of the Okinawa Prefecture (prefecture is a term used to describe a geographic/political section, much like we use the term "county" or, more accurately, "state). Okinawa Prefecture includes 159 more islands. Okinawa is often referred to as the "Keystone of the Pacific" because of its strategic location with respect to major Far East cities. Indeed, Okinawa is approximately as close to Seoul (Korea), Manila (Philippines), and Hong Kong (China) as it is to Tokyo (Japan). . .each are about 850-1,000 miles away.

1 comment:

  1. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you begin this new chapter and adventure of your lives in Japan. Please keep us posted and post pics when you can. How long will you be there? May God give you His peace and work out all the uncomfortable new situations that may occur in this transition. Blessings, (Uncle) James and Lori


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