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Destination: Okinawa

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Deep inside a banana plantation. These are a different variety that do not produce fruit but are used to make fibre. The process is an incredibly time-consuming one and great skill and dexterity are required. More details on the blog soon

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Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan: Tokashiki Island

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Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Northern Main Island

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On my first day in Okinawa I visited the former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters in Naha City. Some 450 metres of tunnels were dug and today 300 metres are open to the public. It's a sobering place; the horrendous losses to both sides in the only large scale battle on land in Japan during World War Two (over 200,000 in total) are well documented and the exhibits reinforce the brutality of war. ‪#‎gutgokinawa2015‬

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Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Central Main Island

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Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan: Naha City, Day Two

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Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Naha City, Day One

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Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Introduction and background

Experiencing the exotic in Okinawa, Japan - Part 1: Introduction and background - Grown-up Travel Guide.com

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One of the benefits of my early arrival in Naha City, the capital of Okinawa, was that unlike the rest of the group I had time to visit an awamori distillery after lunch on my first day. It was worth the long, long journey and ridiculously early departure from home...after meeting my guide Seiko at the airport who took me for lunch I had a private tour of the factory and then it was time for tasting. Awamori is unique to Okinawa and is a strong spirit made from rice - but distilled rather…

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