The title of this post means 'thank you' in the dialect of Okinawa - it sounds nothing like the standard Japanese 'arigato'. In the same sense, Okinawa itself didn't really feel like Japan at all. The buildings/houses were different, the food was unique (there seemed to be an inordinate number of steak restaurants), and it seemed pretty run down in general. It felt a lot like south east asia. Darin and I both liked it a lot. We were only there for four days but it felt like weeks (we were very relaxed). We didn't visit any islands and spent most of our time in the northern town of Nago (pop. 50,000) as we were there to attend a friend's wedding. We stayed at the Kise Beach Palace. We visited the Churaumi Aquarium and the wedding was at Busena Terrace. I recommend all of these places. I posted all of our photos on Flickr, but here are a few of my favourites:
kise beach palace
Ocean Expo Park
one of the millions of lucky shisas concreted on to walls and buildings all over okinawa
cute squid at the Churaumi Aquarium
the wedding party - Kyoko wore the most elegant wedding dress and that hat was total class!!!
rock on girls and it was great to see you all in Okinawa!