First Post: Layover in Tokyo traveling to Okinawa!

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Here’s my blog! I’m kind of new to this so please be kind to me 🙂

I made a promise to myself that instead of the monotonous routine of posting on social media such as Instagram or Facebook, I would make an actual blog, and here it is! I wanted to deactivate my Facebook over the summer during my travels and keep an online journal instead.

It’s been a hectic past couple of days of flying, catching trains, and finally arriving to my final destination, Uchinaa (Okinawa). I am so happy to see my parents and sister/brother-inlaw because I haven’t seen them in over a year. I feel very close to my family and it was a struggle to not be near them for so long. It’s truly a blessing to also visit the land where I came into the world. It has been a dream of mines since I was a young child growing up in Hawaii to visit my birthplace of Okinawa. Thank God that the universe lined up in my favor and I am so grateful to celebrate my milestone of graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in a place where I had my first beginnings in life.

I caught my plane from Honolulu International Airport and sat next to a married couple from Palau. The flight was very long but I somehow was able to sleep. I arrived in Narita International Airport and caught the train into Tokyo where Satomi-san met me 🙂 Special thanks to Uncle Ted for letting Satomi know I was coming and for buying my museum tickets!!! I had a 20-hr layover in Tokyo and I immediately planned a visit to another bucket-list place, The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. I asked if Satomi could buy my ticket and also accompany me there and it worked out! I have to admit, the Tokyo train system is absolutely amazing and I am thankful that I had Satomi to guide me because I would have been lost (she mentioned that people from outside Tokyo need help catching trains).

We arrived at Mitaka station and caught the yellow catbus to the museum. There’s no photography allowed inside the museum (sorry no pictures!) but below are some pictures I took outside 🙂 After the museum, we went to eat at a very local ramen place. You select/pay for your food at the machine outside and go inside to give to the worker. Next time I’ll take a picture of my food (haha, sorry!). Then Satomi-san took me to her apartment and we went to sleep because my flight was at 6am. My time in Tokyo has truly been a blessing and I’m thankful for the opportunity to fulfill another dream 🙂

Narita International Airport to Nippori!
Narita International Airport to Nippori!
Nippori Station
Nippori Station
Satomi-san
Satomi-san
Drinking the special beer at the end :)
Drinking the special beer at the end 🙂
4am before catching my flight to Okinawa
4am before catching my flight to Okinawa
FUJI-SAN from the plane
FUJI-SAN from the plane

My mom is calling me to go eat breakfast so I gotta go! I miss and love you all!

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4 thoughts on “First Post: Layover in Tokyo traveling to Okinawa!

    Kahea said:
    May 19, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Uchinaa-guchi wakai miseemi?

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      pumpkinhead88 responded:
      May 20, 2015 at 2:16 am

      No 😦

      But I want to learn Unchinaa-guchi!!!

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    Cathy said:
    May 19, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    That picture of Fuji Mountain is amaaazing!

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      pumpkinhead88 responded:
      May 20, 2015 at 5:07 am

      I am so happy that I got a window seat to view it!
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