okinawa world

Okinawa World: Habu Show & Gyokusendo Cave!

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It was a pretty rainy day but we went to Okinawa World, nestled in the middle of farm lands! It was like… Polynesian Culture Center (but not? lol). It was a huge tourist attraction but it was fun! Cathy went crazy with souvenir buying again but this time she got a coupon and a free bag! I really appreciated the large scale maps they had, especially of the distribution of snakes found throughout the Ryukyu Islands. It was very interesting and I learned a lot from the exhibit! I didn’t know the there were so many different types of snakes found here. The most common snake found in Okinawa is habu (ha-boo) and it’s poisonous! I hope I never encounter one in its environment.

We don’t have snakes in Hawaii (thank God!) and it was overwhelming to see vast amounts of them here. Please enjoy the photos! Cathy and I took a picture with a large python and I wasn’t loving hahaha. When they put the python on us, the snake’s face was in my face O__O! Apparently back in the day, they used to show a death match between a mongoose and snake but maybe they got many animal cruelty complaints (??) so now they show a swimming contest between a mongoose and a sea snake LOL. It was cute πŸ™‚

After the Habu Show, we walked around ‘the village,’ which was basically a huge tourist trap area LOL. It was fun though! This place is exactly like any major tourist destination such as back home in Hawaii so we understand that πŸ™‚

Towards the end of our time there, we walked through the huge Gyokusendo Stalactite Cave. This cave was massive and it was so interesting to walk through it, granted there was a very nice path to walk on, it was pretty wild! It was beautiful and unique and I’m pretty sure that was my first time in a stalactite cave ever. Please enjoy the pictures!

It’s been a very busy week of sightseeing! It’s the rainy season here and Cathy’s husband is leaving tomorrow. They wanted to go diving but we never had the right weather 😦 But it’s okay! We can try to come back together again one day πŸ˜€

HABU WORLD! Love this picture because we're making funny faces :)
HABU WORLD! Love this picture because we’re making funny faces πŸ™‚
Me and dad! Can you see the snakes in the background??! Hint: look at statue O__O!
Me and dad! Can you see the snakes in the background??! Hint: look at statue O__O!
They had a Hawksbill Turtle.. I wasn't too happy about that :(
They had a Hawksbill Sea Turtle.. I wasn’t too happy about that 😦 Hawksbill sea turtles are one of the most critically endangered sea turtle species in the world….. 😦 😦 😦
Habu Habitat!
How to keep habu away!
Habu bites O__O!
Habu bites O__O!
Sometimes I had to look away! He is the snake tamer! I think he probably played with snakes since he was kid and that's why he wasn't scared haha
Sometimes I had to look away! He is the snake tamer! I think he probably played with snakes since he was kid and that’s why he wasn’t scared haha
Okinawan Cultural Museum. They had a lot of Shisa (Ryukyu Lion/Dog) from all over Asia. It was really neat to see how similar the Shisa is in different parts of Asia.
Okinawan Cultural Museum. They had a lot of Shisa (Ryukyu Lion/Dog) from all over Asia. It was really neat to see how similar the Shisa is in different parts of Asia.
This picture made me sad because it's another reminder that Okinawa suffered heavily during WWII. I wonder if this Shisa is still standing somewhere because I would like to find it :)
This picture made me sad because it’s another reminder that Okinawa suffered heavily during WWII. I wonder whereΒ this Shisa is still standing because I would like to find it πŸ™‚
I love the canals they have here. Very different from what we have in Hawaii
I love the canals they have here. Very different from what we have in Hawaii
The Village family shot!
The Village family shot!
Cave!
Cave!
It was huge, we were walking for like an hour to the other end!
It was huge, we were walking for like an hour to the other end!
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It was seriously a very huge cave haha!
My mom and dad!
My mom and dad!

I have some really nice frames from here and I will make a video soon! I have to get ready to leave the house! Happy Memorial Day Weekend guys!

Bye guys! I miss and love you all!!

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