|Hello Tokyo suburbs|
|An inter-city train passing through Shinjuku|
|Oh McDonald's, I cannot escape thee...|
|At the Keio|
On the final day of orientation, the Oki-ken group lined up in the Hana room of the hotel and along with a group heading off to Hokkaido and another to Kagoshima, we were off to Haneda airport to board our flight to Naha. That flight was relatively painless and the whole one day orientation was another day to hang on to my life pre-Ishigaki, but I knew that my job on that island was calling me, so off I went with the other JETs heading to Miyako-jima, ,with me flying on my own to Ishigaki. The flight from Naha is about an hour southwest and there are some beautiful images of islands and the surrounding ocean. I couldn't help but think about the fact that this was the same ocean I'd flown over 10 years ago on my way to Vietnam. How time flies... The vastness of the ocean, and the beauty of the waves as they crash against the coral, is astounding. As the plane descended towards Ishigaki city, it took us close to the coastline of the island enabling me to see how rural and green the island is in many spots. There is a quietness to the landscape from afar, though in actuality the island is teeming with life everywhere.
Here is my plane after landing in Ishigaki. Let's just say, here's where the story really begins.