Today is June 1st, and officially I have approximately 2 months left in Okinawa on the JET Program. I am at a strange place in my life where I am looking towards the future with hopeful uncertainty, yet longing to hold onto the beautiful moments of my life here in Naha. Yesterday, I went to 具志川城 ruins which lies at the Southern tip of Okinawa near Cape Kyan. This area is so calming and while visiting it yesterday, I lamented not having spent enough time outside of the city, away from my computer, away from the areas where I often spend my time. I don't own a car, so getting out of the city isn't easy unfortunately. Okinawa is built around car culture, just like my home town in Florida. Without a car, or a motorbike, you have to rely on other transportation methods (friends' cars, inconvenient and expensive bus routes, a monorail that doesn't go very far, etc). Parking is atrocious in the area of the city where I live, so having a car here just wasn't a good option for me. Still, I cherish the times I have been able to just get away from Naha and see parts of this island that remind me of how gorgeous it is and how lucky I am to have had the chance to live here.
I haven't been blogging nearly enough about my life here as I have been caught up in a number of other off-line projects (TASK 沖縄 dance film trilogy and rehearsals, laying the groundwork for a Tohoku-Okinawa Film Festival at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, initiating a job-hunting project for JETwit, submitting my resumes for jobs, etc), so I am going to try to post small updates of my favorite areas of Okinawa and of Naha on a daily basis. I may not write too much with the posts, especially if I do not have enough time, but I do want to have something documenting my remaining time here.
I'm uncertain where I am heading to next. I still haven't felt anything pulling me in a particular direction, so pretty soon the one thing that will pull me back to my hometown will be my lack of employment and an expired visa. I love Japan so much and I know I will miss it once I'm no longer here. For the next two months, I will do my best to bring you all the places that I have fallen for here in beautiful Okinawa.