View in a restaurant in Naha. The islands of Okinawa in southern Japan are known for their tropical beaches and beautiful blue sea. Okinawa is also famous for the longevity of its residents. There are more centenarians (people over 100) here per capita than anywhere else in the world.

Naha monorail

Tropical fish at market

On Kokusai dori in Naha

There are over a dozen American military bases on the main island of Okinawa, which take up 18% of the land on the island. Most of the island's residents are opposed to the American military presence. This fence on Henoko Beach was built recently to demarcate the boundary of a base. This sign found near the fence reads, "This is Okinawan land. We don't need American bases."

Marië and I visited a local organic farmer who chatted with us for a bit. Shown are rows of his peppers.

Okinawa soba

At the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium...

Leaving Japan

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