Stepping off the plane in Okinawa, Japan was a slap in the face. The humidity was so thick I could feel it hit my skin as I briskly walked through the airport. After getting over the shock of the weather change, I started to take in my surroundings. It soon set in that I wasn’t in the U.S. by seeing all the kanji written on all of the signs and the sounds of people speaking Japanese echoing around in the terminal. We grabbed our bags and went to the car to head to his apartment. I was in awe by the way the tall, clustered buildings lit up the night sky. It amazed me how the Japanese were able to function in such a small living quarters considering the United States is well spread out. I knew at this point Japan was going to be an adventure of a lifetime.
The Naval Japanese Underground Headquarters made me reevaluate myself as an American. Here is where the Japanese Navy Officers did all of their planning and preparation for The Battle of Okinawa during World War II. As soon as I went down the stairs to the tunnels, I imm...
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... made me thankful for what I have. American citizens could be in the same situation they were in and be stuck in a cramped, dirt tunnel. It saddens me that so many people killed themselves just because they didn’t want to be in that situation. Furthermore, Zakimi Castle really brought a sense of wonder to me. This was one of many castles that formed Japan into what it is today. It amazed me how something that was 400 years old, could be built so well, that they were able to restore it to it’s original condition. Finally, snorkeling brought a sense of peace and wonder to me. Seeing all the fish swim around the coral living their life was truly amazing; Japan is one place that will always hold a special place in my heart. Getting out of my comfort zone has made me view life in a whole different way. Look past your surroundings and see what else this world has to offer!
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