Life’s a Beach in Shimoda

When you think of Japan, sparkling, blue-water beaches are probably not what come to mind. I didn’t think that kind of beach existed here. I’m aware that Japan is an island, but up until last week, all the beaches I’d ever seen here were more of a dark green, murky water sort of beach. Continue reading Life’s a Beach in Shimoda

Sunset From Sunset Beach

There are fewer things more beautiful than watching the sky change colors. It looks a little bit like magic. Seeing it turn shades of pink and orange before finally transforming into a deep, midnight blue is fascinating. It happens every day, yet somehow, it amazes me every time I see it. This sunset was extra spectacular because of the swaying palm trees, quiet ocean waves, and light, fluttering breeze.  I captured this while enjoying a cocktail after a day of exploring the outer islands and beaches of Okinawa. I couldn’t think of better way to end an already perfect day than with an ice-cold pina colada and a stunning sunset.

This photo was taken from The Calif Kitchen in Mihama, a restaurant in the shopping complex next to the Vessel Campana Hotel. It overlooks the sea wall and Sunset Beach. I usually stay there when I visit Okinawa because of its central location. There are lots of wonderful places to stay on this island. Where you choose to stay should really depend on what you want to do, and where you want to go while you’re here. Because I like to do a little of everything, I feel like this location works best for me. Plus, there are lots of restaurants, shops, and bars within walking distance, so you aren’t limited to only what the hotel has to offer. And the sunsets here never disappoint. ✨

Palm Trees and Ocean Breeze

There are few thing in this world that make me feel more at ease than this. Ocean, sunshine and palm trees… they just make me feel calm. Happy. I love the salty smell of the sea. Feeling the warmth of the sun on my body. Sensing the breeze gently kiss my skin. I took this photo during a much-needed getaway to the middle of nowhere. I was lying down on the on the palm tree, listening to the waves crash on the shore. There was no internet. No TV. No anything. Just me, the tree and the ocean (and a few Stella Artois). It was exactly what I needed. I can’t wait to go back.

Just a tiny island in the surrounded by the Indian Ocean.