So where is the Ocean, where are all these fabulous beaches I saw on googles pictures ?
The Ocean is definitely surrounding the beautiful city of Naha but after checking yesterday at the tourism center it seem that the closest beach is 40min away by bus. The tourist officer recommended me a trip to the kerama island which I'm planning to do next week! Scuba diving Ya!!!
I've heard that a typhoon was coming in the next days. Let see how it goes!
Today, I've decided to take a day off! Haha Yeah..
I mean not visiting much, walking randomly in the city as I like to do. Behind the market I found few typicals streets with a lot of pottery shops, workshops.
The sun was high and no one was in the street, my guess : everyone is taking a nap!!! The cats were taking a naps.
It's been almost a week that I arrived in Okinawa. The weather is good as the people always smiling and welcoming. Chilling around when you are in holiday is the best. No stress of what you should or shouldn't visit. By trying making the most of our time we sometime miss the most important, the now.
Stop doing, start being...
When I red this sentence few days ago it seems so simple and obvious. We are all busy doing things, working, acting socially, chating, walking, always trying to find something to be busy with. When I say "we" I should say "I".
Since I've start working years ago, focusing on my career, I stopped being. I got busy over the years and I missed something essential "Being". I forgot what I really like to do. I was always aiming for better, more and better. When you think about it there is alway better somewhere and we can always get more. But that's like chasing something you will never aim.
Recently I was writing about how I've discovered meditation, in a way that make me realize that I should stop doing and start being.
That's not an easy one to recenter oneself. This might be why I choosed to travel alone, to feel and to be again in the present moment.
Being by myself force me to think silently, to look around and to be more aware of my surrounding, to notice small things in my daily life. Travelling a new country is a way for me to shake up my cue, my habits. It's a way to meet me again, a way to be.
On my way back, I've walked by a square garden with a giant rope.
Walking around I found few workshops, that was the Naha craft center with craft shop and workshops. I could stay hours to watch them worked. A glass-blower(not sure if its the right name in English) and a craft potter... You can book some time with them and learn how to...
If you are wondering what are these small/big statues half lion/dog you can find in front of all houses In Okinawa, they are called Shi-sa.
A protection against some evils.
You can learn to make one with the craft potter.
Would you try one of these workshops?