Summer Plans: Okinawa, Japan

This June, I leave for a two-week trip to Okinawa. I’ve never been out of the country, it’s been a lot of fun researching and planning. I’m going to meet and train with the Grand Master of my Martial Arts. Currently, I am working toward my 2nd degree black belt. I’m a little nervous about training, we train hard in America but they take it to a whole new level in Okinawa. There’s also a lot of pressure to represent my dojo and not let my teachers down. The dojos in Okinawa don’t have air conditioning or padded floors, which I have taken for granted in my dojos here. The training will be rigorous and physically testing, and hot and humid. Very exciting but also stressful.
Karate aside, I’m excited about the amazing beaches and ancient culture. I want to go to the Ocean Park Expo. The large park is home to the Churaumi Aquarium, Tropical Dream Center (botanical garden), and Native Okinawan Village. I also hear shopping in Naha, the biggest city (350,000 pop) in Okinawa is a must.
Okinawa is one of the Blue Zones. They are known for their longevity, healthy aging, and are among the longest living on Earth. The women in Okinawa live longer than any women on the planet. They rely mostly on a plant-based diet, a diet that I try to stick to. I can’t wait to try the food. This trip is going to be an adventure! Do you have any adventures you’re planning on for this Summer?

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