Sep 1, 2012
It was 7:00 AM and we were rushing to catch a taxi. I had no clue where we were heading to.. We finally got a taxi. Ganesh directed the driver to go to Chikusa station. That gave me an impression that we were going to take the Shinkansen since it’s our usual route. He answered all my questions with a “Shhhhh…… “
K: Where are we going…?
G: “Shhh… Suspense… “
K: By train..? By car..?
G: Shhh…. (smile) Looks at his iphone (tensed smile).
One thing for sure… We were running late. We took the JR line from Chikusa, went to Kanayama and there… I saw him inquiring about the train to Chubu Centrair Int’l airport. OMG..!!! To the airport…???? I was going mad, very anxious to know where we were heading to… But I couldn’t pester him a lot because he was restless. The train arrived. We got into it. Little relaxed..
The next day, we were going to step into our second year of marriage. Yup..! Our First Wedding Anniversary…!!! 🙂
I was lost in thoughts. Suddenly, I heard him talking to himself looking at his iphone, “We need to check-in atleast 20 min before departure.. I think we can manage”. We reached the airport at 7:50 AM, ran towards the airline counter and checked-in our baggage.
All I knew was we were late. Run Run Run…….!!
K: Where are we going..? (gasping for air) When is the flight..?
I tried to look at the display but it was useless.
Boarded the flight, SKY551… Naha..? Where is Naha..?
Okinawa..?? Wowwww…. OKINAWA ..!!
Looking at each other we began to laugh. Relaxed and happy. This was a surprise from my husband for our First Wedding Anniversary 🙂
It was a 1.5 hour flight to Naha. At the Naha airport while I was looking at the pamphlets for details of the top tourist places in Okinawa, I was surprised to hear Ganesh asking the person at the counter to keep the luggage until 1:00. What..??? Where are we going again…? Ahhhh……….. He kept me guessing… Again…!!!
He told me that we were going to spend only few hours in this city of Naha, Okinawa. As Okinawa is the southern most part of Japan, I just couldn’t guess what the next place we were going to visit was. It was indeed thrilling. We took a monorail and got off in a station which was very close to the famous shopping street, the Kokusaidori.
We bought a hat and Okinawian style beach dress. We were very happy to find sugarcane juice. It’s been longtime.. we used to eat lot of sugarcane back in India.
Ganesh told me that it was time to get back to the airport. We took the monorail back to the airport. Late…!!!
Realized we were running late again. Reached the airport at 1:15 PM, checked in our baggage. It might have been perfect if we had proceeded directly to the gate after check-in. But my dearest husband wanted to have a look at the Armani and Coach sunglasses at the duty free shops. Unlike our last flight, I had some time to check the flight info and the destination. It was a place called Miyako. Before I could browse some details about the place, as expected, we heard an announcement calling out my name. “Kiiiruuthaanaa” (Keerthana)..
Run Run Run………………….!!!
Ganesh couldn’t control his laughter. Second time in the day, we ran helter skelter to catch the flight. 🙂
We landed at Miyako airport. Kiyotaka San and Yoriko San of Pai Base Resort came to pick us up at the airport. It was a 20 minute drive to the resort. Yoriko San briefed us about the tourist spots in Miyakojima. Ganesh and I were amazed at the island’s close resemblance to India. The sugarcane fields, the flat roofed independent houses, tractors and cows in the fields reminded us of the drive to our village in India.
Okinawa is around 1500 km from Tokyo. It has a tropical climate unlike the rest of Japan. We were able to see Sugarcane, mangoes, guava, papaya and many other tropical fruits and vegetables. Felt like I was in India… 🙂 Miyako Island belongs to the Okinawa prefecture and is about 290km southwest of Naha city. It has a population of around 55,000.
Our cottage was facing the beach. It had a very beautiful view of the sunset.
It was a pleasant evening and Ganesh just couldn’t resist diving into the sea. He snorkeled and I enjoyed the beautiful sunset. It was also a full moon day. We took the car and went downtown to have our dinner. The city was almost shut down except for few restaurants.
The next day we celebrated our First wedding anniversary and went around Miyakojima. Nature at its best @ Miyakojima in the next post. 🙂