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A Party at Output Rock Bar in Naha

I visited Output Rock Bar in Naha, Okinawa in September 2016

It did not feel like a bar or night club at all, it felt like a private party. Just a group of friends getting together to play some good tunes, talk and enjoy themselves. It just so happened to be that they did this in a bar in Naha. And I was invited and immediately accepted as one of them. I was sitting on a bar stool, a beer in my hand, feeling very happy. This is what I travel for. This is why I love to leave the comfort of my home. To meet new people, make friends across the globe. Learn about a place through my interactions with the local citizens. I was having a great time, and had a smile on my face impossible to wipe off.

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From Output Rock Bar to Sakurazaka

I visited Output Rock Bar and Sakurazaka in Naha, Japan in September 2016

‘You know what’ the bartender says. ‘I close the bar, then we go to Sakurazaka. I can show you good bars. Real Okinawa nightlife’ He has been telling me of this great bar district in Naha, Sakurazaka, he compares it to Golden Gai in Tokyo. Now he apparently wants to show it to me. Never mind he is currently working. It is a slow night, closing the bar won’t make much of a difference.

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Awamori – A Drink From Okinawa

I visited Okinawa and tried Awamori in September 2016

The bartender fills the glass with ice cubes, then pours the spirit. Only half full. He tops of the glass with water. A quick stir, hands me the glass. I bring it to my lips, take a small sip. No strong flavours right away, a hint of tequila maybe, but very mellow. A little bit sweet. Not my favorite drink, but quite good. Very watery when mixed this way. I look up at the bartender, points to my awamori. Suki desu, I say. I like it. I take another sip, larger this time. I could drink this.

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Helios Beer in Naha, Japan

I visited Helios Beer in Okinawa in September 2016

I had seen the place during my walk through the city earlier in the day. A little too early for a beer then, there was still much I wanted to see in Naha, but now, a few hours later a beer would be just perfect. And an Okinawan beer as well. I love to check out the local beer when travelling. I had been walking for hours, having my first look at Okinawa and Naha. I was tired, needed a rest. To sit down in a bar with an ice cold Okinawan beer seemed like a nice way to relax, regain my strength.

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A public market in Naha, Okinawa

I visited a market in Naha, Okinawa in September 2016

These arcade markets are quite normal in Japan, you can find them in almost any city. A few streets closed for traffic, a glass roof built over to keep the elements out. Inside is row after row of tiny shops and stalls. You can find anything in a market like this. Clothes, shoes, souvenirs, dolls, food, art, swords, snacks, beer and fruit. And so much more. In a market like this in Nagoya I saw a store selling crumpled up paper, the kind you use to protect fragile objects in boxes when moving. A whole store sold nothing but that. Continue reading

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Naminoue Beach in Naha, Japan

I visited Naminoue Beach in Naha in September 2016

Okinawa, the southernmost archipelago in Japan, is known for its tropical weather, sandy beaches, luxurious resorts and clear water. Naha, the biggest city in Okinawa, only has the tropical weather among these. For example the beach in the city, Naminoue beach. It is small, the view is of the port, with its big cranes and industrial building. And now they have even built a bridge over the beach. A big, massive bridge for the motorway. A short cut for the cars ruining it for the beachgoers. The bridge looks horrendous as it towers over the swimmers. A big, massive, concrete slab hovering over us as we try to sunbathe.

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