Rather than travelling far north of the Island I explored other local attractions within Naha city. I planned Okinawa Prefecture Museum and the biggest shopping village for today.
Okinawa Prefecture Museum basically tells the story from back to back how this region has become what it is today. It wasn’t always part of Japan. A few hundreds years ago an independent Ryukyu Kingdom was created, which lived off trade between East China and Japanese main land. At the end of 19th century it has been transformed into a Japanese prefecture and named Okinawa. I really enjoyed reading about their lives, local culture, traditions and cuisine.
The shopping mall wasn’t as exciting as the museum, but it was a nice change from all the historical sites I was recently visiting. Here an idea of buying a rice cooker was born. Japanese rice is just perfect and since I eat a lot of it back at home it sounds like a great idea.
Of course an evening wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t have an excellent orange chicken hamburger with a pint of root beer in A&W.