There are a lot of destinations in Asia that I had pictured being the place of my first trip to the continent, and Okinawa wasn’t one of them. My knowledge of it was limited, knowing that it was located in Japan and an important launching pad for the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, but not much else. But when I was recently presented the opportunity to travel to Okinawa for my first foray into Asia, I jumped at the chance. In the days leading up to my trip, and on the trip itself, I learned that Okinawa more than meets the eye. Did you know that karate originated in Okinawa? Or that Awamori, Japan’s oldest distilled liquor, hails from Okinawa? Or that Okinawa is home to internationally-acclaimed scuba diving? I didn’t either. But before I share more of my stories from the trip, I take you on a photo tour of Okinawa.
Photo Essay: Okinawa, Japan
About the Author: Spencer Spellman
My life imbibing and traveling around the world started early, flying on a plane for the first time at age five and by myself for the first time at seven. Two decades later and little has changed, though I’ve replaced my notebook, disposable camera, and bottle of coke for a laptop, DSLR, and bottle of whiskey. Having my work featured in publications like National Geographic, AFAR Magazine, Outside Magazine, Los Angeles Times, MSN, and Yahoo, I cover all things travel, food, and drinks here on Whiskey Tango Globetrot. Find out more about me and WTG here.