Writer: Louise Dupuy (Page2)
My biggest loves in life are travel and animals. A change in circumstance has landed me on the beautiful island of Okinawa, in Japan's southernmost region. Join me on a Japanese adventure filled with fun, food and furry friends, as well as other things!
Cape Maeda is a hugely popular snorkelling and water sports spot in the Kunigami district of Okinawa. Whilst I’m a big fan of finding places off the beaten path, I’m not one to pass up the opportunity to enjoy a place of natural beauty, busy or not! I invite you, lovely Taiken readers, on an adventure into the wild blue.
June 22, 2016
The ocean is both terrifying and fascinating to me, a home to some of my absolute favourite creatures: cetaceans. Cetaceans are whales and dolphins. If, like me, you prefer to see them in their rightful place (the ocean), then you’re in luck if you happen to be in Okinawa between January to April.
May 30, 2016
Westerners, for the most part, probably don’t give much thought to tattoos. An awful lot of us have them (myself included), and they certainly don’t carry the stigma they used to, aside from in small pockets of our society. However, in Japan, this is a slightly different story.
March 11, 2016
Murasaki Mura is a replication of a traditional Ryukyu period village. Originally built in 1992 as a set for TV drama “Ryukyu No Kaze” (wind of the Ryukyu’s in English), it’s now a popular tourist spot, dealing in life back in the Ryukyu period, and a place to try your hand at a plethora of traditional crafts.
March 2, 2016
Nakijin is in the Northern part of Okinawa, an area that sees the first sakura flowers of anywhere in Japan. It’s a rather lovely drive through Nakijin to the castle ruins, it’s a quiet, pretty town consisting mostly of traditional-style Japanese buildings, some of which are brightly-painted.
February 16, 2016
Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, lies southwest off the coast of Kyushu prefecture. It’s classed as sub-tropical, which means hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters. Snow is pretty much the last thing you’d expect of such a region.
February 9, 2016
Okinawa blooms earlier than the rest of Japan. Nago, an area in the north of Okinawa, is often one of the first places they spring. Annually, you can catch the Nago Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival, which is exactly what I did this year. Let me tell you all about it.
February 3, 2016