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We spent our last full day in Okinawa on Ishigaki. We rented a car pretty late in the morning, and drove to Omoto-dake, Okinawa’s tallest mountain at a little over 520 meters, and climbed it. We just forgot the water, which made it pretty challenging… and pretty miserable.

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Summit’s that way

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Blue-tailed lizards

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Waterfall

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Kenji!

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View from over half-way there

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View from the very top

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Kenji and a sign

We didn’t stay at the top long, and set a fast past going down. We were dying of thirst by then, so the first thing we found after getting back to the car was a vending machine. The second thing was a food stand by a grove of famous palm trees. We figured they were just palm trees, though, so we kept going and found a restaurant on a hill to eat at.

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Palm trees, like they weren’t everywhere or anything

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Our restaurant had a nice view, shisa guarding the entrance, and even a pony.

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Really.

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Ishigaki beef, yum

After eating, we headed to Kabira Bay, where Kenji took a quick nap while my camera ran out of batteries. So I have a few pictures, and then the rest are cell phone pictures. But Kabira was really beautiful, we took a glass bottomed boat tour and saw lots of really cool fish and coral. I could have done that all day! At the end of the day, we headed to our last beach to relax, swung by the Tang People’s tomb, and then turned in the car and headed home.

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Swing at Kabira

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Beautiful Kabira Bay

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Sunset and sand at the beach

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Tang People’s Tomb and details of the dragon, in traditional Chinese style

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Offerings in the mouth of the shisa

After getting home, I went omiyage and souvenir shopping while Kenji rested, then grabbed A&W again for takeout and ate back at the hostel.

The next morning we got a taxi with one of our fellow hostellers and got to the airport. Kenji and I couldn’t get our first flight together, so I waited while he left, and ate my last taste of sugar cane icecream. After that, it was more flights, more waiting, and finally, exhausted, getting home. We both had half days of classes, but by then I was so tired I was afraid of getting sick, so I stayed home, which ended up being a good thing!

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Ice Cream at the airport

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One last view of Ishigaki and Taketomi before back to Gunma and real life

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