Sunday, August 25, 2013

Two's company on laid-back Zamami | The Japan Times

Being naturally averse to traffic jams, long lines at airports, overcrowded trains and cranked-up hotel rates, I’ve never been one for traveling far on a national holiday in Japan, especially during Golden Week in May when a few of them cluster together.

But this year, as my wife, Shiori Tsuchiya, and I had our 15th wedding anniversary in April, we decided to throw caution to the wind and celebrate with a trip to Zamami Island during Golden Week.

I’d already visited several islands in the Ryukyus besides the main Okinawa Island where we now live — including Amami Oshima, Tokashiki, Kume-jima, Aguni, Aka-jima, Geruma and, in February, Zamami. So, in commemorative mode, Zamami would be the first one to which I’d make a return visit — and there were several very good reasons for that.

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Comment: Top reason on the list for a whole lot of mainlanders coming down to Okinawa as of late is... No nuclear reactors and it's about as far away from Fukushima as you can get and still be in Japan!

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