Golden Wedding

50 years ago today Okinawa reverted, strange term meaning became part of again, to Japan. Since the 2nd World War Okinawa had been an US colony. The dollar was the currency and cars drove on the right. The Okinawans, after recovering from the awfulness of the Battle of Okinawa, became increasingly angry at the US occupation.

Huge bases were established on the island and most remain today.  The prefecture is home to 70% of the total acreage exclusively used by U.S. military installations in Japan despite being only about 0.6% of the country’s total area. 

Anyway, today there is a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the reversion to Japan. Kishida san, Prime Minister, and a slew of notables will attend. It takes place in the Convention Center, which is a skip and a hop from my place. I drive down to check on the boat as it has been raining ferociously, as usual. There are security people everywhere.

Troop carrier outside the Marina.

I believe that Okinawa is hoping for some announcement on base reduction. I doubt it.

Protesters start to assemble.

It is raining.

A protesting Intermediate Egret shelters from the rain.

On a lighter note, the wonderful Hamada san gives me a bottle od Champagne for my birthday. Go to her shop :わいんや目福口福/@26.2914852,127.7750482,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x934452cbee9f1490!8m2!3d26.291485!4d127.777237

God bless Okinawa.

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