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Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa

Being stationed in Okinawa definitely has its benefits! Many of them we don't think about until we PCS back to the states. What did/do you enjoy or take for granted but now you miss (or will miss) being in the US?
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The seawall

Feb 05, 2015
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | The seawall
There is something peaceful (and cool) about the giant concrete jacks that protect the coastline from massive errosion.
2

The Vending Machines!!

Feb 05, 2015
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | The Vending Machines!!
Probably the best vending machines on the planet! From the larger size (than in the states), familiar brands to Japanese exclusives like Aquarius, Pocari Sweat, and Calpis (yeah, there is no way to say that without is sounding like "cow-pis" unless you have an extremely exaggerated drawl!)
This could be it's own list! Hot coffee, soft drinks, food, BEER!! What was/is your favorite?
3

The 100 Yen Store

Feb 05, 2015
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | The 100 Yen Store
Like a Dollar Store, but MUCH, MUCH COOLER!! Everything you could ever imagine and more for ridiculously low prices!
Feb 20, 2015 by Jennifer Faulkner Hazelrigg - ichibanya.co.jp - 7506
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA
5

American Village, Jusco, and the ginormous ferris wheel.

Feb 05, 2015
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | American Village, Jusco, and the ginormous ferris wheel.
It isn't even riding the ferris wheel that makes it so great--it does offer an amazing view--it's JUST. SO. BIG. and that's just cool.
6

The scenery!!

Feb 05, 2015
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | The scenery!!
Yes, it's crowded, but even on bad weather days there is something beautiful about life on a subtropical island!
7

Okinawa's Salt Water Aquarium

Feb 05, 2015
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Okinawa's Salt Water Aquarium
The largest salt water aquarium on the planet (until the Atlanta aquarium one-upped it). This is a must-see for kids of all ages. There is just no denying the awesomeness of having lunch beside this gargantuan tank of sea life. Just wow.
8

Okuma

Feb 20, 2015 by Buffy Grate
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Okuma
One of the best get aways
9

Taco Rice and Cheese

Feb 21, 2015 by Ed GrammarNazi Mott
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Taco Rice and Cheese

No matter if you had it in Kin at "Restaurant" or at White Kitchen, it was the best taco rice you ever had. #hangovercure #amazingeats

10

The Four Seasons Restaurant

Feb 05, 2015
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | The Four Seasons Restaurant
Benihana's got nothing on this place!!
11

The roller slides

Feb 05, 2015
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | The roller slides
AWESOME, no matter what age you are!
12

Ghengis Khan Mongolian BBQ.

Feb 21, 2015 by Brad Workman
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Ghengis Khan Mongolian BBQ.
Feb 20, 2015 by Amanda Letmewrapyou Teague - nagopineapplepark.com - 7410
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Okinawa Sightseeing-Nago Pineapple Park
To the Nago Pineapple Park! We're a theme park full of Southern Fruits and Colorful Plants.
14

Blue Seal Big Dip Ice Cream

Feb 05, 2015
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Blue Seal Big Dip Ice Cream
Ice cream, fruit, toppings, ice cream, whipped cream, corn flakes, and an ice cream cone! All served in a random measuring cup. LOL
15

Gate 2 street

Feb 21, 2015 by Jennifer Jolly

JIMI HENDRIX FROM GATE 2 STREET. I ALWAYS HAD A GREAT TIME LISTENING TO HIM PLAY HIS GUITAR AND SING. YOU CAN SEE VIDEOS OF HIM ON YOU TUBE.

16

Sushi-Go-Rounds

Feb 21, 2015 by Jacqui Wersinger
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Sushi-Go-Rounds

Yum! The food keeps on coming straight to you--just grab what you want!

17

Walking in the footprints of history

Feb 05, 2015
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Walking in the footprints of history
The site of the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific during WWII, the entire island is a history lesson. There is so much more to learn from exploring the island than can be learned from a book.
Feb 20, 2015 by Amanda Letmewrapyou Teague - sams-okinawa.jp - 9163
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | SAM'S|SAM'S BY-THE-SEA AWASE
The Nakagusuku bay can be viewed from windows of the restaurant. We offer many charbroiled Steaks and fresh seafood.
19

The culture of service... Everywhere!

Feb 20, 2015 by Laurie Rardin
The unmatched customer service!
Mc Donalds Fries!
20

Arin Krin - The Garlic Restaurant

Feb 21, 2015 by Rachael Buhl
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Arin Krin - The Garlic Restaurant

Everything garlic- everything DELICIOUS.

21

Okinawa World!

Feb 21, 2015 by Jacqui Wersinger
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Okinawa World!

Make beautiful hand blown glasses to take home, watch Okinawan Dancers, check out the caves, and watch a Habu fight a Mongoose--all in one place!

Aug 11, 2015 by Kristy Jones-Phaire - okinawahai.com - 7214
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Cocok's (with a silent K) - Nail Art, Hair Salon, Massages

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA My husband even loved it. Granted, he didn't get to experience all that those amazing women can do with one little paint brush (he thought that might be a little over the top), but the 45 minutes leg and foot massage just about transported him straight into heaven.

Feb 21, 2015 by Jennifer Covington - tripadvisor.co.uk - 8675
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Ono Kau Kau, Chatan-cho - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos - TripAdvisor
Ono Kau Kau, Chatan-cho: See 3 unbiased reviews of Ono Kau Kau, rated 4 of 5 on TripAdvisor and ranked #48 of 228 restaurants in Chatan-cho.
24

Sata andagi

Feb 21, 2015 by Enid Randall
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Sata andagi

What I wouldn't do for some of these hot, delicious Okinawan deep fried donuts!

25

Okonomiyaki--Japanese Pancakes

Feb 21, 2015 by Jacqui Wersinger
Top 10 Things You Miss About Living In Okinawa | Okonomiyaki--Japanese Pancakes

Amazingness!