I will be honest. There has not been a whole lot of sunshine here in Okinawa since my arrival. The island is at the tailend of its rainy season, so while there’s been plenty of cloudporn and the occasional downpour, the sun and blue sky have kept their appearances to a minimum. But I knew this coming in and when you have an opportunity to visit Japan, you take it. Sunshine or no sunshine. And I’m ok with it. The goal of this trip was to rest my weary bones, read for pleasure, lay in the sand, cook with friends, and laugh as much as possible. So far, so good on all fronts, and you don’t need sun for any of those things.
When the sun does emerge, it is loud and clear; not really using its indoor voice. “I’M THE SUN, AND I AM BLINDING YOU!” It’s not kidding around. So I have managed, with just a few days’ exposure, to quickly regain that deep summery glow. The sun is so strong, in fact, that on Sunday I returned from a long stroll in the drizzle with approximately 140 additional freckles. In the drizzle!
The blue sky, when it appears, is equally loud. I’ve seen shades of blue in the last week that I am certain I’ve never seen before.
Today dark storm clouds clung to the eastern part of the island all day, splitting the sky in two over Okinawa. Over here on the west side, it was — for the most part — all sunshine and blue skies. I laid in the sand and read for pleasure, while the sun shouted onto the page and delivered a few more freckles.