My photo says it all I think. Look at that VIEW!!!! Nothing had been photoshop. The water was THAT blue and clean.

Manzamo, OkinawaManzamo, OkinawaManzamo, Okinawa

There were lots of eateries near the cliff. No hunger / thirst worries.

This beautiful cliff did have a dark side. Well know as a beautiful sunset spot, but also as a haunted place. I came across a local who advised against visiting this spot for the sunset.  To be clear, I am no historian, but the tale goes like this…

Okinawan War back in 1945. This beautiful island of 450,000 inhabitants lost 140,000 lives.Manzamo, Okinawa

Okinawans were not treated as valued Japanese. The imperialist of the time used Okinawans as ‘sute-ishi’ (equivalent of a pawn) to delay the attack on the main island for as long as possible. This included child soldiers, kamikazes and all sort of other unthinkable methods. Tragically (for USA & Japan), full on military engagement took place while all the civilians were on the island. To make the matter worse, Okinawan civilians were educated that suicide and parricide were both superior options than being captured. This cliff was one of the exits… This was one heart wrenching spook story. Accordingly to the locals, because so much blood had been spilled, spirits still lingered to the cliff…

Manzamo, Okinawa

Away from the spook / war story. Check my hair out! Yup, my hair was (sadly still is) naturally curly. By the grace of this gale, this lion mane look was achieved. Traveling solo was not easy. Fellow tourist was hard to come by. There was no chance for a re-take.

How to get here?

Manzamo cliff 万座毛 – Okinawa, Japan

From Naha, by car is 70min

From Naha bus terminal 100min +/-JPY1400 one way Bus 120. Get off at the stop Onna son yakuba-mae.

This is in the same route as ‘Okinawa Ryukyu Village / Ryukyu muraRyukyu traditions relived – Okinawa, Japan

 

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Hi, I am Joyce. 30+ living in Paris. Laughs a lot. Rooibos tea. Appreciate little things. Explore places. Fighting beauty OCD.

7 Comments

  1. Wow! I’ve been to Japan twice in 2015 going around Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Nagoya but I hope someday I can go to Okinawa island. It’s one of my bucket list.

    • Wow, that’s an itinary for 2 trips O_o What a tropper! I travel like a snail haha Absolutely, Okinawa is lovely to see 😀

      • The first time in Japan I was there for 2 weeks. The second time was for 9 days. 😀 Yeah I need to find a flight to Okinawa then. Hehe

  2. A very sad story Joyce and brave of you but one that needs to be retold because today there are stupid politicians and military who are still committing the same atrocities because of the same mistakes. We the people have to keep reminding them.

    • Ja, the story was quite unimaginable. Thank you for reading, Denis. I was a bit hesitate to write this post. I was worried that it was too depressing / political.

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