I met Itsu, a local Instagram follower, for lunch at American Village and it was such a beautiful day that she took me to the Futenma Shrine afterwards! It was extra extra special because she was able to teach me the proper way to visit a Shinto shrine. I had picked up a few things from our previous shrine visits in mainland Japan, but it was fun to hear the reason why things are done.
It was the first shrine I have visited in Okinawa and I instantly realized how different it was from the shrines I’ve visited in Japan. For once, in total Okinawa style the shrine is very neutral, with mostly exposed concrete, raw wood and of course traditional roof tiles. It was a lovely change to the mostly red and colorful ones.
^^ seriously, look at that blue sky!! ^^