Yesterday, a friend and I loaded up the kids and set out to do some exploring. We originally headed to find a neighborhood we had both heard about. We had directions, we had GPS, but we never found it. We gave up and kept on driving.
We headed into Naha and turned towards Kokusai Street. It’s on my to do list, so we just drove through to check it out. We both decided that a trip back would be in order, but someone in the back seat was fussing for a bathroom, so we drove on to find a convenience store. Once back on the road, we were crossing a bridge when we saw a whale in the distance.
|Can you see it? Bless Google Maps.|
After some manuevering (roads are tricky here), we got the kids out to check it out. We found a crab
and the whale. The head of the whale was huge! The inside had a good size slide, a bridge, and several walkways. At first glance, we thought maybe it wasn’t open. They were doing construction nearby and the grass was in serious need of a mow, but it was open. The tale was locked up though.
While we were trying to get to the whale, the kids saw another park on the other side of the highway, so we headed there next. This park, we discovered, was the Onoyama Athletic Park where the big baseball stadium is. We parked and headed towards where we thought the playground was. We ended up crossing a small pond and then checking out the fish and turtles, found a torii gate, and then the playground. The roller slide was HUGE, but sadly, it was closed because they were installing a new playground at the bottom. The kids played on the old playground for a while until we headed towards the next park!
Hubby and I had gone to the Japanese Naval Underground over the weekend and I knew we were close to it. There is a huge park in front of the Underground.
|Yes, there are 2 roller slides in that maze|
We all had a blast! The kids were good all day (besides Little Missy’s frequent bathroom trips and upset stomach, but she was a trooper, if not stinky). When we were at the last park, a few Japanese boys, they were maybe 10 or 11, kept talking to us. At first I think they were asking us things, but then I think they were just trying to get us to repeat what they were saying. One of the boys said something that sounded like America. I cocked my head to the side and said ‘America?’. Then they started mocking us. They made fun of our laugh and I’m pretty sure they making rude gestures trying to get us to make them back. Little shits. It was hilarious though.