|This is my little yellow plate Daihatsu Move|
|Driving through the sugar cane|
|Tree falling over from the typhoon|
On Okinawan roads you will see white plate, yellow plate and Y plate cars. Yellow plates are like little K cars and white plates are normal bigger cars. Y plates are issued to anyone in the military so we call them Yankee plates! My car is a yellow plate, which means it has little gusto, so going up the hills on the back roads is quite an adventure. To get full speed and thrust up the hill, it is best if you turn off the air conditioner. When you do this you can actually feel the car move faster (its hilarious)! There is one radio station that plays in English and it’s from the military base so they have very strange commercials. One commercial I heard the other day was “You are never to young to make a will” It was geared toward military families and was a bit sad actually. They also have a history segment that blasts US military history tidbits that are pretty insightful. My antenna in my car is snapped off so I get bits and pieces of the radio as I drive. This is going to be my first purchase. It is actually torture for me to drive with no music and the only other 2 stations that come in are Japanese stations. They rarely play music and all they do is talk. Well they do more than talk! They laugh and say very strange things over and over and over again. It is the most bizarre thing I have ever heard and I honestly can’t listen to it for more than 5 minutes. So I have resorted to listening to radio fuzz with the occasional 5 seconds of music as I turn a corner or move through traffic! At night I will be in my apartment or on my balcony and I will hear cars and vans drive by making announcements. It’s not like once or twice, it is everyday and I don’t really know what they are saying but its funny to listen too! I see tons of cars with speakers mounted to the roof. I guess it’s a popular job/hobby?
|Driving home from work|
Even though people drive crazy here, they are still very respectful. When driving you will often have people bowing to you as a sign of respect! A little bit dangerous maybe, but it’s nice to know they care haha. Also the kids will bow to you or if it is a young boy they will take off the their baseball caps to you, as you drive by. All the boys wear baseball uniforms everyday. It is a huge sport here. If they are not playing baseball you will see all children in their school uniforms. I honestly don’t think the students bow to every car that drives by, but they definitely do it to me, because they know I am a teacher. I am the ONLY blonde person in my town and therefore I am highly recognizable. My days of shoplifting and petty crime are behind me. Haha Joke! I don’t live in the same town I teach in so the kids who usually take their hats off to me have never even seen me before, they just assume I am a teacher and they are very respectful. It’s really a breath of fresh air.
|Driving to work -the bridge in Chinen|