Last weekend was one of those super busy weekend, that also managed to be lots of fun. The old one had a half day of school on Thursday and no school on Friday. I picked both kids up Thursday and we headed out to have some fun.
Of course, we went to the park first. The Nishizaki Athletic Park. A rollerslide, a 3 story cave, some other stuff….it doesn’t get much better.
Then, right across the street, was another park. We’d been to the first playground before, but not this one. This one had a huge trampoline thing that you had to climb all these ropes to get to.
After we were all kinda pooped, we set off for Sefa Utaki. We stopped at the Peace Prayer Park along the way. Someone had emailed me a long time ago asking if I knew of a list of names of the deceased listed on the walls. I didn’t, so I told him if I was ever down that way, I’d stop and take a picture of the name on the wall. Of course, we had to stop at the park there. It’s huge and easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there.
Sefa Utaki is an important sacred site of the indigenous Okinawan religion, which, similar to Shinto, places emphasis on the worship of nature. It’s also on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list and on my bucket list.
Friday, we hit some of our old favorite parks.
Saturday, we went to the Nago and the Nakijin Castle Cherry Blossom Festivals and on Sunday, we went to the circus. We had actually gone the week before. I had already bought tickets, but seating was on a first come, first serve basis. We got there before the show, but the general seating was full and the reserved seating tickets were sold out. I tried to buy reserved seating tickets for the next weekend, but they were completely sold out too. The first show on Sunday was at 10:20. We were out of the house by 7 and in line by 7:45. By the time we got into the show, the line for the 1:00 show was full already. Completely crazy. It was only a one ring circus, but it was a 2 hour show and the kids loved it! That makes it completely worth it. Cameras weren’t allowed, but I did take a couple with my phone.