While June 21st is the official beginning of summer, Memorial Day weekend acts as the unofficial kickoff to the summer season for many Air Force families. The weather is in that sweet spot between not too hot, and not too cold. Many families are enjoying an extended weekend together.
Kokeshi dolls are a common item carried in many souvenir shops around Japan. Some are called “Sayonara Dolls,” which have become a popular parting gift for PCSing U.S. servicemembers. A cloth that wraps around the doll unravels to reveal farewell messages from the recipient’s coworkers or friends.
After a prior trip to Zamami Island, I told myself I’d return to experience more of the island that features TripAdvisor’s top beach in Japan.