U.S. Marines with Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma and members of the local community compete in the 43rd Annual Ginowan Traffic Safety Relay Race on MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 18, 2020.
A big part of life in Okinawa is the amount of traffic that occurs on a daily basis. The Ginowan City Traffic Safety Relay is held for communities to bond and practice the importance of traffic safety.
Dragon Boat Races are festivals held throughout Okinawa during the summer to thank the sea for its blessings, praying for a safe voyage and a good catch. Boat teams compete for speed in a hand-crafted fishing boat.
As you see more and more shopping malls and super markets open on Okinawa these days, the word Depachika seems a little outdated, especially to those who are more used to casually shopping at shopping malls.