Participants with Bravo Company, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, pose for a photo during a field meet at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 27, 2019.
Marines and Sailors with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, worked with Okinawan military contractors to salvage a lost anchor off shore of White Beach, Okinawa, Japan, September 26, 2019.
Fallen cherry blossoms and greening mountains may be telltale signs that summer is nigh for most. For many in Japan, however, the real harbinger of summertime is the sight of the first freshly caught bonito fish at the market.
Summer in Japan gets scorching and steamy. Mid-summer Temperatures often reach 95 F or higher depending on the region. Along with beer, watermelon and soomen (cold udon noodle), kakigoori (shaved ice) is a popular cold food that cools us down during summer.
Japan is the land of the vending machines, but these are not exclusive to selling soda, coffee, hot tea or even canned soup broths. In Chatan Town, you’ll find what may seem like just another vending machine, but these orange machines don’t sell drinks.