Every winter, light displays, or “illuminations,” go up in many public parks and shopping centers around Japan. Thousands make the annual visit to many of these locations for nice holiday photos and a taste of the season.
Okinawa shined bright like a diamond this holiday season. One of the premiere locations for catching the seasons illuminations is the zoo where visitors could stay for extended hours as the zoo animals basked in the glow.
Japan is divided into eight major regions with a total of forty-seven prefectures, from the Okinawa islands in the southwest to Tokyo in the east and Hokkaido in the north, each unique in their customs, sights, and food cultures.
Yoshoku, or Western dishes, came to Okinawa decades after hitting Japan’s mainland. The adoption of the Western cuisine was accelerated when the island became more exposed to American food after the battle of Okinawa.