Exploring Okinawa: Quick trip 'Gorilla Chop' rock

Photo by Shoji Kudaka
Photo by Shoji Kudaka

Exploring Okinawa: Quick trip 'Gorilla Chop' rock

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Beachgoers to Okinawa’s Motobu Town area may have come across a unique rock formation as they check out its surrounding coral and schools of tropical fish that live there. This huge rock is known as the “Gorilla Chop,” a moniker it earned because it looks like a gorilla performing a karate chop. Can you see it now?

You may catch a glimpse of this unofficial landmark on your way to Sakimotobu Ryokuchi Koen, so make sure to stop next time you can travel off base and get a closer look. To me, the rock seems to pose like a large ape reaching for a blonde star or getting ready for a fight with Godzilla

(No ties to King Kong or Donkey Kong have been confirmed.)



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