Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Zanpa Point Lighthouse in Yomitan Okinawa, Japan (Photo)

This lighthouse sits on the west coast of Okinawa facing the East China Sea in Yomitan Village.

Most visitors touring the island go to see the glass-blowing, pottery (yachimun), or the UNESCO World Heritage Zakimi Castle when they are heading towards Zanpamisaki (Zanpa Point). 

Some tourists gawk at the humongous red clay Shisa near the Cape Zanpa Royal Hotel and others visit a place that makes ice cream using local sea salt.  They don't see the lighthouse.

What they are missing is probably the most photogenic lighthouse in all of the Ryukyu Islands.

Which reminds me, it's time I headed over to Yomitan and did a sunset photo of this place.
I'm just wondering what time the ice cream place closes.  Reckon they stay open 'til after sunset ?

Zanpa Point Lighthouse is my weekly contribution to TRAVEL PHOTO THURSDAY.

My friend Nancie McKinnon, the editor of Budget Travelers Sandbox, tricked me good this week with her photo. The title: Favorite Canadian Brew, got me thinking is would be some kinda beer.
Turns out, she was talking about coffee.  I like coffee, too but, never called it a brew.

Guess I should brush up on my Canadian, eh?





16 comments:

LadyE said...

What a gorgeous shot Mike! Love the blue water against the blue sky.

I love keeping you on your toes :)

RyukyuMike said...

LadyE,
Yeah, TPThursday snuck up on me, again. You really do keep me on my toes and I appreciate it. Long as you don't mind me teasing you once in awhile, eh?

Jim said...

Those sea and sky colours are amazing, especially contrasting with the white lighthouse, and dark rocks.
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Expat in Germany said...

Beautiful and I never would have guessed this photo was taken in Japan. And I would highly recommend trying Tim Hortons :)

RyukyuMike said...

Thanks, Jim. I really need to get over to the other side of Okinawa and catch that lighthouse at sunset with some of those clouds in the sky. Then we'll make some colors pop, I bet!

RyukyuMike said...

Expat in Germany,
That's one of the things that makes this Travel Photo Thursday so cool. We all get to see things, that we may never have thought existed from countries we have friends in, around the world.
I never heard of Tim Hortons Coffee until today. I'll have to look around and see if we have any here and I'll give it a try.

Evan said...

I love the clouds, water, and white of the lighthouse. Great shot.

Julia said...

Beautiful photo - and yes, you should get yourself down there at sunset. We all love a good sunset photo! :) I'm sure the ice-cream guy will wait around for you.

Leigh said...

I'm with Laurel - would never have guessed Japan if I didn't know it was you. Also love the intensity of the blues.

Jessie V said...

i love the blues - it makes me so happy! was it cold?

Sabrina said...

The water is incredibly blue in that pic. How pretty!

Ryan said...

Mike I'm in awe of your massive erection!!! Sorry couldn't help myself, it's a beautiful shot of the lighthouse against the brilliant blue background.

RyukyuMike said...

Ryan,
Dude, you have a way with words.

RyukyuMike said...

Sabrina,
Thanks. Early morning light does the trick with the water, every time!

RyukyuMike said...

Jessie V,
Not cold at all, just a cool-blue.

RyukyuMike said...

Evan, Julia and Leigh,
Thanks to all. I will get back over there one day and snap a sunset shot for you and let you know how late the ice cream joint stays open!