Not much to post right now. Extremely busy with Sgt course. Picture was taken at Chatan seawall.
Last night was AWESOME! Some straight underground fight club type of shit. The event was put on by the MATURI Pride of Ryukyu. For ¥4000 we got great seats and ended up getting a refund due to the fighter we came to, his opponent didn’t show up so for his penalty he had to pay for our seats! The fights were in a club down in Naha that we had to go upstairs into. On the fight card there were 24 fights from some guys first fight all the way to almost pro! One United States Marine fought and Completely destroyed his opponent! For the main event the fighter brought out an Okinawan rapper that was actually really good even though I wasn’t sure what he was saying. Some fighters had signature entrances like getting slapped before getting it the ring, throwing their warm up jacket into the crowd but my favorite was the guy who rode a bicycle down the catwalk then got into the ring. It was a pimped out bicycle. The venue was nice with local food and a bar, also the turnout was great! I’m guessing about 200-300 people showed up. I took video of most of the fights and will be uploading the good ones and when I get the time I will make a highlight video of all the fights. After the fights I got in touch with the promoter about getting set up to fight at their next one November 12th. Hopefully not too hung over from my birthday on the 11th and the Marine Corps birthday on the 10th.
All photos are originals and posted at the bottom of the this post.
So some exciting new first is I was able to buy a van here in Okinawa. The process for military is a little different due to being in a foreign country and having United States and Japan agreements. I was approved for a license and a couple days later I bought a Nissan Elgrand for $500! Now I will be able to do the adventures I have been wanting to do more easily. I am excited to share them with you as they come about. My goal is one new adventure/post a week now.
Secondly I bought a set of snorkeling gear that came with a wetsuit, felt bottom boots, fins, gloves, snorkel, and a mask. I went with mid-level gear due to starting a dive certification course after I get back from some training in July. the wetsuit, boots, and gloves are AROPEC brand and the fins are MARES brand. The day I bought all of it we decided to go test it all out at the kind of hidden spot called Mermaid Grotto here in Okinawa. It’s about 35 minutes North of Futenma. Getting there was easy but the entrance to the water/beach area doesn’t look like much, mostly a trail cut through the thick brush but once you get into the actual area it’s absolutely beautiful! Clear waters, giant rock formations, and tons of coral with crevasses in it. Starting off getting to the water there were sea urchins everywhere so luckily I bought those good felt bottom boots! Once getting out into the deeper water it was filled with colorful fish and blue starfish. At first I wasn’t sure how I would like diving but now that I had a little taste of it I want to go back and explore the cravasses with an air tank on. I am definitely going to check out a few other spots that I have been researching. It is like looking into another world that not many people take the time to see.
Good Evening followers,
I took a small amount of time off due to being busy and really wanted to think I wanted to accomplish with my brand. Since last I updated I have been working hard towards getting my professional boxing license here in Japan! The fight is set for mid September so I will keep you posted on the training and how that is going! Today was announced that the Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor fight will be August 26th, I love both fighters but I am going to have to put my money on Floyd Money Mayweather. Something else I engaged in was my very first mud run back in April up at Camp Hansen on Okinawa. Myself and two other coworkers ran the 10Kilometer course which brought us over the ridges of some beautiful mountains! Also I went deep sea fishing with a group of guys I work with and ended up catching 68 total tuna. That was an experience of a lifetime being out on a small Japanese fishing boat catching fish after fish, a little weird not seeing any land at all. After we got off the boat we paid a couple of the locals to clean the fish for us for ¥300 a fish. We had them cut a couple up into sashimi and we ate it right there on the fishing docks. You can’t get any fresher than that! The rainy season is here now so getting outside is hard especially when I am at work on the one day it decides to be sunny a week. I am going to start updating more now that I have decided this is how I want to go about things! I appreciate all who engage with me and look forward to my next post.
Top of the ridge up at Camp Hansen!
Farm area on the way to the beach I run to.
Hi everyone! This is Carl’s wife, Emily. I was in Okinawa for six days visiting Carl and getting MARRIED! Today, I’m going to write about the last day I was there, Wednesday, March 15th. It was a gorgeous day out, sunny and warm. We decided we wanted to go see the Shurijo Castle, home to the Ryukyu Kingdom. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was blown away when we first entered the castle. The first thing we saw was the actual Shurijo Castle Seiden (picture 1). This building was the main structure for the Ryukyu Kingdom for over five hundred years. The castle was restored in 1992 based off of pictures and references. To enter the castle, everyone must take their shoes off as a sign of respect. There is an $8 entry fee to get in, which I thought was a great price to see so much history. We walked through the Bandokoro, which was where visitors to the castle would send messages to the king. The Bandokoro led right into Nanden, which was used as an entertainment area for the officials of the kingdom. Now, these two buildings are used to showcase artifacts and artwork. Next was Okushoin, a smaller building where the king rested. Connected to Okushoin, is Kugani-udun, a private place for the king and his family. Inside all of these complexes were prayer mats for visitors and officials. My favorite part of the castle was inside the Seiden. We got to see a restored throne of King Sho Shin, who was the king from 1477-1526. His throne was facing the garden so he could watch his officials during the New Year ceremonies. The colors in this room were incredible. Vibrant reds, golds, and hints of black made the feeling of royalty stand out. Inside the Seiden, several ceremonies and celebrations took place. The ceilings were built high to make the room feel more formal. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures inside the buildings, so there is another reason to go visit it!
It was a great experience to see the castle and how structured the Ryukyu Kingdom was. In all, it took us about an hour to walk through each building and look around at the artifacts. I would recommend this trip to anyone who visits Okinawa. Not only does it take a short amount a time, you will also learn so much about the kingdom and structures of the castle.
After the castle, it was time for our wedding pictures! We met up with the photographer at the Gala. There was a gorgeous red Japanese structure sitting right on the beach. I couldn’t have picked a prettier spot to have our pictures done. We will post a couple of pictures once we get them back.
For dinner that night, we went to Chatan Brewery. Carl ordered a seafood mixture that was sitting in a broth. It had clams, mussels, octopus, a full fish (head included), and a few other things. I had sautéed shrimp with caviar on top. We each tried a different Chatan beer. I would recommend this place for a fine dining option. It was a little pricy, but the food was definitely worth it.
This is a delayed post due to being insanely busy with work and getting MARRIED! More on the marriage in my next post but I wanted to get this post out. Going to an international food festival in another country besides your own is weird because you end up eating food from home. I’ll start by saying all the food we tried was prepared perfectly! They had tacos, tequila, pizza, sandwiches, BBQ, hotdogs, hamburgers and craft beer. The turnout to the festival was massive and most of the venders sold out of food before the official closing time. Along with food they had vendors selling crafts and a traditional island dance group performing. The weather here hasn’t been the best lately, cold and rainy mostly, but for the festival the sun came out and the water was perfect to look at. Learning more about the culture and language of Okinawa is actually coming faster to me than I thought it would. Friendliest and most respectful area I have lived in, they not only respect you as person but also the environment and others personal property.
Outside of Double Decker with their authentic bus you can eat inside. The restaurant and cigar bar are both within Mihama American Village.The well stocked bar at Double Decker, good whiskey selection.
Gapao Rice from Double Deckers. A blend of chicken, peppers, basil, rice and an egg. A delicious combination. The menu had a wide variety of Southeast Asian Cuisine.
Last stop was at Havana, a small cigar/cocktail bar. The cigars are imported straight from Cuba with a wide variety of boldness and flavors. We paired ours with a glass of Johnny Walker’s Blue Label. The owner of the bar came out to greet us with a set of cigars. He clipped them right in front of us then light them with a butane torch. I haven’t ventured much into the cigar world but out of the several dozen I have smoked, the Cuban has topped the list. Now that America has started to import them I highly recommend relaxing with a few good friends and enjoying a smoke.
Leaving my recruiters office when I found out that I had been accepted into the Marine Corps firefighting program I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had thought about becoming a firefighter when I was younger but I wasn’t sure it was what I wanted to do in the military. Going through the fire academy was an life changing experience and gave me direction in my life. Throughout my career I responded to various calls from aircraft crashes to medical calls. Being a slower operating fire department we have more time to train and play out different scenarios. These pictures consist of tactics we use to fight fuel fires in an aircraft based scenario. We dump several hundred gallons of fuel into a pit then set it on fire. Two crews with handles will go in extinguishing the fire and proper safety measures. Firefighters have a special camaraderie between them that isn’t shared between any other group of people. Working 48-72 hours at a time together brings us together. Capturing photos of the fires was hard due to the extreme heat and the affect it had on the camera.