One of our first outings here on Okinawa was to this beautiful little garden nestled into the city of Naha: Fukushu-en Garden.
It was as peaceful as they come, with calm waters surrounding beautiful ancient Chinese architecture. Constructed using material from its sister city of Fuzhou, China, Fukushu-en Garden was built to celebrate the role of Chinese influence on the history of the island.
We enjoyed feeding the turtles and coy (living symbols of longevity and wisdom in Chinese culture) in the ponds, although the fish were so aggressive that the poor little turtles did not get their fair share of the food, despite our attempts to aim it right at them.
I am sure we will be back to visit, when we need a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the busy Okinawa streets.
Where do you go to find peace? I hope there are turtles there, too. 😉