Waji and Many More Charms of Ie Island (Part 2)

From the top of Iejima Tachhu, we can have a panoramic view and here we can enjoy the natural beauty of a blue ocean.
IEJIMA

Speaking of the typical beautiful scenes of precipitous cliff in Okinawa, you can think of Zampa Cape and Higashihenna Cape of Miyako Island. However, this 60-meter-high cliff provides you a beautiful gradation of blue ocean surrounding Waji, spring water coming from at the edge of the ocean.     

The landscape is so beautiful that it seemed I had been absorbed by it.

COAST OF IEJIMA 

This shows the opposite side of the previous picture.  

A road to Waji is available, and at the low tide you can go down to Waji area to enjoy stepping stones.

The pieces of potteries are buried in the cliff wall.  It is considered to be the pieces dropped from a ship from China when it was driven ashore and wrecked here a long time ago.  

This Waji is “the water of life” to the residents of the island, which had poor water condition because of a remote island.  

okinawa iejima 

The sheer cliff on the north still goes on.  This is a shot taken on the opposite side of Lily Field Park, which is located to the east of Waji.  

Splash!  Splash!  Waves break at the foot of the cliff.  

This is another beauty of nature, isn’t it?

okinawa remote island 

The typical plants grown on the seashore, velvet soldierbush and cycad…their green, a deep blue of the ocean, and gray of limestone creates a great contrast.  

okinawa nature 

These steps lead you to the entrance of Niyatiya Cave (Sennin Thousand Cave).  

 

During the battle of Okinawa, it was used as a shelter. It is large enough to contain a thousand people, so it is called Sennin Thousand Cave.

 

Since the local residents evacuated to this place in desperation, I didn’t have the nerve to take a picture of the inside of the cave, I would like to show you the location only with this picture.

Bijiru Stone 

Inside of the cave, there is a stone called “Bijiru Stone,”

which is worshiped as a child-giving god since ancient times.

According to legend, when you lift the stone, if you feel it light, you will have a baby girl.  If you feel it heavy, you will have a baby boy.

 

It has been said if you lift the stone with a wish to have a baby, you will be blessed with a baby.  

 

Before entering the cave, I made a bow, saying silently to myself “Allow me to enter this cave,” and when leaving the cave, I made a bow again, saying “Thank you for letting me in.”

 

There is a worship place in this cave, so you could consider it as a sacred place, Utaki. 

Everybody, I would appreciate it if you would make bows when visiting here.

ernie pyle memorial

 

I took a picture of Ernie Pyle Memorial from the bus window. 

 

Ernie Pyle was a famous journalist and war correspondent during WWII.  

On April 18, 1945, while at the battle field for coverage, he was shot by Japanese machine- gun fire and died.  

 

He died at this place, where the memorial was built. 

Now his bone ashes are laid to rest at Honolulu National Cemetery. 

 

When Okinawa was under the U.S. rule, the U.S. military constructed “Ernie Pyle Kokusai theater” on Kokusai Street.  That’s how much he was respected by them.  

This is how the name of “Kokusai Street” came from. 

Presently Tempus Naha is located at the site.  

kokusai street, tempus naha 

Do you remember we enjoyed the green rural landscape from the top of Iejima Tacchu in the previous article?

 

Most of the fields are used for leaf tobacco like the above picture and Denshogiku small chrysanthemums in open fields, using light cultivation.

This picture was taken on March 17.

From May to July, leaf tobacco farmers are very busy harvesting.  

 

Ie Island has many more charms, but I think you would like to explore them by yourself.

I don’t want to spoil your fun at your visit to Ie Island, so I will shut up now. 

Everybody, the islands off the Main Island of Okinawa are very beautiful and fantastic!

Ie Island is one of them.  Please visit Ie Island!

 

Kumiko Teruya is a profesional Japanese / English Tour Guide in Okinawa Japan 

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