Playgrounds and Beaches

Lucky us, Okinawa is beautiful this time of year. Perfect weather (well except today, raining and dreary, last pictures, kids stomping in puddles).

This weekend, we spent some time at one of the awesome playgrounds. Japanese playgrounds are in a class of their own. I just don’t even know how to explain the play structures commonly found at the perfectly clean, perfectly free, perfectly not-safe-at-all-by-American-standards public playgrounds. The pictures hardly come even close to capturing the 5 level, winding roller slide at this playground. Let alone the human child stationary hamster wheel (see the picture of Isla climbing in a red rope circular tube). Fun! And nobody broke any bones!

This weekend, we also got to go out for a Japanese buffet lunch at the beach with dear friends. The buffets here are different not only because the food is Japanese (curries, sushi, tempura, miso soup, fresh noodles, pickled vegetables, shabu shabu), but also because children are thoroughly considered. It’s not unusual to see a separate buffet just for kids, at a child’s level, with children’s tableware and typical kid favorites- fries, chicken nuggets, plain rice, etc. The buffet this weekend had it’s own cotton candy machine, and the kids in our group got plenty of pure sugar from it before heading out to the gorgeous beach to play in the sand. Lovely weekend!

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