Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Into the Forest.
These photos are from Seifa-Utaki from the southern part of Okinawa main island and it's a UNESCO world heritage site. "Utaki" means a "sacred site" in Okinawan dialect better described as a spiritual groves, and this Seifa-utaki is the biggest sacred site in Okinawa. (Seifa-Utaki is written as 斎場御嶽 but it's impossible to read right for most Japanese natives, it doesn't even sound Japanese!)
Visiting this site was totally out of our plans but I'm glad we got there. The beauty of the nature was truly unbelievable and being in this deep forest-like surroundings was really healing... I was amazed to find myself really enjoying being there. I wouldn't say that my knee was healed because of this place, but it was well enough that I was able to do a little hiking there and I was so grateful for that ;)