When we first found out we were going to be moving to Japan we immediately started reading and researching everything we possibly could. From where we may live, what facilities the bases had and of course things we wanted to do and see…
Matt & I both, on the same day, came across an article about a small village, and as one of us was telling the other about it, the other excitedly jumped in saying ‘I read that too, we need to go there’. I am pleased to say that 7 months after first reading about it, we got to wander the streets of relaxing Bise Village.
The night before, we checked the weather, chance of rain was low and no typhoons were planned to hit (although there is one heading in our general direction…again!) so we made the call to get up and drive the 1.5 hours north to Bise.
Once Goldie was loaded up we were off on our way. The roads were quiet; something that doesn’t happen often here, and the weather looked terrible; not a hint of blue in sight. Literally as I read the latest weather predictions to Matt, “10% chance of rain”, the heavens opened! Clearly I need a better weather app. We continued on our way and by the time we arrived at Bise, the sun was blazing and the sky as blue as could be, phew.
Bise is a small seaside village, but what is magical about this place is that its hidden beneath beautiful fukugi trees; used to provide protection from the many typhoons which come knocking on Okinawa’s door every year. The village consists of approximately 250 homes, scattered under the foliage of the fukugi’s, which line the narrow sandy paths.
Its so easy to feel relaxed while walking the ‘streets’ of Bise Village, where you will bump into locals, see many shisa dogs protecting against evil, and of course get to hear the fukugi trees rustle in the wind and birds singing.
The houses are a mix of newer, modern builds to traditional Okinawan homes. As people live here and it isn’t a tourist attraction, I didn’t capture too many homes as I wanted to respect the residents privacy but whoever wants to explore Bise and experience it for yourself we are here for another 4 years!.
We eventually made it to the beach, where people are snorkeling in the clear waters or exploring the many rock pools. Matt & Eden collected a few bits of coral and some shells, which Eden told me tonight are to make her room smell nice!.
Naturally, after a morning of travel, a stop for lunch, then a walk, someone needed a toilet stop…this next part, not so relaxing.
Eden had yet to experience the Japanese squat toilet and needless to say, she is not a fan! She informed us that she needed to go ‘really bad’ and since Matt is faster than I he picked her up and ran to the public loo’s, then quickly returned, Eden still doing the potty dance; she was NOT going to go in the Japanese squat toilet…my turn to give it a whirl.
I showed her how to use the squat toilet, reassuring her that she wasn’t going to fall in. Still wasn’t having it. Then I told her she could pee standing up like Papa. While this got a giggle, again, wasn’t having it. I asked if taking her trousers off would make it easier, so we struggled in this tiny cubicle to get her trousers off, taking her shoes off but in a way that she wouldn’t stand on the ground, she still wouldn’t go. This went on, and on, seriously for like 10 minutes. She eventually tried but told me “it just doens’t want to go” (referring to her pee) and then said that she needs to go home to her toilet, I explained it wasn’t going to work as it’s a long drive home and she would pee her undies…Eden reassuringly told me “don’t worry they will dry”. Aagghhh, somehow, I am honestly not sure how, she went.
Future visitors you are warned, in Okinawa there are squat toilets.