I can recall the smell of the place even today and yes, even the sense of adventure as I stumbled from one bar to another..
When Japan took control of the Island, there went the neighborhood. They built hotel chains along the coast where we used to dive. Where once it took an hour to trek in, now I'm told you can drive.. They cleaned up the streets and buildings, therefore removing the very essence of what Okinawa was to me. Heck, you can't even drive a rusted out wreck there any more. They actually have vehicle