In the middle of our trip, we went north to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, home to the second largest aquarium tank in the world. The main tank is by far the most popular attraction and in all honesty, my photos don’t do it justice – perhaps this video by Jon Rawlinson in Vimeo will do a better job. Make sure to watch it in HD:
My favorite shot of the aquarium was of this massive whale shark. Keep in mind that there are not just one, but two of these with plenty of room to move around!
Apparently, the aquarium is of of a few with manta rays:
Of course, there were other exhibits with smaller tanks:
The architecture of the structure itself was a bit fascinating:
…and the natural beauty of the area was pretty amazing:
These water machines made an interesting subject the other day while I was out walking. They’re kind of like gas pumps, but for drinking water. Potable water doesn’t come out of many taps in Asia, so people rely on bottled water (which is very cheap and comes in large amounts) or taps and machines like these which exist for drinking, cleaning, and cooking.
You CAN use tap water to wash dishes and probably would be fine if it were boiled, but I don’t take too many chances, though I’m not convinced I would be wiped out if I forgot to do any of the above :)
While it’s been a while since I last visited Danshui, I decided not to long ago to take another look at my photos from that trip. These boats were seen along the water, and I somewhat recently realized that I had three exposures taken of them. HDR below.
I’ll be getting more photos up in the near future – the tricky part is having time and good weather to take them with – lately this has been my biggest obstacle by far.