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Ie Island, Okinawa

Wajee Viewpoint, Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

Wajee Viewpoint, Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

Took a 30 minute ferry ride from Motobu across to Ie Island. I’d never been to the island previously, which is amazing considering I’ve lived on Okinawa for over a decade. It also looks to have some great shore diving.

Ie is famous for beef, togan, and brown sugar, but surprisingly the main crop on the island was tobacco.

Tobacco Fields, Ie Island, Okinawa

Tobacco Fields, Ie Island, Okinawa

Ie island was heavily bombed during the Battle of Okinawa. The local population hid in caves to try and survive the typhoon of steel. In one cave called Niya-Thiya, around a 1000 locals waited out the battle.

Niya-Thiya Cave, Ie Island, Okinawa. During WWII Battle of Okinawa, 1000 Okinawans hid in this cave.

Niya-Thiya Cave, Ie Island, Okinawa. During WWII’s Battle of Okinawa, 1000 Okinawans hid in this cave.

US war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed on Ie Island on April 18th 1945. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944, and covered the war in Europe, Africa and the Pacific.

Ernie Pyle Monument, to US war correspondent killed on Ie Island Okinawa 18/4/1945

Ernie Pyle Monument, to US war correspondent killed on Ie Island Okinawa 18/4/1945

The main event on Ie Island is the Lily Festival that takes place from the end of April to the beginning of May. There are fields of white lilies, and also several rows of the more colorful varieties of Lily.

Ie Lily Festival, Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

Ie Lily Festival, Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

Ie Lily Festival, Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

Ie Lily Festival, Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

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