I dislike Okinawa. It's hot, it's boring (there's little I enjoy doing here) and it's very, very closed off from everything and everyone. You can travel, but I hate flying. I'd rather be able to drive between places and being here kinda screws me.
It's currently 10:00am and 90 degrees outside with 85% humidity. The heat index is 99. You'll likely go through price shock and you may get f*cked over if you have pets (resulting in you having to throw them out at family mart). You'll deal with racism, unspecified hatred and possibily vandalism.
On the other hand, you get a pretty island and the vast majority of locals are pretty decent and helpful. The language barrier is hard to get used to at first, but you get used to it. A lot of the people on here don't see any downside. I think this is more of a 'visit' place than a 'live' place, but, eh. I'm here another 16 months. I'll make the best of it while I'm still stuck here.
If you aren't into clubs, there's not much of a night life otherwise.
There is so much more than that to do if you just try.
Please roll off a list of things that:
-Does not revolve around drinking -Does not revolve around food -Does not revolve around the military bases -Is not just shopping that you can do any time -Is something that you can go out and do any night of the week. -Does not require children.
The only thing I can think of is Sega World or maybe Round One, if it's not packed.
First, what would you be doing in the evenings in the states?
Archery, firing range or fencing. Or canine competition training/general training with the dogs and the group that used to meet twice a week (scenthounds, mostly), theatre group (I'm aware of POPs so this one is kind of moot) or orchestra.
Saturdays were reserved for running off to the open circle I used to go to after work. The ones here don't fulfill what I'm looking for, so that's moot too.
And I have a puppy and she is like our child...they will take her away from us?
Might. If you bring your dog, they won't necessarily put you in pet friendly housing. If they like you, they'll try to help you out, but you could get f*cked over and put in a non-pet friendly tower. Then yeah, you have to get rid of the dog-ship her back to the states or give her away.
Price shock.. eh, depends on how you already spend your money. We're cheapskates so we were used to $60 or so a week in groceries. We spend about $100 if we shop at the commissary for everything. I can't give you a permanent estimate for off base prices for our stuff because the yen rate's always fluctuating. It's pretty lousy right now, though. It should be noted I buy a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, though.
As far as pets go. THE WILL NOT JUST TAKE YOUR DOG FROM YOU
This is a lie. They force you to get rid of your pets if you are put in non-pet housing. You're ignorant, bro. And they will not except her from non-pet housing just because she has a dog because they suck.
It is not a lie it's called going through the proper channels.
They will not allow you to live out in town just because you have a dog. They will not skip two tower choices because you have a dog. They will not guarantee you a house rather than a tower just because you have a dog.
The ignorance is not doing the proper research. I repeat.
When you come here with a pet that is properly documented you will not find that you arrive at the base and when given your housing choices they say "ditch the dog". If they are not allowing people to PCS here with pets at a particular time then they will cover that with you when you are speaking with someone or as Nicole mentioned on the website it also says something however I would check about how up to date that is.
If you do not properly document your dog through the proper channels that is another story making yourself the ignorant and ultimately unprepared.
I have done a lot of research on this because my two dogs are my kids and giving them up is not an option so ignorance is not an option. The research starts before you come here at all. If you speak with the proper people you can find out what your options are before even deciding that this is the place you want to go.
If you choose to call me ignorant that's fine with me however let's be realistic here and take a moment to see what I am saying. Research with the proper people before making the decision to come here. If that is ignorant and making decisions based on hearsay is not then label me however you want.
Since 1 August 2009, all inbound, accompanied military personnel have been required to live on-base if Military Family Housing (MFH) units are available that meet mandatory assignment standards.
Pet-friendly MFH is limited, and military personnel should not bring their pets to Okinawa until after learning whether they are assigned to a pet-friendly MFH unit. Please learn more abount Pets and Military Family Housing on Okinawa."
^^Nicole I remember when this came out and would check with someone on a current update on this. As of right now they have begun to move families off base because there are no more available houses on base due to some renovations on Kadena which have been filling other bases also.
^^Nicole I remember when this came out and would check with someone on a current update on this. As of right now they have begun to move families off base because there are no more available houses on base due to some renovations on Kadena which have been effecting other bases also.
This depends on the availability. The order is still in place-but if units are not available, you may be able to move off base. However, not having pet friendly housing does not qualify as "non-availability."