The second spot we visited was the Niya-thiya Cave. The cave was used for shelter for roughly 1,000 people during the Battle of Okinawa. The cave is also famous because it is home to a large rock which is known as the "fertility rock" to the locals. Yes, you read that correctly, a fertility rock. The Japanese superstition is this: if you are having problems conceiving or "making baby" as they put it, you pick up this rock, kiss it, and sit it back down. If it's heavier than you initially thought, you're having a boy. If the rock is lighter than you thought, you're having a girl. This is a place where many barren couples go because nothing else seems to work for them. There are also various praying spots around the island where infertile women go and pray to be blessed with a baby.
A view from inside the cave.
The famous "fertility rock".
A view from the top
I know the video isn't great. It's windy and kind of fast.
This is the footprint I had referred to of the giant. If you look past the stone Caleb's pretending to write on you can see the little dip along with the silver coins. I also read that this is a place that the farmers will come to pray for good crops for the upcoming year.
At the end of 630 steps - we were up to the top in 10 minutes and back down about the same. We had a 30 min. time window and couldn't be late. My legs were no longer functioning at this point, they could only manage to shake.
Another view from the entrance of the mtn.
Finally, the Ie Lily Festival that is held at the end of April and the first of May. There's well over 100,000 lilies planted so it was pretty cool to see the different types of lilies and enjoy the different colors all around. Towards the end of our time there, there was a lady singing, in Japanese of course, and Caleb was so drawn to her. He's never been so content or persistent in staying and watching something like that. Daniel and I could care less, but he was loving her. He went up to shake her hand, but he "needed" to sit down in the front so he could see her and watch her while she preformed. He was so funny with it all. We had a great time and Caleb was amazing throughout the entire day. Hope you enjoy the pictures.