Ten United States military bases dominate the real estate on this historic island in the East China Sea. Although best known for its strategic location beginning in World War II, Okinawa is very rich with cultural reasons to visit this fascinating place. Besides the gorgeous beaches, there are 13th century castle ruins, a world-class aquarium, and in October, the world’s largest tug-of-war (anyone can participate). One of the most interesting things about it is that Okinawans are among the longest-lived people on earth. Their longevity is often studied by medical researchers, and much is attributed to their fish-focused diet. This photo is from a fish stall in the Makishi Public Markets in Naha City, Okinawa. Hard to believe these fish are real, but they are.