Friday Photo: August 2017

I've long been neglecting the blog and for those of you who may still be reading, I deeply apologize. Part of the summer was spent back in Japan, visiting friends in each of the locations we called home over our eight years. Loose plans are in the works to hopefully be able to return to... Continue Reading →

Travel Goals for 2017

Every January for the past few years, I've started off the new calendar with a list of my travel goals for the upcoming months. I just took a glance back at the last few lists and I am pleased to say, I've covered a lot of what I set out to do. We did indeed... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Ashibiuna (Naha)

A few of you have mentioned to me in the comments or elsewhere that you were surprised to hear that Ā 1) I actually lived for quite a while in Okinawa and 2) I didn't really like it all that much at the time. True, and true. I'm certainly much happier here in Kyushu, without the... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Taketomi Island

Last weekend, my family and I returned to Okinawa. It was a surprisingly emotional trip in a way. We left Okinawa when my daughter was 1.5 years old and returned twice when she was around two years old. But this was the first time that she could form actual memories of the island and she... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Bingata

My husband is in Okinawa (again) this week and normally, I wouldn't give it a second thought. (Except to lament how long the weekends feel when you are single parenting! šŸ™‚ ) I've made no secret of my .... ahem, lack of love for Okinawa, whose steamy climes I called home between 2009-2012. Yet as... Continue Reading →

Review: Above the East China Sea

When I was looking online for a picture ofĀ Takako and the Great Typhoon the other month, I stumbled across an ad for another book relating to Okinawa - Above the East China Sea by Sarah Bird. As there really aren't many mainstream works of fiction that focus on the Ryukyu Islands, I immediately jumped at... Continue Reading →

Review: Takako and the Great Typhoon

Though I didn't plan it this way, today's review is rather timely. Last week, a major typhoon barreled its way across Japan. Though somehow - and looking at the radar images, IĀ still can't figure out how - the typhoon dumped no more than a handful of drops on Kumamoto, poor Okinawa got a bit drenched... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Fukushuen Garden (Okinawa)

Bear with my continued Okinawa obsession this week. I really don't know where it's coming from. It's enough to even make me trot off to the grocery store for some goya (bitter gourd) to makeĀ champuru (stir fry). If you've ever tasted goya, you know just how serious this obsessionĀ is becoming. šŸ™‚ Anyway, in trying to... Continue Reading →

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