Manhole Monday: Kitanakagusuku

It seems a bit odd to be posting a flowery manhole cover in the height of leaf-peeping season but after a thorough examination of my photo catalogs, I couldn't find any with maple leaves. So flowers it is. Kitanakagusuku is an unassuming little community in the middle of Okinawa's main island. It's bordered by the... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Ryukyu Mura (Okinawa)

Most people head to Okinawa for the beach but when the sun and surf gets to be a bit too monotonous, grab the kids and head inland for a cultural education at the village of Ryukyu Mura. Ryukyu Mura (meaning "Ryukyu Village") is a collection of traditional Okinawan homes, most of which were dismantled and... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Churaumi Aquarium (Okinawa)

Today, Japan is celebrating Umi no Hi (Marine Day) so what better way to mark the occasion than a post on one of the country's greatest aquatic sights? Japan has a dearth of aquariums, including a new and highly controversial one in Kyoto. Perhaps I'm biased but the one that really takes the cake is... Continue Reading →

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