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 →

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, I┬ástill 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 →

Crash Course: Shisa

I'm having a bit of Okinawa nostalgia at the moment. No one is more surprised by this than me, as my three years on the island were not necessarily, to quote Dickens, "the best of times". Never terribly fond of the confines of the sweaty "rock", I've nevertheless been reflecting a lot on Japan's southernmost... Continue Reading →

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