Things I love about Okinawa.

It's no secret I live on Okinawa, Japan's sub-tropical southernmost prefecture, but I don't think I've ever extolled the wonders this entails. Allow me to fix that. Right now. In no particular order: All of the beaches. Let's start with a cliche shall we? Beaches. Okinawa has a fuck ton of them. If you're more [...]

Hanami festivals on Okinawa 2017.

Hanami. A tradition of flower viewing held long and dear by the Japanese people. In this case, for cherry blossom trees. Cherry blossoms (or sakura, to use their Japanese name), are a beautiful pink flower that bloom in Spring for several weeks, before departing for an entire year, leaving lush foliage in their place. A [...]

Attending a tea festival in Okinawa.

Tea. Festival. That's right, a festival dedicated to the great and glorious tea. I'm a huge fan of tea, which is disgustingly English of me. However, I don't care. I just love it. So imagine my joy and disbelief when a Japanese friend of mine posts that he is attending a tea festival at the [...]

Lost in translation.

I had an interesting conversation on Facebook the other day with a Japanese fellow about miscommunication. It was with regards to an exchange he had on Facebook with another user. The man in question regularly posts really great information in groups to help the foreign population of Okinawa get the best out of their time [...]