Whale song

Whale song

The major news on island this past week is, unfortunately, bad news: Beached baby This beached baby humpback whale was found on Torii beach on Wednesday, March 20th. Those who first saw the calf at sea wanted to try to rescue her, but she was already dead. No one’s really sure what happened, and it’s an(…)

Walk that goat! Okinawa’s Bios on the Hill

Walk that goat! Okinawa’s Bios on the Hill

Have you ever heard someone say, “If you don’t like the weather in [name of city], just wait a few minutes, and it’ll change”? I have. In fact, I’ve heard this same expression used to describe Chicago, Los Angeles, Valparaiso (Indiana), and parts of Texas. As if these were the only places with frequently changing(…)

Oki End to End: Mini Geography Lesson

I just couldn’t wait to share this with you–I recently saw it in my feed. It’s a time lapse video of a person driving from the southern tip (Cape Kyan) to the northern tip (Cape Hedo) of Okinawa Island. Since Okinawa is only 67 miles (107.8 km) long, the trip takes 3 to 4 hours,(…)

100 Yen Stores: The Most Fun Consumers Can Have!

100 Yen Stores: The Most Fun Consumers Can Have!

It’s fun to visit another country and find little cultural differences, or learn that there may be a different way to do or say things than what you’ve always known. I take it another step, and admittedly get a little “judgy.” Here’s my running tally on “Who does it better–Okinawa or the U.S.?”                                             (…)

Shisa! Shisa! Things I learned about Okinawa’s icon

Shisa! Shisa! Things I learned about Okinawa’s icon

Fair and temperate Okinawa: what beast, pray tell,  is this? Be it friend or foe? Spend any time on Okinawa, and you’ll see pairs of these creatures on rooftops, or perched at the entrance to most homes and buildings. They’re called shisa, and they’re everywhere. Okinawa’s icon, for sure. When you think of Okinawa, think of(…)