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Shards

I go for a glorious morning walk along a beach close to the apartment.  The beach is strewn with big shards of pottery. Okinawa is covered in family shrines where ancestors’ bones are placed.  Early shrines were in caves and … Continue reading

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What a Fluke

Almost exactly 20 years ago, I went to the Campbeltown Folk Festival. The lead bands were Shooglenifty and Flook. I had the opportunity to talk a lot to Brian Finnegan, one of Flook’s flute folk. During the concert he had … Continue reading

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Orinoco

I am feeling very proud of myself as I succeeded in getting stuff from Japanese Amazon. This what I got. I am nearing completion on my new crown. Today was fitting. It took 90 mins of exquisite adjustment to get … Continue reading

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Drenched

The last 10 days or so have been dominated by typhoon stuff. The first, Trami, was  a mega, ultra typhoon. The second, whose name I have already forgotten, was less kapow but it did rain like crazy.   I set … Continue reading

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Always Have a Bucket

I was hopelessly unprepared for the reality of no power. I had no water, little food, no lamp nor candles. Of course all the shops were shut as they were in the same boat with no power. I lived a … Continue reading

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Election Weather

The importance of last Saturday’s election for the Governor of Okinawa was underlined by God sending a mega typhoon. https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Denny-Tamaki-critic-of-U.S.-bases-elected-Okinawa-governor Typhoon Trami went right over us on Saturday, which was polling day. It was the real thing! Go out and vote! … Continue reading

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Trami Time

Looks like a Category 4 typhoon, named  Trami, will, to use the verb much favored by journalists, slam into Okinawa tomorrow. This is always exciting, but not much good for the advancement of the project. Trami means tram in Japanese. … Continue reading

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