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A Match of Two Halves

I am honored to be asked to join the boatyard boys crew for the annual Zamami to Naha Sabani boat race. Here is some info http://okinawaclip.com/en/detail/199 We go over to Zamami on Saturday to set up the boat. We are a very … Continue reading

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Stuffing

There is a general change of character in the boat project. The big numbers; engine, center plate, repaint, are now dealt with or under control. We now move towards the final state. I work on the boom and gaff. Following … Continue reading

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If You’ve Been a Lady to Begin with

One thing that has characterized my life, is my incredible good luck. I go down to the boatyard to get on with the spars. As I get out of the truck, I notice bits of wood on the ground that … Continue reading

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Treadmaster

Before I start, I would just like you to look at this poor photo. These kids and more walk below my balcony around 8:00 every morning. They are probably 6 judging by the school satchels they are carrying. They may … Continue reading

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Pizza

Excitement. I go to the framing shop to pick up my now er framed Matsubara work. I had very precise instructions from Naoko as to how the piece should be framed. She does not want the the paper to be … Continue reading

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The Tortoise and the Hare

Slow and steady wins the race. I move onto another stage of the refit – the mast, the boom and the gaff. In fact all of these are in very good condition. It is just a case of washing off … Continue reading

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Ouch!

I got the bill for my local taxes. It was huge. These taxes used to be deducted from my salary and I never really noticed how high they were. Taxes in Japan are calculated on your previous year’s salary and … Continue reading

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