Monthly Archives: September 2011

Hatenohama: The White Sand Beach

  Hatenohama is probably the single most beautiful beach in Okinawa.  It’s also one of the most remote.  Off shore of Kumejima Island, its a strip of sand that stretches out towards Okinawa in the East China Sea. View Larger Map The beach is in the center of a huge area of shallow water protected by a ring of coral and rock outcroppings. Over thousands of years the tidal actions in the protected area have built up what is now Hatenohama. I

East meets … Farther East

  There are a lot of different azas (字) on Kumejima.  An aza is smaller than a village, but bigger than a neighborhood.  Each one has its own community center and most host different events throughout the year.  Kanegusuku-aza‘s claim to fame is the Murashibi festival on September 12.  It falls every year on the full moon in September, dating back to when Japan used the lunar calendar.  This is one of the unique events only in Kumejima, and is

The Japan Pulse Summer 2011

  Here’s the second in series intended to be a snapshot of Japan as it is right now.  There is no way I can be as all inclusive as I would like, but hopefully this will paint a general picture about where Japan is now.   Physically Japan just passed the six month mark since the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Accident.  Japan is struggling to recover, but has been hampered by heavy rains and several deadly typhoons.  Concerns over

The Post Box

About a month ago I made my first major move in Japan.  I spent the last three years living on a small island in the Pacific, surprising many with how well I adjusted to such a unique living experience.  I had gone from a big city to a small ‘town’ and did just fine.  This time around I moved to another Island in Japan, but instead of a population of 550, the population here is closer to 10,000.  I drive