Monthly Archives: November 2012

Kabocha Pie Recipe

Kabocha is a variation of squash/pumpkin common in Japan. Far more than the States, kabocha is used in a variety of dishes from soup to tempura.  For those expats in Japan, it might be surprising that it is most often used in savory dishes like curry rice rather than as a dessert.  I’ve used kabocha in a number of ways, but every Thanksgiving I make my family’s traditional pumpkin pie recipe, but with kabocha.  Over the years I’ve adapted my

Emperor Akihito visits Kume Island

On November 20, 2012 The Emperor of Japan Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Kumejima as part of a four-day visit to Okinawa.  Preparations were long in the making, but it was still extraordinary to see the spectacle of a visit lasting less than 5 hours.  Luckily, I was asked to help photograph on behalf of Kumejima Town and was able to stand with television and newspaper camera people in designated media areas. The Emperor and his wife arrived around 10:30 JST

Preparing for an Emperor

A few weeks ago, a delegation came from Hawai’i County to view the Deep-sea Water Research institute on Kume Island.  You can read about the visit and the proposed Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion plant in my post on International Cooperation in Green Energy, and on the uses of Deep-sea Water.  The proposal is now gaining wider support and interest.  In just two days, the Emperor of Japan, Akihito, will arrive on Kumejima to view the Institute as part of a larger four-day trip to

Churaumi Aquarium Okinawa

Churaumi Aquarium (美ら海 beautiful ocean aquarium) is one of the premiere tourist attractions in Okinawa prefecture.  The large aquarium is located within the even larger and interesting Ocean Expo Park on the Motobu Peninsula.  Boasting one of the worlds largest indoor tanks, the stars of the complex are three whale sharks housed with many other fish of varying sizes. Though I’ve lived in Okinawa for over five years, I had my first opportunity to visit Churaumi only this past weekend.  The

2012 Kumejima Marathon Photos

平成24年 久米島マラソン写真 ミーフガーの方 Below are photos from the 2012 Kumejima Marathon which took place on October 28, 2012.  I was asked to take pictures by the local town government, so these aren’t edited for content.  Instead, there are pictures for just about everyone in the full race.  Since there are so many, I’ve shrunken them down.  If you would like a full size copy of a picture you can email me with a request. Please include the photo file number.  Only individuals

School Lunch in Okinawa October 22-31

Monday October 22 Milk, autumn rice, baked mackerel, cabbage and sesame salad, root vegetable soup Monday’s meal highlights one of the major strengths of Japanese cuisine: seasonal ingredients.  The rice was infused with flavors and vegetables that are ripe in autumn.  Along side the rice was a salad of cabbage, cucumber and other vegetables in sesame dressing, a clear broth soup with root vegetables, and a slice of baked mackerel. Tuesday October 23 Milk, Chinese rice bowl, wakame (seaweed) soup, orange This