Author Archives: Benjamin Martin

New Video: Kumejima’s Maja Scenic Tour

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Kume Island in Okinawa is home to many scenic and historic spots. For most visitors and locals, the main attractions such as Hateno Beach or events such as the yearly festival overshadow the much older local delights that can only be found when walking along with someone who truly knows the area. Recently, a new program is offering island experiences to delve into the historic, cultural, and natural side of Kumejima that the casual tourist might enjoy but find difficult

Betrayal (Samurai Awakening Book 3)

For those of you who didn’t know, Samurai Awakening’s third installment, Betrayal is available via Kindle on Amazon worldwide.  This third book continues David’s story in rural Japan where he faces the remnants of Japanese legend. It’s free for prime subscribers and only $3.99 for purchase. I hope you enjoy it! More Information: The evil of Japanese legend is real, and has once again reawakened. As an exchange student, David Matthews expected an interesting time in Japan, but after being

Pregnant in Japan

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Okay, so I’m not pregnant, but my wife is. We’ve never been through this before and all my expectations are built upon the little bit I happened to absorb (against my will) as I grew up. Though I’m so far away from “expert” on American childbearing that a karate teacher wouldn’t bother giving me a white belt, I’ve already found that traditions and expectations between the two countries are very different. A little background: My wife and I live on Kumejima,

2015 Gasashi Wakachara Kumiodori on Kumejima

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve written here on morethingsjapanese.com.  While I expect most of my regular readers have since moved on, I’m still alive and kicking here on Kumejima. Work and married life have taken up most of the free time I used to operate this blog over the last five years. Still, when I find a chance, I’ll use it to add a post and a picture or two (or 37). The other day students on Kume Island

Typhoon 1419 Vongfang

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Tyhpoon Vongfang has been blowing its way through Okinawa this weekend. While the media has been hyping it as the strongest storm this year, the majority of the fury was spent over open seas. While there have been strong winds since early Friday morning, and Okinawa is still in the *red* zone, the danger has mostly passed since the typhoon has weakened to category 1. As for Kumejima, were all safe if still in lock-down. Unfortunately, the timing has led

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