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Getto – It’s many Uses

Last week I caught this post over at Ryukyu Mike’s blog and was reminded of my time on Kitadaito Island.  Kitadaito’s biggest industry is sugar production, but during my time there (2008-2011) they created a factory to harness the many uses of the getto plant, aka Alpinia zerumbet.   So what is a getto?  It’s a tall stalk based plant with broad, tapering leaves and white cone-shaped flowers.  The stalks grow slowly but prodigiously, and regrow after being cut down.  They

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

My You’ve Gotten Fat or Isn’t Japan Supposed to be Polite?

For those of you who don’t know, I spent my first three years in Japan living on Kitadaito Island.  Kitadaito is a small island 320km east of the mainland of Okinawa.  While I was there, I experienced the close community of rural Japan, and started writing.  A bit over a year ago, I moved to Kumejima which his far larger.  Since this is my last year with the JET Programme, I decided to visit Kitadaito during their annual Daitogusai Festival.

2012 Kitadaito Festival Day 2

The 2012 Kitadaito Festival was a two-day event in September marking an important time of community inclusion and tradition. The second day of the Festival was on the 23rd and, as in years past, featured sumo competitions as a traditional Japanese offering to the kami and ancestors of the village. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my post on day one. Below is a video showing excerpts from the day, with more information and photos farther down.

2012 Kitadaito Festival Day 1

Every year on September 22 and 23 Kitadaito Village celebrates its largest Festival.  These dates mark the beginning of autumn.  Kitadaito also known as north Borodino island is a place of 12sq kilometers 320 kilometers east of the Okinawan mainland.  It is unique in that it was settled by residents of Hachijo Island (near Tokyo) but is part of Okinawa Prefecture.  Over the past 100 years the island has become a unique chanpuru (mix) of both cultures. After graduating from

Daito Sushi Recipe

Daito Sushi is a specialty of the Daito (Borodino) islands in Okinawa prefecture.  The islands are located 320 kilometers east of Naha and the mainland.  I had the privilege of living on Kitadaito for three years and enjoyed the fresh maguro (tuna) and sawara marinated sushi they are so well-known for.  I don’t have the super secret recipe they use out on the islands, if you want that you’ll have to go visit, but here’s a good taste of an awesome type

Kitadaito Island’s Phosphorous Mine Ruins

Three hundred and twenty kilometers from the Okinawa mainland, two small islands sit alone in the South Pacific.  The Daito Islands, one time the Borodinos, have a short history, having been settled only 100 years ago.  Still they made it in time for both world wars.  Kitadaito is the smaller of the two islands, and boasts one of the most unique blendings of culture in Japan.  During the war, Kitadaito was settled mainly to harvest phosphorous.  It never became a

Japanese Bats

Okinawa is located in the subtropics zone south of mainland Japan. Since Okinawa is generally warmer, there are a lot of interesting fruit trees such as mango, papaya, and lime (shikuwasa in hogen). These fruit trees provide ample food for fruit bats. On many Okinawan islands, giant fruit bats, or komori (flying foxes), fly through the night sky in search of midnight snacks. While I’ve seen them on the mainland as well, I was able to get a lot of

A New Series

Hi, starting this week I will be posting pictures here from my time in Japan.  Hopefully I’ll get one to you every Wednesday and Friday, something to take a peek at in between my regular Monday posts.  Thank you for your support and interest!  Keep Japan Rockin’!  

The Sports Festival

In Japan there is an event called an undokai.  Roughly translated it means sports festival.  When I was on Kitadaito, we had one undokai scheduled every year for the entire village.  Students and teachers spent months preparing.  An entire day was devoted to the event and there were even whole mornings devoted towards practice and preparation.  The event included many running events, such as dashes, relays, and obstacle courses. Students and teachers also put on performances (think halftime shows Japanese-style) and many villagers

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