Monthly Archives: February 2011

Chez Le Boulanger

One  surprising facet of Okinawa is the popularity of French bakeries. One of my preconceptions about Japan was that the Japanese did not eat much bread. Not so, it appears. There are three Boulangeries within striking distances of my place. … Continue reading

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Piscivorous, Piscivore, Piscivory

I do not know where my liking for fish came from. I do not think I ate very much fish as a child. What I did eat came in the form of fish fingers. There was however an exception -Scotland! … Continue reading

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Illiteracy

The learned Geoff Carr points out that living in Japan gives insight into illiteracy.  For the first time in 55 years, I am illiterate. It really cramps your style. Try filling up at a self service gas station. There is … Continue reading

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The great seal of truth is simplicity.

So this is fun. In Okinawa and I guess in the rest of Japan, a thing you gotta have is an ‘Inkan’. This is your own personal yet official seal. To approve a document,  er like a budget thing at … Continue reading

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Little Red Rooster

I lie on my futon looking out of the huge windows that make up 50% of the wall space in my bedroom. I contemplate the rising sun and wait.  At 7:00 exactly speakers concealed in trees, trash cans, disguised as … Continue reading

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Good Wine Needs No Bush

So, as far as sites for a restaurant go, this has to be pretty high on the reckoning. Perched high on a hill in Yomitan, it has an unobstructed view over the East China Sea, which today runs from wine … Continue reading

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A Million Tourists

Apparently a million tourists visit Okinawa every year. Must be tough being an instructor.

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Ah, March! we know thou art kind-hearted, spite of ugly looks and threats,

I have to have a car to get around and go to work and that kind of thing.  Hmmmm, Okinawa is really not very big, the roads are narrow and the standard speed limit is 50 kph! Do I really … Continue reading

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