So, farewell Auntie Margie, such a presence in the last 63 years of my life. You were 94 on passing, a fine age even in Okinawa, an isle known for the longevity of its inhabitants.
The Okinawans are big on ancestor worship and every August the island slows down to celebrate Obon. At this time the ancestors come back, arriving from the sea and coming up the beaches. They are met by singing and dancing from Eisa bands. Come back on Obon Auntie Margie. I will reserve a place in the parking lot.
Here are two young Okinawan girls singing ‘Shimanchu Nu Takara’ for you Auntie Margie. Apparently on a Brazilian TV show – work that one out.
Here is the same song with Eisa dancers, welcoming you back. Okinawa has a place for you Auntie Margie.