I renew the antislip coating in the cockpit.

Pretty exciting
I run out of paint. No worries Amazon will send me more in a couple of days. How amazing is that ? Obscure yacht antislip compound from New Zealand but Amazon Japan has it.

I put new shiny chain on the anchor.

New chain! Will have to get a hose to sluice out all the rust from the old chain. Notice flaking paint.

We go to a Yakitori place just down the road. Such an excellent restaurant. It is very local and used to have a sign saying “Japanese Only.” They must have realized that I am pretty Okinawan now and did not throw me out. https://www.google.com/maps/place/GOT+ma-ma+Izakaya+restaurant/@26.2881239,127.7527217,18z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x34e51332f600f401:0xf19916284c2ffe6d!8m2!3d26.2878237!4d127.7539581!16s%2Fg%2F1vyst8yw

We have a great izakaya type meal. Just ordering up stray dishes as the fancy takes us and washing them down with ice cold beer.

Spring onion tempura with salt.
I don’t know what these are, my companion ordered.
There is no better drink on a warm Okinawan night than ice cold draught Orion
Different chicken yakitori
Pig’s trotters

Everything cooked on a BBQ facing out to the street. So delicious!

I watch Japanese Rugby, which is very fast and skillful and has the best presenter.

I make the annual pilgrimage to the iris field of Kijoka. https://thequietripple.com/2020/04/16/flag-it/

I drove there by taking the expressway. This I have not used since the accident nearly 3 years ago. https://thequietripple.com/2020/06/01/double-whammy/

I feel very brave.

It is not a classic vintage for irises. I am a bit early and only few irises are in bloom. More importantly, this is clearly a year of change as many of the old plants have been ripped out and there are large areas of newly planted irises that will not flower until next year.

An iris
An iris with bee.
Brutalist Ikebana – it is all the rage.
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