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Vaccination

I am, of course, very pro vax mainly because one of my very early memories is having my polio vaccination back in the 50’s. I think I was six yeas old. I still have the round scar on my left … Continue reading

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Ivanhoe

This is the name of my favorite shop, clearly named after Sir Walter Scott’s famous novel. Well actually the Japanese pronounce and spell it Ivano but these sort of small alterations from English to Japanese are common. I suppose Ivano … Continue reading

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Baby Foot

Okinawa has been very good for my feet. They used to be horrible now they are beautiful. A lot of sea, sand and sandals gets rid of stench and decay engendered by socks and tight shoes. But ‘et in arcadia … Continue reading

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Byobu

I first met Kikuta Ichiro san in 2013 when I helped organize an exhibition of his work at the university. Watch the video. https://www.oist.jp/news-center/videos/ichiro-kikuta-yambaru-byobu-exhibition-painting-forest-full-life Since then I have burned with a terrible yearning to own one of his byobu. I … Continue reading

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Goat’s Head Soup

Sea snake soup is an ancient and much revered Okinawan dish. Arisa kindly books a table at the most prestigious sea snake restaurant in Okinawa. Very few places, I am told 5, serve sea snake. Prestigious by reputation rather than … Continue reading

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All Quiet

Not much going on in these drowsy Covid days. We are still in a state of semi emergency, meaning don’t go out unless necessary, masks , distancing etc. I have been for a couple of lunches and one very fine … Continue reading

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2 Weeks in Narita.

I am afraid that this post is once again principally about my boat cover. I know you are sick of photos of reddish canvas but it is what it is. Anyway, something else to start with. Japan has not allowed … Continue reading

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It Is What It Is

I have noticed the title expression cropping up frequently lately. I wonder where it came from. Still licking our wounds post Typhoon Maysak, Typhoon Haishen is on its way to further test our resolve. I rig the cover differently. First … Continue reading

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Oh Dear

Typhoon Maysak was pretty bad, well actually is pretty bad, as she is still blowing away as I write. However the worst is over. The storm started with a lot of rain on Monday afternoon but the real ferocity came … Continue reading

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Fiddling While Rome Burns

Serious typhoon coming over the island tomorrow and Tuesday. What better time to have fun. Kikuta san has added new pieces to his exhibition. Off we go to examine. I am very tempted to buy this. When young in Scotland … Continue reading

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