Keith Graff

  • Silence is Golden
    April 9th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    I had a lot of work to do this last weekend. I was behind the eight-ball as far as articles and blogs I had to write for, I had a new book to read for a class I’m hoping to teach later this term as well as a teaching outline to write for it. To top it all off, I had to ... » Continue Reading
  • Okinawa Cherry Blossom
    February 15th, 2010By Category: Travel
    Cherry blossom time, also known as Ohanami, in Japan is an important time for the gathering of family and friends. It is a time of renewal and hope for the coming year. Across the main islands it begins in early March in the south and lowlands then slowly creeps north ... » Continue Reading
  • Sefa Utaki in Okinawa, Japan
    February 4th, 2010By Category: Travel
    Whether it is as a member of a tour group or just a weekend getaway with the family, most visitors to Okinawa will make the pilgrimage to Mabuni Hill and the Peace Prayer Memorial Park in southern Itoman City. For most, if not all, this park is a “must see” attract ... » Continue Reading
  • Okinawan Artist Shinzan Yamada
    December 18th, 2009By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Travel
    Celebrated Okinawan born artist, Shinzan Yamada was born in 1885 and died in 1977. Several of his major works are stored in the collection of the Meiji Shrine Memorial Art Museum in Tokyo. Though throughout his life he created many masterpieces, one piece in particula ... » Continue Reading
  • A Legacy of Honor
    December 14th, 2009By Category: Travel
    This could easily be the story of one great man but the five castles that still stand (UNESCO World Heritage Sites all) do so as a testament to his legacy. His name was Gosamaru and many said that he was perhaps the rightful heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hoku ... » Continue Reading
  • The Royal “Crib” at Shikinaen
    November 24th, 2009By Category: Travel
    Okinawa is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites. They include the Castle at Shuri where the government and royal family of the Ryukyu Kingdom held court, the Sonohyan Utaki where they prayed for safe passage during journeys, the royal tombs at Tamaudun, the cast ... » Continue Reading
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    The Okinawan Rain Kami-sama
    November 5th, 2009By Category: Travel
    My good friend Mike, who’s lived on Okinawa for decades, has a theory! It goes that whenever the Okinawan’s plan a party, the weather will hold off for as long as the event is scheduled for. Now by party, I mean festivals. Okinawa could easily be described as the isla ... » Continue Reading
  • A recipe for fun
    October 13th, 2009By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Travel
    Weave forty plus tons of rice straw into a rope and make it a little over two city blocks long. Because of its size and to keep it from blocking traffic, you’ll have to divide it into halves. Once everything is in place, go ahead and invite 250,000 or so of your close ... » Continue Reading
  • The Tomori Lion
    September 30th, 2009By Category: Travel
    It can be seen both inside and on the cover of several books about the battle of Okinawa. Some of them show only the solitary stone lion, perched on a knoll that is completely barren of vegetation. Other pictures show army artillery observers hunkered down beside it a ... » Continue Reading
  • Hajisui no to
    September 17th, 2009By Category: Travel
    On the northern outskirts of Nago city along a mountain road is a small stone monument marked by a lone sign along the highway. Many travelers who go this way in a hurry to points elsewhere will pass it right by without paying it any mind. Being nothing more than a st ... » Continue Reading