• Seimei, it’s like Obon on Steroids
    April 13th, 2009By Category: Culture, Travel
    The people of Okinawa don't celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter or many of the religious holidays many westerners are familiar with. But they do have plenty of their own special holidays and traditions to speak of. They even have one or two that are not c ... » Continue Reading
  • Ice Hockey Alive and Well(?) in Japan
    April 13th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    photo credit: tata_aka_T Many transplanted hockey fans such as myself, thought they would be forced to give up their passion when they crossed the pond to live in Japan. Perhaps Japan's best kept secret is that an entire hockey culture exists just below the radar of ... » Continue Reading
  • Dinner time at the Onsen
    April 10th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    AE - You know, after a long dip in an onsen I'm usually really famished... AK - I hear you.  A hot onsen not only takes your stresses away, leaves your skin silky smooth, but also leaves you starving. AE - Hey, don't interrupt me when I'm talking during my blog ... » Continue Reading
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    Wax on, Wax off: Cleaning as a Martial Arts Metaphor, Part 1
    April 9th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    So after moving into my new apartment recently, I had to spent a few days cleaning it, and while doing so, I pondered why it is that traditional martial arts masters always make their students spend a lot of time cleaning. Coming from an American cultural backgro ... » Continue Reading
  • Te-Ge
    April 8th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    One of the things that make a place like Okinawa so attractive to the many tourists who visit here is the carefree lifestyle of the inhabitants. While people up in mainland Japan hustle and bustle about at breakneck speed cramming themselves like sardines into ste ... » Continue Reading
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    Duck-like sitting ducks!
    April 4th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
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    Fresh Fish!
    April 1st, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    photo credit: knaakle We take a lot for granted these days. Just take the subject of fresh foods for instance. Meats, fish, produce, you name it, from the farmer or the fisherman to the wholesaler to the retailer to your refrigerator it's all harvested, transported, ... » Continue Reading
  • Who is tougher, the stunt martial artist or the ring fighter?
    March 30th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    Coming from a competitive Martial arts background, I used to think that doing action films would be relatively easily. No taking actual hits, no bruises on the shins and feet from giving them, no worrying about making weight. Just memorize a sequence, act it out i ... » Continue Reading
  • Splish, Splash, still at the bath!
    March 24th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    AK- "Oooooh that was so refreshing! And just look, Aki-chan, how silky white and smooth it makes your skin seem!" AE- "Oh, Akiko, I bet you say that to all the Akita Bijins!  But stop it! You're making me blush!" (more…) ... » Continue Reading
  • The Luck of the Okinawan Irish
    March 17th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    Its spring here on Okinawa and everything as far as the eye can see is turning a bright fresh shade of green. That reminded me that St. Paddy's day is upon us once again. I'm not Irish but having lived in Okinawa these last few years, I couldn't help but notice th ... » Continue Reading
  • Splish, Splash I was takin’ a bath
    March 16th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    Oooh!  Hello there.  Didn't know people were watching.  Oh, that's right it's time for me to talk about the wonders of Akita and the secrets of Akita Bijin. Well, if you don't know by now, Akita is on the northwest coast of Japan's main island of Honshu (part of ... » Continue Reading
  • An Introduction to Hakata Ramen
    March 16th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    Hakata's ramen speciality is tonkotsu. Take a load of pork bones, collagen and fat, boil it for days, add some stock, there's your soup. Chuck in very thin noodles, pork belly slices, little mushrooms called kikurage, pick the extras, and you're ready to slurp. Bu ... » Continue Reading