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... from their feet and must escape through their smiles.
Then there are the mens socks.
Guys, seriously, lighten up!
That was Japan for a week. What a wonderful country. Was so glad to be out of the usual cities, even still, I know only scratched the surface. To think a week ago I was in the Aleutians.
Off to Laoag in the NW Philippines come morning.
On the way to Chatan we stopped at Terukina Sensei's Shanshin school. He received the award as national treasure a few years ago. Then we continued north to the Okinawan National Performing Hall. It is a theater to see, with rotating and floating runways and center stage platforms all controlled quietly and electronically. The backstage it amazing, equipped with individual and group dressing rooms, showers and close ...
Okinawan National Performing Arts Hall was funded by the government to create a venue for the production of traditional Kumiodori, the refined entertainment for the royal court and the highest form of hospitality for entertaining Chinese Inaugural envoys. It is known to be the most elaborate and modern theatrical structure in Japan. It is still used for the original Kumiodori but also drama, music and ...
... are buried together. The rituals are quite involved and interesting.
Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum:
No photos from here. The story of this ship is a story of war not peace. The lives of 1484 evacuees including 775 children were taken as an American submarine destroyed what they believed was a cargo ship taking supplies to Japan. Instead it was a cargo ship carrying mostly children to safety from Okinawa where the Battle of Okinawa raged to ...
... much. Needless to say, now that we are back together I had to make this birthday celebration a little extreme. I schemed up my plan for his birthday probably a week prior to the actual day. In fact, we started celebrating his birthday the Friday evening before his bday by going out for beers and brats at the local Orion. The weekend before our day of celebration, I spent the day baking a 3-layer german chocolate cake while he was at work. On the day before his birthday, ...