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... can be worn, and are even required in some situations. Kimono are often paired with white tabi socks, and special geta shoes or zori sandals when walking outside.
The most common type seen in modern Japan today, though, is the summer Kimono called Yukata. These are Kimono made from thin cotton linen, not silk, and are meant to wear to festivals or without obi as a robe around the home in the hot summer months. You can buy Yukata in many ...
... learned it in school. You can see it on youtube, just search "Japanese stretch song" or "radio taiso". Some family members even stood up to do it as well. Everyone knows it.
Stretches over, announcements finished, marching complete, GAMES BEGIN! First up is the 100m run for girls. Next, the 200m run for boys. Not much to say on this, running is running.
Ah, but second was what I only can name as the "Big Ball" run. It's called the 'Oodama Relay', quite ...
... sound of the ocean was a soothing as Bob Ross' voice. I hopped back on the moped, checked out Tokashiku beach, then went up to the Site of Mass Suicide. That was where according to a plaque, 315 Okinawan men, women, and children took their own lives instead of becoming prisoners of war. Apparently, whether the decision to do so was theirs or the government's is still up for debate. One factor for me in wanting to come to Japan was it's war ...
... is no fun outdoor activities to do (it should end soon though and then get VERY HOT I am told). Also, I have had my dive training so there are some weekends where I can not do anything anyways, or need the time to catch up on other work. Still, I only really know the people in my lab so when they don't go out, my options are limited. It is just odd to me that the graduate students here don't seem to drink much at all. At RSMAS, ...
... the boat to Zamami Island. I grabbed a deep fried tuna stick and a teriyaki chicken sandwich, then strolled around the port area. Everything is dilapidated and/or rusted on either island. I didn't have much energy left, so I just sat at a picnic table at the port for awhile. I sat inboard on the ferry this time to avoid minimize seasickness. I slept most of the way back. I stopped off at Hottomotto for stir fry and ...