Ishigaki Day 2: A Lively Dinner
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Island Beverage -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Island Beverage

After our sunset swim on the 2nd day of our recent trip to Ishigaki Island in the far south of Japan in the East China Sea, we got cleaned up and headed over to the outside barbecue restaurant for dinner.

Figuring that I should order a beverage befitting the tropical island we were on, I got the nondescript cocktail above. Fumie also got some kind of cocktail, and Anthony got a big guava juice...

Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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It was somewhat of a surprise to find out that the menu essentially had one item, yakiniku – 焼き肉, “barbecue dinner” – and more than somewhat of a shock to find the price (over $100 per adult!). Ishigaki is known for its beef, and at the time we were certainly knowing our hunger, so we went ahead with it.

Let me just say that at the time, I particularly appreciated those that month who had sent me a little something in thanks for my Lightroom plugin efforts. Dinner was on you, so thanks!

With Japanese yakiniku, you cook the food yourself over an open flame at the table....

Yakiniku in action -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Yakiniku
in action

Sometimes the fat dripping off the meat causes a flameup, but in this case, perhaps because it was outside, the flameups were more... how shall I put it.... lively.

Lively! -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lively!
Whoa.... Maybe Stand Back a Bit -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Whoa.... Maybe Stand Back a Bit
Three-Alarm Fire!! -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Three-Alarm Fire!!

Clearly, I needed something to put out the flames...

A Little Something to Quench the Flames “Ishigaki Dark Beer” -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Little Something to Quench the Flames
“Ishigaki Dark Beer”

And just in case the beer wasn't sufficient to handle the flames, I arranged for some inclement weather.

As we were eating the evening weather seemed perfect, but as we were donning fire helmets and manning pick axes to tackle the barbecue fire, a few tentative specks of rain carried by the wind found their way to us.

I thought it was absurd, but at just those few specks, the staff started unfurling the big umbrellas that covered the (now almost completely empty) eating area...

Over-Reaction ( that's just a little pun, get it? ) -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Over-Reaction
( that's just a little pun, get it? )

The staff then moved our table under the umbrella, and brought blankets we could drape over our laps, and hand umbrellas, just in case. I thought it was quite an over reaction, but....

As you might expect, the staff knew what they were doing and I was clueless, because before long it was pouring. I got plenty soaked during the 1-second dash from the big umbrella to under another, to get this shot....

Tropical Downpour -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Tropical Downpour

One of the staff took a picture for us...

Enjoying the Experience photo by a member of the staff at the Fusagi Beach Resort, Ishigaki Japan -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Enjoying the Experience
photo by a member of the staff at the Fusagi Beach Resort, Ishigaki Japan

Oddly, the moment we finished dinner, the rain stopped completely, so we didn't even need the hand umbrellas to return to our room.

It had been a long day, starting with a sightseeing drive through the country, a visit to a secluded beach, the dynamic windy weather at the lighthouse at the island's northern-most tip, and the sunset swim when we returned.

That's a big day for anyone, especially a six-year-old boy, who was soon out like a light...

/2.8, ISO 3200 — full exif & map — nearby photos Conked Out -- Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Conked Out

We soon followed, thereby ending a wonderful day that was also wonderfully photogenic and memorable.

Tomorrow starts Day 3.....

Continued here...


All 5 comments so far, oldest first...

Over $100 per adult, and you had to cook it yourself! Geeesh! Maybe if you had paid $150 each, they would have let you go in the back and wash your own dishes, too!

Now that you mention it, the “rain” could have been a staffer standing back with a big hose, “encouraging” us to wash the dishes. Hmmm….. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marcina, USA on June 24th, 2009 at 8:11pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

” the “rain” could have been a staffer standing back with a big hose”

Yeah, you certainly got hosed, all right!

— comment by Marcina, USA on June 24th, 2009 at 9:12pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hmmmm! This gives me some ideas. I’ve been thinking about how I was going to manage cooking for 15 or so varied people this summer when you all come home. Maybe one huge firepit and a few grass rakes with metal tines might just work out. I’m sure I’ll be able to scrounge up some geraniums, dandelions and pansies to decorate your drinks. And I know you’ll be delighted to learn it won’t cost you a cent to do the dishes. I will still have to give thought to umbrellas, though.

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on June 25th, 2009 at 1:02am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Aww! I love that Anthony still carries George everywhere and sleeps with him too!
Soo sweeet!

Griselda Arlington, TX

— comment by Griselda on June 25th, 2009 at 3:08am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Ah, those Philistines have never had the joy of Yakiniku! There are few things in life as delicious as cooking small bits of food and then immediately eating it. Then again, $100 bucks a copy does seem a little stiff.

Also locally made dark beer, in addition to being an excellent fire retardant also makes for an excellent tongue and throat moisturizer; especially when liberally applied straight from that frosty glass fire extinguisher. Remember, only you can prevent wild grill fires.

You don’t give yourself credit as an artist, but I think you have a knack for taking photos (and adding captions) that make what some might consider mundane –sublime. Thank you for your posts.

— comment by Ron Evans on June 25th, 2009 at 3:13am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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