Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/640 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
replete with twin rabies-crazed guard devil dogs
Taketomi Island, Okinawa, Japan
Last spring we made a short trip to Ishigaki Island in the far south of Japan, just this side of Taiwan. I posted about the trip there and the amazing first sunset and first dinner, some zero light night photography. And more. And that was just from the first day of the trip.
The second day generated nine posts, including some beautiful vistas, a secluded beach, some dynamic weather at a lighthouse, a sunset dip in the pool, a lively “flame & rain” dinner, and a retrospective through Anthony's eyes.
Anyway.... it's been ages since I posted from that trip, so now that you're caught up, I plan to continue, starting today with this recap and the picture above.
Taketomi Island is a small island a few miles off Ishigaki Island, part of the long string of islands known collectively as Okinawa, but 400km south-west of the Okinawan mainland. Taketomi and Ishigaki are culturally quite distinct from “Okinawa” (the Okinawan mainland), but their traditional roofs are similar. They feature heavily-cemented tiles — better to stay put during a typhoon — and are usually adorned with a pair of statues of some kind of guardian lion or dog or whatnot. (The guardian animal doesn't change... I'm just not sure what it is.)
On Okinawa the guardians were imposing, commanding, somewhat fierce and sinister, and, like many things on Okinawa proper, with a strong Chinese cultural influence. Here in Taketomi, though, the guardians tended to be comical, with big bulging eyes.
At least I think they're supposed to be comical. I certainly found them so. I enjoyed them much more than their Okinawan counterparts. Look at the full-size pic above for the full zaniness.