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Okay, so yesterday's post about Japan's Cherry-Blossom Season Off to an Early Start was somewhat misleading. I normally write about things in Kyoto where I live, but Fumie and I took a short trip (just two nights) to Okinawa, a string of Japanese islands in the East China Sea, well beyond Amami (which we've visited twice, and I've blogged about many times), about half way between the Japanese mainland and Taiwan.

We returned yesterday, and I posted some cherry-blossoms that we discovered while exploring Okinawa. To be fair, though, I have to note that the locals told us they expected cherry blossoms toward the end of January, and were surprised when we mentioned that we'd already seen some, so “early start” is technically true :-).

Our trip was only two and a half days, but I came back with 1,000 photos, all of which I intend to eventually force upon you :-).

Here's one, of a small island 100 meters off the coast of Oujima, itself a tiny shopping-mall sized island just off the coast of the Okinawa mainland. It was darkly overcast, windy, and raining when I took this shot at dusk, facing a slight break in the clouds that made the east much brighter than the west.

All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

Thanks for very nice background – I’m using it now.

— comment by Greg on January 8th, 2009 at 4:59am JST (15 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I have enjoyed your photos, family and quotes the past few days. I was stationed in Japan in 1974 and 1975 with the U.S. Marines at Iwakuni air station. I was an air traffic controller there and fell in love with Japan. It took me over 30 years to return last year for the Tokyo marathon. Now I am interested in a trail run in Amami. I have been researching this and came across your website. Thank you for showing me just how beautiful Japan really is!

— comment by Gary Fruland on July 22nd, 2009 at 7:19am JST (15 years ago) comment permalink

Oh yes, I forgot to mention that I am from a small farming community 60 miles southwest of Chicago.

— comment by Gary Fruland on July 28th, 2009 at 8:43am JST (15 years ago) comment permalink
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