Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Photography Tip: Honeymoon: Shoot First, Ask Questions Later (Photo) - Mike's Ryukyu Gallery

No Peeping Tom here, if that's what you were thinking. I'm just a wildlife photographer trying to earn a living. It was a nice sunny day and the Ospreys were catching fish. I got a few great shots of them flying above the pines on a hill with humongous fish in their talons with my little Pentax 18-250mm lens stretched out as far as it would reach. That's when I decided to use the Sigma 50-500mm lens and a tripod. And never saw a bird with a fish again, the rest of the day. But, along came these honeymooners and their guide, paddling sea kayaks. Shoot first, ask questions later. That's what I do.
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No breakthrough on base transfer expected after Okinawa election › Japan Today

With incumbent Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima winning Sunday’s Okinawa gubernatorial poll, the government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan will see no prospect for a major breakthrough for the time being in implementing a Japan-U.S. accord to move a key U.S. military base within the prefecture.
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Japan PM tested as Okinawa says 'no' to US base

The re-elected governor of Okinawa stood firm Monday on his demand for the removal of a US military base, hitting the Japanese government's hopes of a breakthrough on an issue that has strained ties with Washington.
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Nakaima victory helps Kan, U.S. | The Japan Times Online

The re-election of Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on Sunday is a much-needed victory for Prime Minister Naoto Kan's government, which clearly wanted him to win, and the United States, who saw his opponent as a threat to the entire U.S. military presence in the prefecture.
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Mike's Ryukyu Gallery: Photo: Cops and Donuts (Humor)

Before all my friends in uniform start sending hate mail, this is just a joke, OK? I'm just funnin' with you so, lighten-up. I learned a long time ago, there's nothing wrong with a good laugh, especially when you can laugh at yourself once in awhile.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Why Are We Still in Korea? - Pat Buchanan

... or Japan or Okinawa or Europe... Thought Provoking Piece!!!

This writer was 11 years old when the shocking news came on June 25, 1950, that North Korean armies had crossed the DMZ.

Within days, Seoul had fallen. Routed U.S. and Republic of Korea troops were retreating toward an enclave in the southeast corner of the peninsula that came to be known as the Pusan perimeter.

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Okinawa gubernatorial election could set back U.S.-Japan relations - Okinawa - Stripes

The U.S.-Japan alliance is likely to take a hit Sunday when Okinawa elects its next governor, no matter which candidate comes out on top.

The election is significant because the Okinawa governor has the power to block construction of the 1.1-mile runway planned for reclaimed land in Oura Bay, under Japan’s Public Water Body Reclamation Law.
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asahi.com(朝日新聞社):POINT OF VIEW/ Yoshihiko Higa: Tentatively shift Futenma functions to Henoko - English

Concrete and effective solutions to problems can only be arrived at by returning to their starting points. The issue of relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, started with the urgent need to "eliminate the danger" posed by the air base located in a densely populated city area.
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Okinawa gubernatorial election sure to show opposition to U.S. base › Japan Today

An election Sunday for the governor of Okinawa is located is likely to cause more problems for Japan’s relations with key ally, the United States, as both leading candidates want the Futenma air base off the island. The base has been located on Okinawa island since 1945, and residents have long complained it produces aircraft noise and crime.
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CNN got leaked video first, chucked it | The Japan Times Online

The Japan Coast Guard navigator who admitted posting online a video of collisions between a Chinese trawler and two Japan Coast Guard cutters near Japan's Senkaku Islands had earlier mailed the footage to CNN's Tokyo bureau, investigative sources said Thursday.

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Comment: I guess we now know why CNN's ratings are in the toilet!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Did you know... Sudare and Nankin Tamasudare

Street performances are a regular sight in Japan ever since the Edo period. Performances of taiko, shamisen, circus or illusionist spectacles are still a common place, but some traditional types of street performance are almost forgotten - one of them is the art of Nankin Tamasudare.
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Goya Republic: Every Dog Has His Day: Unfortunately some get carried away!

What is it about dogs that make them so loveable? The late comedian George Carlin attributed this to the fact that dogs have something cats don’t, eyebrows! Carlin’s thesis was that by having eyebrows, dogs could express so much more feeling or as he put it, “personality.” With apologies to cat lovers, what Mr. Carlin said about cats in that particular comedy routine cannot be repeated in mixed company.
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Every Dog Has His Day: Unfortunately some get carried away!

What is it about dogs that make them so loveable? The late comedian George Carlin attributed this to the fact that dogs have something cats don’t, eyebrows! Carlin’s thesis was that by having eyebrows, dogs could express so much more feeling or as he put it, “personality.” With apologies to cat lovers, what Mr. Carlin said about cats in that particular comedy routine cannot be repeated in mixed company.

Japan is known for being a nation of dog lovers as well as having several unique dog breeds. Most draw their names from the regions from which they originated. Many are familiar names like the Akita inu “inu meaning dog” from Akita Ken (Prefecture). The Tosa inu comes from the old “Tosa Province” in present day Kochi Ken. The one exception to the rule is the Shiba inu whose name is believed to have derived from its smaller size. Even tiny Okinawa has its own distinct breed, the Ryukyu inu.
The Ryukyu Inu could be called the breed that almost wasn’t. In fact, the last century wasn’t particularly kind to any of the Japanese breeds. At least twice they faced the possibility of mass extinction. The first crisis was a result of the post war food crisis which was followed shortly thereafter by a distemper epidemic that affected all of the Japanese breeds. The period was extremely tough on the Ryukyu inu which was thought to have succumbed to the former as a result of the food shortages following the battle.

Like the rare Yonbaru Kuina “Okinawa Rail” the Ryukyu inu was thought to have been just another victim of hard times. It wasn’t until the early 1980’s when a small pack of feral dogs was discovered roaming the rainforests of the far northern Yonbaru region that their fortunes changed for the better. These dogs were eventually captured, tested and found to be genetically distinct and then finally designated a breed of their own. A “Ryukyu Inu Preservation Society” was formed and the line was preserved and then stabilized to the point where the numbers are growing again.

Though not very large, Ryukyu inu have a ferocious look to them. Their brindled tiger like stripes give them their other name, the Ryukyu “Tora” or tiger. They are said to resemble the wild dogs of Africa. However, most owners we ran across and talked with said they are obedient, playful and gentle dogs as well as very good with children. They also have one other very interesting and unique trait, a sixth clawed toe. This distinct feature allows Ryukyu inu to do something that the vast majority of dogs simply cannot, climb trees.
Presently, the Ryukyu inu is not the only dog on Okinawa whose numbers are on the rise. In fact, at present there is a bit of a population explosion of sorts for dogs and cats. In part this is due to the number of pets allowed to stray or abandoned by their owners. The problem has almost reached epidemic proportions. Recent reports of strays have officials concerned. There have been reports of packs of feral dogs attacking and killing livestock as well as reports of pets being attacked.

As a result of the abandonment problem, animal shelters have become a dumping ground for unwanted pets instead of the sanctuaries they were originally intended to be. Due to space and budgetary limitations, stray pets captured off base are afforded protection for only five days before they are euthanized. But by being aware of the problem and working together, we can help prevent stray pets from succumbing to what almost happened to the Ryukyu inu.

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Surviving the currency competition | The Japan Times Online

The yen's exchange value is considered likely to top the rate of ¥79.75 to the dollar registered in 1995 for an all-time high sooner or later. At a meeting that ended Oct. 23, Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors managed to contain the confrontation between the advanced economies led by the United States and the major emerging economies including China, and agreed for now to avert a global competition of currency devaluation.
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Stores roll out deluxe lucky bags | The Japan Times Online

It's already the season to start thinking about which store to go to for New Year's "fukubukuro" lucky bags.
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SDF dispatch may up Senkaku ante | The Japan Times Online

Japan may further damage already frayed relations with China if it moves the Self-Defense Forces closer to a group of islets claimed by both nations, says Jeff Kingston, director of Asian Studies at Temple University's Tokyo campus.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

asahi.com(朝日新聞社) Once again, the mainland forgets Okinawa - English

I received a letter from an old acquaintance in Okinawa Prefecture. It reads: "I'm long past being shocked or angry. But the forgetfulness of Yamato (the Japanese mainland) has come back once again."

The letter refers to the plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture.
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Okinawa gubernatorial election candidates face off amid heightened security tensions - The Mainichi Daily News

Candidates are gearing up for a showdown in this weekend's Okinawa gubernatorial election as their campaigns entered their final phase amid heightening security tensions surrounding Japan.
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Local leaders snub U.S. bases, drills | The Japan Times Online

Local government leaders are widely against hosting U.S. military bases or training exercises currently concentrated in Okinawa, a recent poll by Kyodo News and associated local newspapers showed Tuesday, with 78 percent saying they would not consider it, even if requested.
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Mike's Ryukyu Gallery: Horse Meat: Ever Been So Hungry You Could Eat A Horse ?

Yeah, I remember hearing "He eats like a horse", "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse" and "He has the stomach of a horse", meaning "He can eat almost anything."

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Report: Japan plans to send troops to islands

Japan plans to send troops to its southernmost islands to better monitor Chinese activity near islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing, a top business daily reported Sunday.

Tokyo will send 100 members of the Ground Self-Defense Force, Japan's equivalent of the army, to Yonaguni in Okinawa prefecture as early as 2014, The Nikkei reported.
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Mike's Ryukyu Gallery: Photography Tip: Reaction Time

People often wonder how an old geezer, like me can capture birds in flight, fish jumping out of water or a singer’s eye on a poorly lit stage. All the camera skills in the world won’t do you any good without this special ingredient. It’s called Reaction Time.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Mike's Ryukyu Gallery: Photography Tip: Learn How to Buy a Digital Camera: A Top Five List

Buying a Digital Camera can be confusing these days. With hundreds of makes and models and pixel counts that number from two, to more than I can count on my fingers and toes. When people ask me for advice on which brand or model to buy the first thing I want to know is what kind of shooting they want to do. Today, I decided to put together this Top Five List of resources to help my friends shopping for a camera, or maybe, those making lists to mail Santa Claus. Here you go "Learn How to Buy a Digital Camera".
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Troops on Nansei isles may double to 4,000 | The Japan Times Online

The Defense Ministry is looking at doubling the number of troops in Okinawa and the other Nansei Islands to 4,000 when it updates its basic defense program at the end of the year, defense sources said Sunday.

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Japan governor race may strain U.S. alliance - Washington Post

NAHA, JAPAN - Disrupted last year and restored this summer, the cohesion in the U.S.-Japan alliance is now partly dependent on two local politicians who appear certain to cause headaches for Washington and Tokyo.
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Japan eyes doubling ground troops on islands close to China, Taiwan - Japan Today

The Defense Ministry is considering doubling the number of ground troops deployed in Okinawa and other Nansei islands in southwestern Japan close to China and Taiwan to 4,000 by 2014 under its basic defense program to be updated at the end of this year, defense sources said Sunday.

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Girls with Weapons in Their Hair: The Okinawan Jifa - Mike's Ryukyu Gallery

Weapons were banned in Okinawa by the Japanese after what was known as the Satsuma Invasion in 1609. The Ryukyu Islanders developed unique ways of defending themselves against Samuri warriors armed with spears or swords. Farm implements, common tools and even jewelry became martial arts weapons.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Governor’s status appears slipping as election approaches - JapanUpdate.com

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s flip-flop on supporting, then not supporting, the government proposals on relocating Futenma Marine Corps Air Station to northern Okinawa may be causing him a loss of public support.
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Everywhere: Articles: Tebichi or not Tebichi?

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. This is especially true when it comes to trying the local cuisine. Here on Okinawa one of the things I think is a must try is Tebichi or pigs feet. You see, in Okinawa, people eat a lot more pork than they do in the rest of Japan. Some people even claim that its one of the secrets to Okinawan longevity.
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A Japan Photo per Day - Popular Food, Yakisoba - Muza-chan's Gate to Japan

Another very popular meal at festivals is Yakisoba, fried noodles with pork, vegetables and sauce.

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The effects of a frugal Japanese society › Japan Today

One doesn’t have to look far to find evidence of this renewed sense of frugality. Recent polls indicate that members of the Heisei generation (post-1989) oppose the consumerist attitude of continuous acquisition. Others no longer express an interest in owning a car, buying alcohol or pursuing luxury. Families have cut down on groceries and utilities, and the number of Japanese venturing abroad for work or play has reached record lows. A stark contrast to its spendthrift days in the 1980s, consumer attitudes in Japan have taken the definition of “economical” to a whole new level.
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Chinese ships reappear near Senkaku - NHK WORLD English (Video)

Two Chinese surveillance ships were seen in waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Saturday morning.

The Japan Coast Guard says that at around 8:30 AM, one of its aircraft spotted 2 Chinese ships about 35 kilometers west-northwest of the Senkaku Islands, just outside Japan's territorial waters.
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

U.S. navy ship's port call to southern Japan island sends a warning to China - The Mainichi Daily News

On Sept. 21, a U.S. navy minesweeper based at a U.S. military base in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, moored at Pier 1 at Hirara port on the island of Miyakojima in Okinawa.

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asahi.com(朝日新聞社):EDITORIAL: Defense policy revisions - English

The work to revise the National Defense Program Outline, which sets basic guidelines for Japan's national security policy, is shifting into high gear and is scheduled for completion by the year-end.
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Grits and Sushi | my musings on okinawa, race, family, militarization, blackness, & the south

The Okinawa I imagined in my head as a child was full of homes with  sweet, well behaved children who followed their mother’s every orders.  I know because my mother told me every time we misbehaved.  Or played us that song Tinsagu Nu Hana. (What does that song mean mama?  It means obey your mama! Like all Okinawan kids do)
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Portraits of an Island People: An Old Buddhist Proverb

An old Buddhist proverb goes "The nail that sticks up will be hammered down." Japan is a nation of conformists. The average Japanese person doesn't aspire to greatness but rather to just fit in and be one of the number. They tend to be on the shy side and because of national honor, do their best in everything.
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Goya Republic: This Olde House

There is just something so warm and inviting about traditional Japanese tatami flooring. Home furnishings are kept to a minimum which allows for maximum space even in the smallest of homes.

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No change in funding planned in host-nation support for U.S. bases | The Japan Times Online

Tokyo's expenditures on U.S. forces in Japan in fiscal 2011 and beyond will remain at the current level in line with a basic accord reached by Prime Minister Naoto Kan and U.S. President Barack Obama, sources said Thursday.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Mike's Ryukyu Gallery: Photography Tip: Going Wide-Angle

Landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and sunsets lend themselves to the use of wide-angle lenses. As a wildlife photographer, usually I’m zooming in to reach out and touch something far away. But, there are times you want to be able to do both zoom and shoot wide angle and you want to be able to do it without stuffing a camera bag full of different size lenses. It can be done.

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Industry group suggests a delay in recruitment of Japanese college grads « GaijinPot In Japan Blogs

You might have come across this news previously in the Japanese press, but an industry association of Japanese trading firms has this week urged the business community to delay recruiting activities targeting university students due to graduate next spring.
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Okinawaology Blog: Grits & Sushi Blog Project

The Okinawa I imagined was scarred. I imagined my mother as a child walking through a war torn place, over the dead bodies she saw during the bloody battle of Okinawa in WWII. I recreated the nightmares she might have had. (I never forget, those dead bodies. I never forget the sound of the planes flying above us, screaming, the Japanese soldiers pointing their guns at us, the doo doo smell in the caves where we hid from the Americans…)
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U.S. bases in Japan are under threat of Chinese missiles: report › Japan Today

China has ‘‘significantly modernized’’ its air and missile capabilities, with its conventional missiles now able to hit U.S. bases in Japan, a U.S. congressional report said Wednesday.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

A nation that demands quality food: Japan

Japan is a country of beauty, simplicity and perfection. From the snow-capped Mount Fujiyama to the vibrant emerald green rice and tea plantations of Fukuoka, Japan is rich with colour. Last month, I had the chance to explore Japan’s vibrant culinary and cultural heritage.
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Okinawan garden majesty | The Japan Times Online

The world's first gardens may well have been made of coral, natural clusters of underwater beauty that could be glimpsed through the transparent water. Perfectly tone-coordinated, balanced and formed, they were refined by nature to a degree that may have suggested the divine.

Those living in the coral islands of Okinawa have been well placed to observe these marine gardens, learn from them and requisition their treasures.
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NHK WORLD English - US Marine, GSDF staff hold defense talks

The US Marine Corps and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force have begun 3 days of staff talks on defense cooperation.

The talks started at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday ahead of a joint Japan-US drill scheduled for early next month aimed at defending Japanese islands.
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Festivals from around the world | Topics of the world

This month, we asked our contributors from around the world about festivals in their countries. Read on for festivals from Okinawa, Nigeria, Spain, England, USA and Argentina.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Video leak 'the right thing' | The Japan Times Online

The Japan Coast Guard navigator who used the Internet to leak video footage of the September collisions involving a Chinese trawler and Japanese cutters near the Senkaku Islands said Tuesday he wanted to show the public what was happening in the nation's far-flung waters.
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Gov't could come under fire over decision not to arrest JCG officer for leaking footage - The Mainichi Daily News

Law enforcers' decision not to arrest a Japan Coast Guard (JCG) officer for leaking video footage of a boat collision off the disputed Senkaku Islands onto the Internet could force the government to reconsider its desire to introduce legislation aimed at stiffening penalties for leaking secret information.
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China's new chopper-equipped patrol ship heads toward Senkakus › Japan Today

China’s first fishery patrol vessel equipped with helicopters set off on its maiden voyage from the southern city of Guangzhou on Tuesday to patrol waters in the East China Sea, Chinese state media reported. The Chinese news agency, China News Service, said the vessel was headed toward the disputed Senkaku Islands, which are administered by Japan and also claimed by China.

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Tai Chi: A Martial Art for Both the Young and Old « GaijinPot In Japan Blogs

With my father nearing his mid-70′s and my mother (as much she refuses to admit it) following not too far behind him, one would think that my life in martial arts would have little to do with them, but on the contrary, one of the best ways I’ve found to spend time and bond with them was Tai Chi.
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Taking a Bath in Japan | Topics of the world

The first time I visited a new friend’s house when I lived in Japan I was asked at the end of the evening if I wanted to take a bath. What?! Do they think I need it? How strange. I politely declined but kept thinking about why they had asked.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NHK WORLD English - Voluntary questioning continues over leaked video

Investigators in Tokyo have decided not to arrest a coast guard officer who leaked a diplomatically sensitive video of the collisions between a Chinese trawler and Japanese patrol boats in the East China Sea.
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Japan may form new unit to watch Chinese navy › Japan Today

Japan’s military may form a new unit to monitor Chinese naval operations, a move to counter what many Japanese strategists see as an increasingly aggressive stance by Beijing in the East China Sea.

The unit would consist of about 200 troops based on remote Yonaguni Island, which is on Japan’s western fringe near Taiwan, and would primarily be tasked with radar monitoring of Chinese naval operations in the area, according to a report in the Yomiuri newspaper.
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Mike's Ryukyu Gallery: Wildlife Photo: Spot-billed Ducks in Flight: Landing Gear Down

Now that I know they're back on island, I'll take the 500mm lens with me when I go out at nab some better shots of these birds. They are Spot-billed Ducks (Anas poecilorhyncha) and migrate to Okinawa from Northern Japan, Siberia or China to escape the cold weather.
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Testing An Alliance - Investors.com

A seemingly minor collision off an obscure Pacific island chain may mean nothing. Then again, it may be about China seeing just how serious we are about our treaty commitments to Japan.

It would be easy to dismiss the recent collision of a Chinese fishing boat with two Japanese Coast Guard vessels as a minor altercation between two former adversaries with a contentious and often bloody history. Easy, that is, if it weren't a continuation of incidents testing Western reaction and will.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Mike's Ryukyu Gallery: Guinness World Record Taco Rice: Photo Essay

Making World Record Taco Rice is a community effort. You could do what I'm showing in photos on a much smaller scale. Cover your coffee table with plastic wrap and have some friends pitch-in for a Super Bowl Party, maybe. You won't break any Guinness Records but, you won't go hungry either!
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TODAYonline | World | Why China and Japan are oceans apart

Why on earth is ownership of these tiny rocks so explosive an issue? Certainly, there are important strategic matters at stake. Nearby waters in the East China Sea are teeming with fish and potentially rich in oil and gas. They are also near important shipping lanes. But really to get at the heart of the dispute, as so often in Asia, one needs to peel back layers of history.

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Kan holds talks on disputes with Hu, Medvedev | The Japan Times Online

Prime Minister Naoto Kan finally managed to hold bilateral meetings Saturday with his Chinese and Russian counterparts in Yokohama, giving him a chance to sort out diplomatic tensions that have emerged over separate territorial rows.
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Mike's Ryukyu Gallery: Guinness World Record: Kin Okinawa: Taco Rice

It's official. This is what the Guinness World Record Certificate looks like (Click the post title).  Today I witnessed the whole event from start to finish.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

88% say gov't should disclose Senkaku collision video: poll › Japan Today

Over 88% of people surveyed in a Kyodo News poll released Saturday responded that the government should release the video of the September collisions between a Chinese trawler and Japan Coast Guard patrol boats near the disputed Senkaku Islands.
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US presence in Asia vital: Japan

The two countries have committed to retaining the base in Okinawa but intense local opposition remains and there are fears that November 28 elections for a new governor could stymie plans to relocate the base within the island.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Portraits of an Island People: Wild Life Photos???

As you can see from the heading, I like to include things like Okinawan culture, dance, festivals, tourism information and the like on this blog. In particular, I like to post photos and let them do most of the talking.

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Wild Life Photos???

As you can see from the heading, I like to include things like Okinawan culture, dance, festivals, tourism information and the like on this blog. In particular, I like to post photos and let them do most of the talking. My partner in crime on most of my photography excursions is an old friend I've known for years.

Most bloggers on Okinawa know him as Ryukyu Mike and he caught the photography bug shortly after I began writing for a local English language rag. I enjoyed that stint for a few years until they hired a new editor who started cutting up my stories and limiting the photos due to what he said was "in the name of content." When I and most of my fellow freelancers went from earning a couple of grand a month to only a few dollars, we realized what he really meant by content.

But my good friend and I still enjoyed getting out with our cameras a couple of times a month just to see what we could shoot and post it on line for all to see. If you've been following this blog, you know that we've covered lots and lots of festivals. But Mike's first love with photography is still shooting wild life. As he likes to put it, "you don't need a model release from a bird to post it online or sell it to a magazine."

Over the years he's studied the art far more studiously than I and has garnered a good deal of respect. He's even had quite a few of his photos published both online and in print, had galleries exhibit his work and even though it's nothing to write home about, he's even made a little money at it.

so it was really nice for both of us to be able to get a day off during the week and go shooting wildlife again. We started not far from his home in the early morning light just to see if there were any birds feeding along the shore. The area near his house has a beach where it is not uncommon to see egrets feeding or Osprey's soaring overhead.

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It wasn't long before this fellow landed on the beach nearby and did what he does best, catch fish. fortunately we were on the retaining wall for the boat harbor and had the sun to our backs. Mike had his 500mm Sigma lens already attached and took quite a few photos of this fella in action. Unfortunately all I had was my 18-200mm Tamron lens mounted on my Pentax K200D so this picture had to be cropped down quite a bit to bring it in to view. Still, that's the beauty of digital photography. With a few mouse clicks you can take a picture that you couldn't hardly see a bird in, crop, frame, adjust the exposure and blow it up to a decent image.

Mike's already posted some of his stuff from this shoot in his gallery at his website as well as online with his blogs. But I was really shocked today when I went to visit his blog. It seems as though Mike has taken the concept of shooting wildlife and gone in a totally new direction. All I can say is that you'll have to see it to believe it! It's available right (HERE).

Byron Fija Encounters Culture Shock “My heart swelled……. I felt depressed.” | Ukwanshin Kabudan 御冠船歌舞団

Byron Fija, Okinawan language practitioner and activist, ended his vist to Hawai`i with a seminar at the UH Hilo Hawaiian Language college, and one of the Hawaiian language immersion schools. This was an eye opening experience for him, an one that he said he cannot forget, and will forever be embedded in his mind.
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