A happy new year from Janne and Ritsuko!
2017, The Year of the Rooster
Fishing berth in central Naha.
Okinawa city park.
A banyan tree ("gajumaru") at Sogenji in Naha.
A closer look at the huge tree.
Fall fashion says "knitted caps" so you wear a knitted cap, even if it's hot enough for t-shirts and sunglasses. Of course, biker fashion says "black leather" even in high summer, so it's not as if young men are immune either.
Crossing a canal in Naha.
A temporary izakaya in a parking lot near the Ryubo department store. Plenty warm enough to sit outside at night.
Rows upon rows of tents, all selling or offering
something, a lot of it edible or drinkable.
An underwater Crown-of-thorns hunter robot by students at a technical college. The starfish eat coral, and can devastate an area. This one has a vision system to recognize the specific starfish, and syringes at the front that inject vinegar which kills them.
An exoskeleton showcased by a couple of students at a technical high school. Mostly passively compliant with counter-springs, though the hands are servo-controlled. The kids in the audience loved the demo.
Okinawan-style grave. The price of a car — though you obviously get more years of use with the grave.
One of the tent areas, with the Budokan housing the main industrial exhibition in the background.
A fishing boat berth in the Naha harbour area.
The colourful fish on the reef really stand out when you catch them over the sandy bottom
A determined-looking trio against the sun-dappled surface.
A section of coral showcasing the variety in the area.
It was a fairly big boat with almost thirty people on board. These people are doing a trial dive, not just snorkelling.
Typhoon #18 at lunch.
Me, in my newest kariyushi shirt. I don't think I'll quit my day job for a modelling career just yet.
Former prime ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Mekere Morauta. Koizumi always rocked kariyushi shirts; current prime minister Abe, on the other hand, just looks sad and a little lost, like he misses his tie.
A lone salaryman nursing an Awamori in Naha. He likely came here straight from the office.
Office workers waiting for the bus.
Laying down fiber along the telephone poles, then in to the house.
A view from work as I was leaving for home.
Nice café just a stone's throw from the apartment. A bit expensive, but really good when you want to sit for an hour or two. There's power plugs, wifi and big tables for laptops and notebooks.
My half of the bedroom. The standing desk works great, and the high chair is comfortable when I want to sit down.
Naha city hall.
Naha monorail station in Omoromachi. There are several malls and other stores around in the area; great when you're moving in and need things for your new place.
Student on a bike passing by while they were installing the fiber for us.
Typhoon #10, from Saturday lunch up until Wednesday at 9:00.
Typhoons #9, #10 and #11.
Typhoon #10. Yellow dot is Naha, red dot is Osaka.
Boxes, boxes everywhere.
Naha has a small man-made beach in the harbour, right outside our hotel. It's not big, but plenty enough to cool off, have a swim and get refreshed. There's a fair amount of parents and kids in the daytime, and young people hang around playing beach volleyball at dusk. It's about 30 minutes on foot or fifteen minutes by bicycle from our new apartment.
The living room and kitchen. Spacious, if a little tricky to furnish. Probably dining table on the left, couch on the right. Perhaps a cupboard on the far left wall.
The bedroom and workroom. We can add a wall down the center to make two rooms if we want, but we'll probably just keep it like this, with sleeping area in one end, and desks and bookshelves in the other.
We have a garden! True, it's so small that I need a fish-eye lens to capture it, but it's still much better than what we have here in Osaka. Mostly shaded and cool. Coffee-chan will feel right at home.
Naha looks and feels very different from Osaka.
Toyota Aqua. Picture from Wikipedia.jp; we can obviously not take pictures of our own car yet. Ours is dark blue, and has a few other small differences as well. It should get me to work no problem.
Asahibashi monorail station, Naha.
OIST entrance tunnel.
We'll probably live in Naha and I will commute by car from there. Ritsuko doesn't drive so it's not really feasible for us to live close to OIST, and we'd need a car in any case.
Sunset near OIST.