Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct
31

Study in philanthropy

sardines looking at knife

People here are treating us  very nicely. We have yet to buy vegetables. We get a near daily delivery of vegetables, weekly fresh fish and now and then some eggs, cake… Social life is demanding but really warm and rewarding. Never realized how nice people can be. Yesterday we were given 40 fresh sardines by …

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Oct
25

Potato Farming with Master Hidaka.

Anna and Hidaka Jiichan

This morning Anna and I spent time with our favourite neighbour. He turns up nearly every day with vegetables and potatoes. He has a permanent smile on his face and he has more energy than 5 15 year olds put together. The other day he arrived outside the house on his Honda Cub and jumped …

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Oct
16

たこつかみ

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近所の子供たちと「たこつかみ」に行ってきました。地元の名人によると「たこマンションを探さないとね。」ということで、みんな必死に探したのですが、、、これがなかなか難しい。たこさんは分かりやすい目印をおいておいてくれるらしい。運よくこれがもしかしてたこマンション?!と思うところが見つかれば、その穴に塩をぷっと吹き込むのです。するとたこが「くるしい~」とにょろにょろ出てくるという仕掛け。イブは早速こつをつかんで、何匹か捕まえてました。子供たちはそのたこさんをお水の中で泳がして「あ~墨がでたよ~!」と大騒ぎ。運がよければ君もたこが捕まえられるかも?!遊びにおいで~

Oct
15

O-odori, Singing in the rain.

Today we were supposed to take part in the much anticipated and rehearsed Misaki shrine dance which is held every year at Kadokura Cape situate at the very south end of Tanegashima. The site itself is magical with its sea view enhanced by the traditional dancing (called O-odori) and singing it feels even more magical. …

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