One of the mysteries surrounding the Old Ryukyu Kingdom is the disappearance of King Gihon, the third and last king of the Shunten Lineage.(1,4) The fallen leader relinquished his throne to King Eiso in the 13th Century due to a set of failures (famine, drought, etc.) that plagued his rule.(1,2,3) It is widely believed that after his abdication he fled north to a place that Okinawans call Asumui located near Cape Hedo of the present day Kunigami Village District. His tomb is believed to be in the town of Hedo(3), some 50 meters away from Highway 58.
Cherry blossom season is here and that means people from around the
island are flocking to popular festivals. However, it’s not always
necessary to make the trip to the crowded parks of Okinawa in order to
enjoy the sights. In fact there are sakura all around the island.
In today’s video I made my way to a small neighborhood park not far
from Kadena Air Base (along Route 85). The read near the park is lined
with beautiful sakura. Ryukyu white eyes were also enjoying the sakura
before a rain storm rolled in.
Common Name (English): Floss Silk Tree Common Name (Japanese): Tokkuri Kiwata, トックリキワタ木綿 Scientific Name: Ceiba speciosa Native Country: South America, Brazil How it got to Okinawa Islands: Uncertain by the author Location Spotted by the Author: Okinawa Main Island; Onna Village, Ginoza Village, Nago City, Kitanakagusuku Japanese Name Dissection. Tokkuri - sake bottle, Ki - tree, Wata or Kiwata - cotton Characteristics: Pink flowers, thorns on the trunk (not all), large green hanging fruit (image not available, believed not to be edible[no source]), the trunk is often shaped like that of a sake bottle. Flower Blooming Season. No reference can be cited on blooming
season. However, these flowers have been seen to bloom in the month of
November and December (Okinawan main island), however it does not seem
to happen annually for all trees.
Author's Note. The flowers for these trees in 2012 were very
scarce, and the few trees that did bloom only had a few flowers to show
forth. In 2013 some trees bloomed tremendously well, while others still
had shown little flowers. I have no recollection in 2011 of these
flowers blooming. Typically, these trees are seen along highways in vast
numbers and in an orderly manner – which would imply that they were
purchased by the government and planted there intentionally. The author
is not certain exactly how they come to arrive to Okinawa.
KFC Colonel Crispy Chicken flavoured Potato Chips are a collaboration between Japanese snack maker Calbee and KFC. Calbee has long been our favourite Japanese snack maker, famous for their jyagariko potato sticks and light crispy potato chips. These potato chips are flavoured to taste like a piece of the Japanese original Colonel Crispy Chicken that is sold at KFC stores in Japan. It is basically a crispy boneless chicken strip with a hint of garlic and soy sauce.
They went on sale at convenience stores across Japan on January 6 and other stores from January 13, and will be available for a limited time. The potato chips sell for 148 yen (USD$1.48).
a world of apps, gadgets, gizmos, and software, the old, faithful,
paper Japanese textbook doesn’t always get the love it deserves. Maybe
you’ve even come across people who have nothing good to say about
“You can’t learn real Japanese from a book!”
“Japanese people don’t actually speak like that.” “You’re learning
"Oh you’re using THAT textbook.”
“That textbook sucks eggs.”
While I honestly haven’t heard the term “suck eggs” since my Ren and
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