An alternative look at life in the Land of the Rising Sun, coming from its southernmost prefecture, the island of Okinawa.
Posted By Dave on July 8th, 2014


Those who have known me a while will know that I just about kept my body shape in control (mainly in Okinawa through sweating generally due to the heat and humidity) or because of walking so much with my car dying.  It definitely wasn’t due to exercise though!  But after a couple of months of being back in England […]


Archive for September, 2011

Very Cool Bald Guy Dancing Video

Posted By Dave on September 30th, 2011

If you’re thinking, “This doesn’t sound like one of his usual monologues” then you’re right.  I don’t usually like just posting up random videos but I saw this and thought it was very well done, and is probably in the process of going viral.  So I wanted to share it with those of you who are kind/crazy enough to visit the site.  Good music, professionally made, and as the website Punchbaby said, “Who doesn’t want to see a bald guy cut shapes across a city like he doesn’t give a goddamn”?  My sentiments exactly!

Enjoy this video by Madeon featuring Nathan Barnatt dancing.

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Okinawa Motor Carnival 2011

Posted By Dave on September 25th, 2011


Today and tomorrow Yomitan Village in Okinawa is hosting the annual Okinawa Motor Carnival.  It’s an event where cars of all types can enter to display their hard work and where a lot of their money has gone!  Drag racers, drifting, imports & classics are all represented here, and all the entry fees and proceeds are going to the earthquake relief fund.

I headed over to the event today and managed to snap a few pictures.  I was quite impressed with the event on the whole; there were a few cars I’ve not seen before, and in particular some open-wheeled cars which I love getting up close and personal to.

I’ve put all the presentable photos up in my gallery here.  You can take a look at some of my personal favourites below.  Hope you like them!

See all the pictures in my gallery by clicking here


Heading Up To Mainland

Posted By Dave on September 13th, 2011

It’s been quite a while since I went up to mainland Japan on a toursity trip, but I’m going to be making the couple of hour flight up there next month as I head to Kyushu for the first time.  Decided to get away from the car which seems to be stumbling from issue to issue at the moment (the latest is an cause-unknown crack from the top of the windscreen), and this will be just what I need.

Technically I have been in Kyushu before but it was only for a couple of hours before I got a flight back to Okianwa.  This time though it’s going to be a long weekend there, taking in the sights of Northern Kyushu, including Kumamoto, Beppu and Fukuoka.  On a personal level I’m looking forward go going to Beppu.  It’s one of the onsen (hot springs) highlights of Japan and I love going to them.  One of my best memories in Japan was about 6 years ago when I was in Hokkaido.  The temperature was about -5 with the snow falling and I was sat outside in a hot spa at night.  Really relaxing stuff.  Hoping for similar relaxation this time too.

A bonus will be a festival of some sorts taking place that weekend.  No doubt because it is a Japanese public holiday on the Monday it’s going to be absolutely packed up there, but I’ll try and fight my way through the crowds and take some good pictures.

Should hopefully be catching up with a couple of friends too, and travelling is always better with someone.  A big group is difficult, as you usually have to compromise a lot to please everyone, but travelling on your own means you can’t share the things you see and do with anyone.

And that’s about it for now.  When I get back I’ll be posting up some photos and reports on the things to see and places to go in Northern Kyushu

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