Monday, August 15, 2011
Photo Essay: A Ryukyu Mike Sunday. Can You Hang ?
Here, in Okinawa it's called Eisa Dance and it can be seen anytime of year, not just during Obon season.
We also have this custom in Okinawa where Saturday night doesn't end until you go to sleep. So, this photo was taken Saturday night, as far as I'm concerned. There were a few of us drinking beer and running out in the street everytime we heard the drums of the Eisa Dancers nearby.
Lucky for me, a guy I'll start calling RyukyuRu volunteered to be my driver for Sunday. That way I got to consume all the beers I wanted and wouldn't have to worry about driving under the influence, which happens to be A SERIOUS CRIME IN JAPAN. I was home sometime early in the morning. I remember, it was daylight after I walked the dogs. So, I turned off the porch light and ZZZzzzzzzz....
Around noon RyukyuRusty and RyukyuRu were here and we goofed off for awhile before heading out to try and pinpoint the exact location of this waterfall. This shot was taken at 2:41PM from a bridge along an expressway where people drive like they own race cars.
Obon stuff with RyukyuRusty's fiance so he left. I was convinced, if we took some of the backroads and looked around for access roads and trails, we'd find a way to get closer to that waterfall.
We discovered a trail, alright. It lead us through the woods, buzzing with mosquitos, up to this place where someone was raising honey bees. So, I shot this photo at 3:33PM and we got the heck out of there.
MAPITOKINAWA and it's attracting quite a following, so he's always looking for off-the-beaten-path locations.
I had plenty of time to kill because the main event I needed to shoot wouldn't happen until 8 at night.
As long as he was driving I figured we'd hit some of the places in Yomitan that I'd already been.
The blog post I did on this Buddhist Statue was probably the most controversial one I've ever done. I guess it'd be a toss up between the Buddhist Statue of Shinran Shonin in NYC and some comments I made about a Gal who wants to be President of the USA shooting mooses.
This photo was taken at 4:45PM Sunday. I think I'll just be a cameraman and leave the politics and religion stuff to other people who think they're smarter than me. Hah !
I just love getting lost on Okinawa. It's an island so, sooner or later, some road will lead to the ocean !
I've never been here at sunset so, I was having a blast looking at the way the light fell on the castle walls from different angles. It's 6:26PM in this photo.
Oh, almost forgot, it's 6:31 in this photo.
Here's where you'd go if you wanted rocks dropped on your head during an attack on the castle. 7:14PM.
It's not like this every Sunday, only when it doesn't rain. I could use a few more backup drivers for Ryukyu Mike Sunday's if anyone is interested. The pay is just job satisfaction. Can you hang ?
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