“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Well, when I wrote this we had just celebrated our one-year anniversary of relocating our domicile to Okinawa, and although it’s now over two months past due, I still thought it would be a good idea to do a “year in review” blog. So, here’s an eclectic summary of the King’s Flirtations with the Far East to date (as of this past August), along with a personally favorite blog selected for each month.
July 2013. Preparations for our overseas move.
See Sayonara Amerika to read and see our Asian-inspired going-away blowout
August 2013. Moved! Rented our Florida home and moved overseas with our cat!
See Jody Drives Naked about used-car shopping in Okinawa.
September 2013. Divine winds! Experienced something like 8 typhoons in two months.
See Surf Nazis Must Die to read about a scuba diver’s angst with the powers that be on Okinawa.
October 2013. Scuba Diving! Kevin becomes a PADI scuba-diving instructor!
See Are You Breaking Up with Me on Mount Fuji for perhaps my favorite breakup story of all time!
November 2013. Jody’s birthday! Celebrated by exploring the northern reaches of Okinawa.
See Shipwrecked on the Island of Misfit Toys about my first foray to Okinawa in 1999.
December 2013. Household goods! Our forgotten “stuff” finally arrives on-island.
See Oh Christmas-Half-a-Tree to read about Christmas in Okinawa.
January 2014. Kevin’s birthday! Celebrated by our first off-island trip to Kyoto, Japan.
See Okinawa Kijimuna for Okinawa’s version of “Red Power!”
February 2014. Contracted! Dive the Blues Scuba gets well underway.
See Surprising Swastikas about an unlikely and unfortunate connection between East and West.
March 2014. Earthquake! Friends breaking bad on Okinawa.
See Cat Cafes in Japan to read about the special bond between the Japanese and their feline friends.
April 2014. White Day and Zip-Lining on Okinawa.
See Timeless Townhouse for our rustically historical stay in Kyoto, Japan.
May 2014. Iriomote! Off-island weekend getaway to this remote nature preserve.
See Tainted by Tats to read about the stigma of body art in this corner of the Far East.
June 2014. My daughter gets married! A whirlwind trip home to the states and detour because of an unexpected hospital stay.
See Placenta: Prescription or Placebo to read about some strange herbal remedies popular in Japan.
July 2014. Ishigaki! Off-island weekend getaway to dive with manta rays.
See The Cat-Dogs of Okinawa to read about the special guardians of the Ryukyu Islands.
August 2014. Okinawan World and Hospital Caves.
See Okinawan Hillsides & Hornets to read about my past explorations in the Okinawan jungles searching for traces of WWII.