A personal diary-come-photo-blog of our adventures in the Far East while assigned to Okinawa, Japan, AND Camp LeJeune, North Carolina as part of the United States Navy.  Kevin, a retired Naval Flight Officer, lived in Okinawa while on Active Duty from 1999-2001 and again from 2004-2006.  This was Jody’s, the prettiest nurse in the Navy, first foray in the (Asian) Far East.  Now we find ourselves in new territory, once again in the Far East of the United States!  Please help us grow the site and let us know about any content you may desire!

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    • Wow, what a wonderful New Year surprise! Thank you so much for not just considering my neophyte site, but selecting my thoughts, rants, and stories for feature. I certainly appreciate it! Yes, I’m not savvy with the Avatar thing, and probably would like the photo you’ve selected even more.

      Many thanks!
      Happy New Year!
      Cheers & Blue Skies,
      aka “Far East Fling”

    • Siena is one of my favorite Italian cities, right after Florence (sorry). I live in Vicenza for 9 months in the 1990s and LOVED it! Changed my life. One day I’ll go back with my current bride, and Siena is right at the top of our list. Thanks for the Far East flyby; come back often and check for new content!!

  1. Hello Island Kings, I LOVED your post on the Himeyuri Museum AND the one about the Rising Sun/swastika/rebel flag. I came upon your lovely site while searching for an image for the cover of the paperback edition of my novel set on Okinawa “Above the East China Sea.” I’m sending along some of your great images to my publisher. I’d love to talk more with you about this. I think you have my email address as I just signed up to follow. Thanks for the fantastic thoughts and images! Sarah Bird

    • Hi Sarah thank you for your kind comments. I’m really happy you enjoyed the site! I am literally on my way to China right now and will have to get back to you soon. Not sure when, because of conductivity and Internet issues in China, but I will get back to you by the first week in December at the latest. Thanks again!

    • Hi Sarah! I’m at an airport and quickly searched online about your latest novel. Needless to say I can’t wait to read it! I am a history buff (minor in undergrad), and an retired military. I have seen conflict from both sides, and have been forever changed by and from it. I would most definitely like to help support anything Okinawa, especially if it highlights the folly and horrible suffering of war. You can find other essays on my site relating to WWII on Okinawa as it ties directly to what we are – and others – are doing in the world today….

      I also have a Flickr site you can search for Okinawan images. It is http://www.flickr.com/photos/divemasterking2000. I am currently a Getty and Flickr Curation contributor.

      I will take up our correspondence post-China. Now to order your book! I have stock in Amazon, you know (wink).

      Kevin King

    • I’ll take a peak at your blog. I have traveled some in upper Japan, but mainly to the main touristy spots like Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, and Nagasaki. We have plans to see and do more in our next two years flirting in the Far East. Maybe skiing this year in Sapporo! Cheers, Kevin @ FarEastFling.me

      • There is no snow or mountains in Florida (where I grew up), so my first time to go snow skiing ever was in Sapporo.
        You should see the famous “Sapporo Snow Festival” that is held in February. It’s really great!

      • Yes we are thinking of the Snow Festival, but generally we like to avoid massive crowds and high season! Skiing up there is most definitely on our list after reading about how much consistent powder that part of Japan receives each year. Perhaps 2016 for us; we have two more winters here to play with!

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