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Distinctly Okinawan, Masashi Miyagi is one of those striking characters you have to take a step back from to fully assess.

First there is the long, ashen hair, tied in a ponytail, with a wispy beard to complete the image of a forest recluse or Confucian elder. Then there is his attire: He never wears any form of top, except in the kitchen, where he dons a simple, utilitarian apron to protect himself from flames and spattering oil.

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