Okitsuru: An island in the middle of Yokohama

Travel Oct 17, 2010

Okitsuru: An island in the middle of Yokohama

by Jon Mitchell

At a 2009 concert, Seijin Noborikawa, the grand-daddy of Okinawan folk music, told the audience about where he felt most at home when he visited mainland Japan. He described a neighborhood where passersby chatted in uchinaaguchi language, where shops served pig-trotter noodles and island ...

Beneath the Battle of Okinawa

Life Jun 13, 2010

Beneath the Battle of Okinawa

by Jon Mitchell

In 1966, Dave Davenport was a mystery to his fellow U.S. Air Force clerks on Okinawa. Whereas they would dress up in their finest threads and make for the clubs of Koza in their free time, Davenport would don the oldest clothes he owned ...

National Jul 24, 2000

Once reduced to ashes, Okinawa's Shuri Castle regains its stature

Leaders of the Group of Eight major powers had a traditional Okinawan dinner Saturday night at Shuri Castle here in the prefectural capital, including boiled sliced pig's ear, goya bitter melon and locally brewed awamori liquor. Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori hosted the dinner for the ...