Blog Posts - Okinawa



The City of Naha Can be More Fun Than Disneyland to Me

Springtime Seems to Have Been PostponedClouds and rain were predicted, again today.Wednesday, is the only day of the week, Doc Graff and I go on our camera trips. So, we chose Naha, the capitol of Okinawa, to do some shooting.A pavilion was built, in...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Apr 9, 2014

Springtime Plowing in Kin Town Okinawa

Watch These Egrets  While the farmer is tilling the field, they look for worms and bugs, to eat.The tractor doesn't scare them, one bit.When the tractor stops and the farmer gets off, that's a different story.Do you suppose they think he's...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Apr 8, 2014

Plant Photo: Mugwort -- Wormwood -- Dream Sage

Fuuchi-baa in Okinawa  The herb, grows wild, in this part of the world.The Japanese call it Yomogi (ヨモギ) and its Latin name is Artemisia princeps.The wife found some, in the wild, one day and, had to take it home. It doesn't look...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Apr 7, 2014

Today I Found the Stuff Samurais Used to Drink (Photo)

Who Would Have Ever Thought It's Vinegar ?  The first place I heard about it was from a blogger in Portland, Oregon, USA. Andy Hayes, wrote: "The Japanese Secret to Long and Healthy Living." His article mentioned Genki Su. That wo...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Apr 6, 2014

Travel Photo: From a Cave on Kouri Island Okinawa

Today was the third day of the third month, by the lunar calendar.This is a photo taken with the Pentax K3 and a 50mm lens.Exposure:  f/3.2   1.3sec   ISO 400More about Sururu Gama (the cave) may be seen here.Visit website for today's...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Apr 3, 2014

The Spider Convinced Me to Buy Another Lens (Photos)

We Have a Positive ID on This One  But, it wasn't easy, as fast as that little sucker moves. The use of three different cameras and lenses, was what it took to nail the critter.The spider web, gives some clues.Knowing if a spider weaves its...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 30, 2014

Detail Photos of Sabani Boat Construction and Other Stuff

It's No Big Secret  The sabani boats and everything about them are a hot topic for me.The history, building, rowing and sailing of the traditional Okinawan boats is fascinating.Whenever I get a chance, I shoot some photos of them.If you loo...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 29, 2014

TripAdvisor Property Owners Choice Photos in Okinawa

10 More Travel Shots Selected  Here are the most recent photos from my travels that grabbed the honors.There's no money involved, in doing this but, there's a method to my madness.It's a secret.Okawa Spring in Kin TownRanked #1 of 3 attract...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 27, 2014

2014 Iris Report No. 3 From the Fields of Kojika in Ogimi Okinawa

The Weekend After Next Will Be Best  A pile of photos were taken today to give viewers an idea.My best estimate: Blossoms haven't reached the 20% mark, yet.    The iris fields are flooded with water to help them sprout.&...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 26, 2014

Iris Report Number 2 from Ogimi Okinawa

Wait A Few More Weeks  This blossom looks like it was applauding me for the effort.Up in the Kijoka district of Ogimi it was windy, cloudy and cold this morning.We spent a few minutes there and talked with a farmer about the plants.The only...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 21, 2014

Full Moon March 16, 2014 Over Kin Town Okinawa Japan

The moon did look fuller tonight than, last night.This photo was taken at 6:48PM Japan Standard Time.Camera:  Pentax K3Lens:  Sigma 50-500mm at 500mmExposure:  f/11  1/25   ISO 100Visit my website for today's Feature Pho...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 16, 2014

March 2014 The Night Before the Full Moon

Getting Photos of the Full Moon Can Be Tricky  This one isn't quite full but, when it peeked through the clouds, I shot it.It was 6:46PM and the image was made with the Pentax K3.Using a tripod and Sigma 50-500mm, I sat down on my front ste...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 14, 2014

A Quick Visit to a Karate Dojo (Photos)

A Karate Museum in Nishihara Okinawa Japan  Today's travels were lots more productive than could ever be imagined.Looking for a museum to do photography in on a rainy day, we found this one.It wasn't just a tourist attraction.  It's al...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 12, 2014

Top Five Attractions on Ie Jima: An Okinawa Island

Preparing for Another Visit It's getting to be that time of year, again and these 5 sites are in my plans. It doesn't matter how many trips, I've made on the ferry.Almost every year, we hit the flower festivals but, I like these spots, even more...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 11, 2014

Sailing Sabani Boat Along with Five More Editor's Picks

Energy EfficientThe Latest Editor's Picks by Better Photo  The sabani photo was placed at the top of the pile because it was made vertically.Some folks call that portrait style and, usually, I don't shoot that way.That's mostly because I'm...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 10, 2014

Protective Blue Zones On Planet Earth

There are niches among the population of the world that seem immune from the ravages of an aging body. Even though some have wrinkles to prove their 100 revolutions around the sun, their flexibility and mind/body vitality is astonishing! Research...
by Renovating Your Mind on Mar 10, 2014

The Sabani Sailboat Dog Asura

Made Into Boating Bow Wows  It took some doing, getting this gal from Okinawa, into a Boating Magazine.They have plenty of girls in bikini photos but, Asura doesn't wear those things.Pets on the Water was the category I entered her in. ...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 9, 2014

One of a Kind Shrine in Okinawa

Something Was Different Here Out of all the kinds of shrines and temples we visit, this was the first one like this.Two big shisa statues were guarding the stairway leading through the torii.This photo was taken as a reminder to do some research...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 8, 2014

2014 Iris Report from Ogimi Okinawa (Photos)

Surprise !  The Purple Flowers Are Blooming !  Today we headed up the the northern hills to check on the flowers.It's a little early, in the year, but, things are happening fast.Don't let that first photo fool you, even though it was m...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 5, 2014

The Azalea Festival That Turned into a Flower Carnival

 Azalea Matsuri ( ツツジ まつり) in Higashi Village Little did I know about how this event has grown, until yesterday.The 15 photos posted here are just a sample of what may be seen this month. After leaving the Iris fields we de...
by Mike's Ryukyu Gallery on Mar 5, 2014


Trending Topics

Close