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Island Farming March 16, 2010

Posted by Elisa Hough in History, Photos.
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Okinawa and Tonaki are covered with these fukugi trees, by no accident. Their foliage is so dense that Okinawans have been planting them around their homes for centuries as protection from subtropical typhoons. Their bark is also used to make yellow dye for traditional bingata cloth.

As part of our free stay on Tonaki Island, our tour group helped clear out a plot of land to plant more fukugis. Jojo found his calling as the master weed-puller.

These little saplings will grow up to protect the adjacent farmland (if we weeded well enough), so the villagers threw a party for us that night as thanks.

I feel like we got a good sense of traditional Okinawa life here, up to our elbows in sand and roots, baking in the sun, and loving it.

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1. okidu - March 16, 2010

Wish we had gone with you! Sugoi!


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