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Study and Intern in Okinawa June 3, 2010

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Some people have inquired as to how we got such a sweet internship:

Jojo and I participated in a program called Study and Intern in Okinawa, Japan. As far as I can tell, it’s the only internship for English speakers in Okinawa.

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Chura Kagi April 25, 2010

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Our faces are on the interweb! The sensei at JSL, the Japanese as a Second Language program we stayed with in Urasoe, filmed these for their website.

Sigrunn is on there too, speaking English and Norweigan.

(Anyone notice Jojo and I each rocked Griznar shirts in the last two posts?)

Last Night March 27, 2010

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Tonight’s our last night in Urasoe, and our last night here at JSL.

Tomorrow begins the third leg of our trip: The Unknown. With no specifics in mind, we’ll be around Naha and Okinawa City and maybe a couple other little towns for all of April, trying to meet musicians and other people of interest.

Then in May we’ll hopefully go to Tokyo to hang out with Sigrunn, who may as well be our cousin now too. And on May 10, just as our visitors’ visas expire, we shall return home, triumphant and broke.

Uchi Sweet Uchi March 7, 2010

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Oh right, photos of our apartment.

The Japanese as a Second Language program owns the building — classrooms on the first floor, the rest student apartments. We don’t take classes, but our internship allows us to stay here.

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Exploring Urasoe March 2, 2010

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As part of our internship, we’re staying in a student apartment in the city of Urasoe, just north of Naha. It’s pretty dense by Okinawa standards, with a few major highways running through it, separated from the coast by a Marine base. Here’s the view from my room.

I finally went exploring yesterday in the rain, all alone with no map. I got lost, but along the way I found some rad playgrounds. Here’s a climbing wall and a zipline, taken from atop a rope pyramid.

I tried to follow some kids who I figured were heading home from our elementary school, which eventually led me to a different school. But in this ghetto park I passed was a Miyazaki-style climbing tree.

All the drains in the neighborhood run into this beautiful sewage water river. Look at this giant fish! There were dozens just chillin’ under a bridge. I was a bit distraught not knowing where the hell I was, but they calmed me down.

And then, a wonderful sight: JSL, our home-for-now, just above the river.