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The Sugarcane Recordings June 25, 2010

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Out in the country in Sashiki, the buzzes and drones from nocturnal critters was enthralling. So on our last night there, I convinced Jojo to sneak out of the house with me around 1 a.m. We sat in the middle of a dark sugarcane field and recorded some new songs with atmospheric accompaniment.

“International Cutie Pies”

“Moe Meguro”

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Island Life Soundbite April 10, 2010

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One of my favorite things about Okinawa is the town-wide public announcements. They’re usually about some kind of community event — a baseball game or a movie screening — but it’s nearly impossible to decipher since all the dogs in the town start barking at the opening chime. And that’s even if you understand Japanese!

Today’s afternoon announcement in Sashiki was simply a recording of a popular folk song. Hope you enjoy this rough recording:

Exploring Nanjo April 6, 2010

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Now we are staying in Sashiki, a quaint and quiet neighborhood in the southeastern city of Nanjo. It’s about the exact opposite of Naha:

A friend of a family friend is letting us into her home for the week, and our only payment is helping take care of this little one, Chisato-chan:

It’s considered a pretty rural area by modern Okinawan standards, even with all paved roads and modern Western-style houses. There are a lot of sugarcane fields integrated with the residential areas:

We really haven’t gotten to explore too far yet, but I did find this curious tree:

And this home made out of a bus: