Coming from the islands of Hawai’i, now currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Coastal Engineering at University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. I am not fluent in Japanese, but after taking some classes and living here, I can at least hold small conversations and not embarrass myself too badly; and of course, I have learned to easily read menus and restaurant reviews! I teach eikaiwa 英会話 (English conversation) once a week at the Shuri Community Center to some lovely ladies and one gentleman.

I live with my 2 dachshunds and my husband in a small town near the university, surrounded by farms and sugarcane fields.

My hobbies are eating and hula; I get to dance once a week with some amazing local ladies with a lot of aloha spirit here in Okinawa. I go to the beach and ocean as much as I can, whether it is snorkeling, swimming, diving, boating, or just relaxing. I try to venture out to all corners of these islands, to try food and learn about local culture.

I love traveling and have been to many places within Japan, and a few other parts of Asia. Unfortunately I have only been to Europe twice (Scotland, Italy & Germany), but one day perhaps I will remedy that.

Right now, this is a work in progress, re: mess; the entries need to be edited and added to. After living here for over 3 years, there is so much I have learned in my little corner of the world and I am trying to organize it into cohesive thoughts. Most of these entries are a bit “slice of life” and probably not a lot of meaning, just little things that are part of every day life. So please enjoy Okinawa from my small perspective.

Shisa (guardian lion-dogs) from Nanjo