Some pictures from Nakama, a town about 80 minutes away on the south side of the island. They have amazing gajumaru trees. Twisted bunches of roots hang down from the branches and grow until they root themselves into the ground.
I put a link to Tomoko's new blog, Dandelion, just to the right. She likes flowers and bugs in particular.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I started reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Biography today, Infidel. At one point she talked about stories her grandmother told her as a child growing up in Somalia. One of them in particular left an image in my mind which I sketched when I got home from work today. The following is the passage I took it from:
"My grandmother's stories could be chilling. There were stories about an ugly old witch woman whose name was People Slayer or People Butcher, who had the power to transform herself, to adopt the face of someone you liked and respected, and who at the last minute lunged at you, laughing in your face, HAHAHAHAHA, before she slaughtered you with a long sharp knife that she had been hiding under the folds of her robe all along and then ate you up."
Wow, nothing like a Somalian bedtime story to keep you awake... forever. I recommend this book to anyone that's curious about women in Islam or women growing up in traditional societies.
Posted by Stewart at 06:03
Monday, April 13, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
A couple friends from the mainland came down to Yakushima this weekend and I toured them around the island. The above shot is from our first hike, through Yakusugiland.
On the last day my friends and I hiked up to Miyanoura dake. This is the same 10 hour hike I did when I first got here. It's a tough hike but it wasn't nearly as hard as doing it during the hottest time of the year.
Posted by Stewart at 15:50