Okinawa (Part VII)

May 23

Sunsets and castles . . . 

[Just to show a soldier’s life wasn’t all golf and beaches . . . ]

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[This photo, and the ones above and below, must have been the start of a roll (you remember film, don’t you?) . . . ]

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[The below photo . . . ]

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[So, here’s where we begin the subject matter.  Again, over the East China Sea . . . ]

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[When you have a new toy (i.e., a legitimate camera), you tend to experiment with lenses and filters and stuff.  I should point out, though from the follow photo should be obvious, red filters are generally used for special effects in black and white photography.]

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[Though sports fields were just down the hill from our barracks, I don’t recall ever using them.  They may have been reserved for MP’s and paratroopers who actually had to be in shape to do their jobs . . . ]

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[And now a visit to Nagakusuku and its castle.  If you recall from the preceding post, Nakagusuku is just slightly north of Yonabaru . . . ]

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[Nakagusuku Castle is a ‘gusuku’ [castle or fortress] in the village of Kitanakagusuku.  It is one of a number of castles built on the island of Okinawa by the Ryukyu Kingdom now in ruins. The legendary Ryukyuan commander, Gosamaru, built the fortress in the early 15th century to defend against attacks from the east by Lord Amawari of Katsuren Castle. Amawari attacked the castle in 1458 and defeated Gosamaru shortly before his own castle was attacked by Uni-Ufugusuku. The castle was visited by Commodore Matthew C. Perry in 1853, who noted that the walls seemed to be designed to absorb cannon fire. The six courtyards of this fortress with stacked stone walls make it a prime example of a gusuku. It was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000.  It is regarded as one of the 100 most famous castles in Japan (Wikipedia).]

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[This is the overgrowth around and about the castle . . . ]

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[No idea what the pink structure is, or was?]

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[Here’s no-name guy and Roy . . . ]

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[A film crew arriving at the castle.  Did they hear we were there?]

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[The castle came with a view . . . ]

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[Absolutely no explanation . . . ]

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[This pool likely was part of the pink building complex . . . ]

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[Roy on the castle wall . . . ]

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[Oh, so here is why the film crew was there . . . ]

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[Aiming the camera 90 degrees to the left from the previous shot – the castle . . . ]

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[But back to the MTV video.  Oh, there was no MTV then?]

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[‘Twas a bit of a production number, but we couldn’t hear her from our position . . . ]

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[So, for rather obvious reasons, I asked her if she wanted to be Facebook friends . . . ]

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[She queried, “What’s Facebook?”  I replied, “Good point . . . “]

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[Then we went cave exploring . . . ]

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[The castle from the cave entrance . . . ]

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[We never found out who she was because, well, we didn’t have Google in those days.]

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[Next it was on to a judo tournament . . . ]

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[This was obviously in the base fieldhouse . . . ]

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[For good community relations, it was a tournament for the locals as well as the Americans.  A couple of local grandmas had front row seats . . . ]

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[And away we go . . . ]

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[Future stars practicing . . . ]

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[And now more sunsets . . . ]

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[These are all from mid-1971 – well before Mayor Pete was born!]

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[And now boats provide nice props . . . ]

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[Particularly going telephoto . . . ]

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[And now for that other major celestial body . . . ]

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[Maybe the MTV star’s boat?]

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[Now a couple of neighborhood shots . . . ]

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[A local brew, but I preferred Sapporo Dark . . . ]

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[And now for more fun with the technology . . . ]

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[And with Bill and Terry and their new contacts, which always seemed to be bothering them . . . ]

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[This seems to be the closing photo in every file.  It works out OK, because when I post on Facebook it always presents the last photo . . . ]

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If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.  ~  Japanese idiom

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