Hai Sai! Welcome to my Blog.

Hello, my name is Tom Corrao and I am the blogger behind the Okinawaology Blog. I created this blog to share and discuss all things Okinawan. I’m also the Public Relations Officer and Minkan Taishi to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai. My experience with Okinawa is derived from the time I spent there during the 1980's and 90's (10 years) when serving in the United States Air Force. I've also been married to an Okinawan woman for 30 years now and have been immersed in many things Okinawan through both friends and family. I do not claim to be all knowing about everything Okinawan but I try hard and study the history and culture. I welcome everyone that is interested in Okinawa and hope that I can provide useful information to those uchinanchu that may be curious about their culture and heritage. I also welcome those who are not of Okinawan heritage but have experienced, or are experiencing, the islands culture while stationed there with the United States Military. Comments are welcomed and will be published as long as they are in good taste and on track with the purpose of this blog. My hope with this blog is to bring Uchinanchu people around the world a little closer to their cultural roots by expressing information that has started to fade in light of a more modern world. We should never forget our culture or the people who came before us and through the Blog my intentions are to meld the old with the new and implant knowledge that will help maintain the traditions and culture of an island people.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Spring is finally in the Air

One of the things I love when the weather starts to get nice is gardening. In Okinawa the weather is much more condusive to tilling the earth and growing fresh vegetables for ones diet. The Okinawan people have been doing it for centuries and the fertile red coral enriched soil grows the deepest green vegetable and provides essential nutrients and minerals for a healthy body. Many Okinawans have gardens inside the fenced area of their yard where they grow everything from sweet potatoes to Goya. I can remember going to my inlaws house and always having fresh veggies strait from the garden in their yard. My father in law didn't believe in having grass in his yard and used every spot available to grow something that would supplement the families diet. I have fond memories of those days and was amazed at how much food he could produce on such a small parcel of land.

Me & My Mother-in-law in 2002
Note the garden surrounding the House
Even after his first stroke Otosan worked the garden
Today, I ventured out into my yard with the camera and took some pictures of the beginning of this years gardens. I believe in grass but that's Okay because we have enough land here to grow both grass and vegetables as well as flowers and shade plants. Here are some of the pictures I took.
These are always one of the first to bloom here in Wisconsin
There is about 110 feet of terraced garden beds
We do plant seeds and the sprouts have just begun to pop up.
Because of the shorter northern season though we do plant some greenhouse plants too.
There is also shade gardens in the back where our property meets the woods
The Japanese Maple always does well here
And the Iris' are beautiful
You really know it's spring though when you start to see the humming birds return like this one I saw today.

Hope everyone has a great day! Write you tomorrow!

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