Saturday, March 04, 2006

Puff the Magic Dragon

"Puff the Magic Dragon,
Lived by the sea,
And frolicked in the autumn mist,
In a land called Hanalei"

So goes the song. This is a view across the Hanalei Bay in Kauai, Hawaii. You can see Puff's brown eyes at the end of the outcrop. This island and the other Hawaiian islands have a big connection with Japan, and particularly Hiroshima. A large proportion of the Japanese immigrants who headed out here to work the plantations came from the Hiroshima area. You are much more likely to meet a Taniguchi here in Kauai than a Makanui.


Blogger Tim said...

For a moment I thought that photo was of southern Japan - from the depths of a Hokkaido winter, Hawaii and Hiroshima both seem like tropical paradise.

Thanks for your comments and link to my blog. I've enjoyed browsing through your posts.

1:51 PM  
Blogger jh said...

Thanks for browsing, Tim.

I'm not sure my friends in the northern part of Hiroshima Prefecture would be calling it paradise just yet ... snow forecast for tomorrow, just in time for my return.

Here on Kauai, however, well ... that is another story.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Maethelwine said...

That doesn't look like a dragon at all. You hanging out with that mandolin toting, crystal healing long hair? Maybe smoking things you shouldn't?

2:49 PM  
Blogger jh said...

Maethelwine: I think it looks exactly like one of those crocodiles in the game centres here that come at you open-mouthed and you have to bash them with a, erm, basher.

Spent some time with the long-haired Hawaiian Welshman, and yes, he was playing mandolin. My only vice was to have a beer or two, though.

5:31 PM  

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