I'm feeling my way here. The idea is to set up a traveling blog for my upcoming trip to Okinawa.
I made a lot of trips there when I was a newspaper correspondent in Tokyo during the 1980s and I last visited in 1995 from Hong Kong when I was working for a busines magazine whose mission was to rank billionaires and glorify the architects of greed.
The editors didn't understand why I was writing about Okinawa in a "wither Japan" feature article, for which I persuaded them I should travel around the country to take the pulse. I thought it would be a great place to explore the dynamics of change in the Japanese economy that was then sailing into the doldrums of its infamous "lost decade." Okinawa, after all, is Japan's Third World prefecture in terms of it relative poverty and unemployment. It is a remote place without any industry to speak of, a place where chowder heads in the prefectural government were encouraging farmers to cultivate pineapples just as the global market for that commodity was collapsing.