Okinawa Tourism Information:“Sparetherodandspoilthechild”“Thejourneywillbeevenbetterwithgoodfriends”

“Spare the rod and spoil the child” “The journey will be even better with good friends”

post : 2016.11.16 08:00


There is a saying from the Edo Period. “Tabi wa michizure, yo wa nasake” That means “Just as it is reassuring to have a companion when traveling, it is important for us to care for each other as we pass through life.” Back then, traveling involved a lot of risks and traveling companions were for security not just fun.


Undoubtedly, there is a message to future generations in that old saying to look out for each other in life.



In Okinawa, words like “yuimaaru,” meaning to help each other and expressions like, “Icharibachode,” meaning that once we meet we are family, show how seriously Okinawan people take their relationships and connections to each other.

One of my jobs is writer for the popular seasonal magazine “porte,” where I introduce readers to Okinawa’s local shops or events.


Chief editor, Makishi, photographer, Chotaro and I go everywhere together to collect material.



We all have different tastes in music, food or relationships. Still, we enjoy the differences.

When I was young, I hung out with friends a lot, but those times thinned out after graduation. I go surfing alone and spend time with my girlfriend on weekend. It has become very rare to spend time with companions like this. Well, I occasionally go for drinks with people from Okinawa CLIP.


So, my business trips with these two men are really something special for me. I’m reminded of my high school days. I still work hard even if I feel like a high school student again.



There is another Okinawan word “yama-gakkou,” which basically means an alternate school. Your alternate school can be mountain, river, field, a coffee shop, park or shopping center. Your teacher is nature, a town or wherever you can take a lesson. It is an interesting way of thinking.

My job at porte is like yama-gakkou for me. I have visited many places, like a small brown sugar store in Ginoza, a metal studio in Ginowan, a bakery in Miyako and nature lovers in the Yaeyama area. All are my teachers for life.


People keep learning, and the lesson materials are always there. Relationships are very important to grow yourself.

 “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” “The journey will be even better with good friends.” Our journey will be a joy in my life for a long time.





Reference  URL: porte

Okinawa CLIP photo writer: Noriya Fukuda