Continuity of cultures
The ship is leaving Naha Shinko port to Ishigaki Island of Okinawa. It
will stop over Miyko and Ishigaki Island, and then, get to Khi Loon in
Now a days, most cities in the world are connected by air planes. It means
we move from the one point to the other. But in exact, we are moving lineally
in the distance.
Let's take some example in "culture". Japan and Vietnam are on
the same line of culture although we never conscious of it. Usually we
just conscious which meal is more tasty, chicken or fish, in the flight.
But below our foot, as going to south west, architectures or people's features
are gradually changing.
After all, we get culture shock for dramatically changed surroundings when
we land there. Of course, it must be a fan of travel.
However, I think of it on the ship. If I go to Taiwan via Okinawa, I could
get into the different culture smoothly. For instance, a stone wall, a
wall at gate for a talisman, a "Seaser"animal shaped ornament
and a structure of house, all these character of Okinawan residence are
really strange for people from Tokyo. But perhaps, it can be relatively
familiar for the Taiwanese people.
Once, I was surprised when I found some similarities in a Vietnamese residence
to Japanese one. "Seaser"was there and the walls too. Without
controversy, both culture have got strong influence of the gigantic China.
But the powerful current of culture which make the political border to almost
meaningless is really exiting to watch.
The ship is cruising smoothly. I have to get off at Ishigaki island tomorrow
morning. If I over sleep .... next stop will be Taiwan. "Getting to
Taiwan with over slept" It sounds a little bit stupid ... but exiting.
I guess, in Taiwan, there would be the culture on the same line to Okinawa.
Setting up the hypothesis is also a fun of travel.
"Seaser" Taketomi island, Okinawa, Japan 2002
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