時は来た Time has come.


私の古いNexus 7をどうやって安全に捨てようかずっと考えていた。数ヶ月前に、そのNexusはOSアップデートから通常動作に戻ってこなかったのだ。使うのを諦めて新しいのを買った。しかし古い方を何とかしないといけなかった。というのは中には個人情報が入ったままで、デバイスはupdate以外しなくなっているのでソフト的に消すことは出来なかった。装置全体を完全に物理的に破壊することもできたが、私は希少金属のリサイクルを尊重する人間だ。長いこと考えて、装置を分解して内部のフラッシュメモリだけを破壊することにした。
I have been thinking how I can safely discard my old NEXUS 7. A few month ago, it did not come back to the regular operation from the OS update. I gave up using the one and bought a new one. However I had to do something about the old one because there remained my personal data in the device and I could not erase them by software since it did not do anything but updating. I could have physically destroyed it completely, but I respect recycling of precious metal in the device. So, after long consideration, I decided to disassemble the device and physically crush flash memory chips inside.


Following the instructions here, I tore down the device until I see the flash memory. I am not skillful in fine works, and I do not have all the tools handy for the work, I broke some connectors on the way. But, since I don't aim to use the device again, who cares.


I double checked the specs of the chip here. It was packaged in a hard case, so I ground it by my hobby router.

After that, I assembled the device to look like as an original one. I hope this suffices to let me think that I can safely throw this into a recycle bin for electronics devices.


別れの日は来た、ウチナーの村にも・・・ This moment too real saying good-bye...


In Zamami, foods are good and pristine, but right when we came back to Okinawa main island, it started to look much prettier.

This was a lunch I took at Cafe CoCoRO on the day we move to the main island.

次に行ったのはやちむんの里。 何人かの高名な陶芸家の窯が集まっている。
The place we visited next was "Pottery village". Several famous potters have potteries in the area.

窯元の一つの前に素晴らしい焼き物の展示。 読谷山焼横谷屋窯。
A display of their gorgeous creation at one of them. At Yomutan-Yamayaki-Yokotaya pottery.

I imagined they are using this red soil.

Another butterfly. It should be a Common Mormon.

After we visited several shops of potteries and glassware studios, we arrived at our hotel to stay for three nights. This was a view from our room a little while before sunset. Back of the hotel is wild forest of unfamiliar trees.

The restaurant "Chinuman" we went in the evening gave us an entertainment of Okinawa local music. "Chinuman" is a dialect meaning a kind of local unicornfish.

Deep fried local fish "Gurukun". It was delicious from the head to tail including bones.
Starters of local foods offered by the restaurant.

The buffet breakfast in the next morning. Including varieties of local cuisine.

The next morning, weather was good.

We went to a famous vista point "Manzamo". The view is awesome. The rock formation is fantastic, and the sea is blue and transparent.

Next, I wanted to buy some Awamori, local Okinawa shochu.

In the afternoon we went to a beach near the hotel. The hotel provided continuous bus transportation for the guests.

Some wild water sports beyond the fence.

After the beach we stopped by the swimming pool of the hotel.

For the dinner, we went to "Umikazeyo" meaning "Hello sea breeze".

A traditional music instrument "Sanshin".

Awamori steamed-clam. The bowl itself was also admirable.

Pork tongue with Japanese yam.

Chicken BBQ.

Drink, drink.

Another funny Seasar.

It was about the time of the sunset.

Next morning, another Awamori brewery, Helios Brewery.

And, another unique shaped rocks. The one on the right is called "heart rock".

Another hermit crab on the beach in a pretty shell.

The restaurant we had lunch is called "Ufuya" meaning "the main branch of a family". It is a big old house renovated for a restaurant and a shop.

We found trees of Barringtonia that we were looking for from the day we arrived at Okinawa. Flowers bloom only at night. So what we could watch were a lot of buds and flowers finished blooming. But, better than nothing.

Local pork rice bowl. What we found interesting was that there were less local food available in restaurants at Zamami island than Okinawa main island. That was completely the opposite to what I expected.

I wanted to visit another unique pottery of indigo dyeing. Unfortunately it was closed on the day.
A view of the closed entrance.

Even a toilet looks fine.
In the evening we visited a famous aquarium that was built for the event of Okinawa international marine exposition in 1975.

A broadclub cuttlefish was swimming gracefully among the other fish.

The scene of feeding to whale sharks was overwhelming. They devour floating tiny food on the surface together with a lot of water.

Arriving at the hotel, we could watch sunset views from the swimming pool

Finally, we had to leave Okinawa,

We could see Kerama islands in the distance. Good bye, see you again.

小天国 Small heaven.

We went to Zamami island of Okinawa. I wrote about snorkeling before, so this is about the experience above sea surface.

When we left our home, it was in the middle of rainy season there. Because of the forecast of rain, we could not reserve a taxi the night before. We had to walk to the nearest bus station with our suitcases. Fortunately, while we walk, rain stopped falling, and we were able to arrive at the airport without any incidents.

We arrived at Naha airport. A Seasar was welcoming us.

As it was just after noon, we had Okinawa noodle for our lunch. The noodle is different from all the other noodles I experienced in the world, and it strangely attracts me. The soup is also delicious.

After lunch, we took a taxi to Tomami port.

And got on a high speed catamaran boat. It goes between Naha and Zamami island only twice a day.

It was in the middle of summer here.

First we stopped at the port Aka of Aka island before we arrived at Zamami.

There was a beautiful bridge.

After we arrived at Zamami, we were picked up by a staff of the hotel at the port, and checked in at the hotel, we went out to explore the village. One of the place I had decided to visit was this shop. I noticed during flight that I left my rash guard at home. I found the shop listed on a advertising panel on the boat.  We bought one long sleeve dry T shit for each.

By the recommendation of the man at the shop, we went  to Yakitori shop to fill our hunger. Meats are huge. I regretted a little that I had ordered ten spits.

I had not known there were so many different product of Orion beer.

Later watched sunset at the port.

While walking in the island, we could find a lot of different Seasars.

Next morning we went to village office to greet the village mayor. Unfortunately, he was out of the island. We were let known he would be back in the evening. Leaving the village office, we took a bus operated by the village to Furuzamami beach. It is a quiet beach by the standard of us. There are only two cafeterias and only two rental shops of fun goods for beach. Anyway unbelievably beautiful beach with clean transparent water.

After we came back and clean ourselves, we visited the village office again. Waiting for a few minutes, the mayor came and greeted us guiding the office that had been recently rebuilt. Walking in the village, you can see traditional Okinawa house here and there.

次の日は年次のサバニ(伝統的な帆漕船)レースの日であった。 船は帆が付いているが、クルーは同時に漕ぐのだ。実は座間味島から那覇までのメインレースはこの翌日であった。この日のレースは座間味港から古座間味までの短距離の言わば前哨戦のようなものだった。
The next day was a day for annual Sabani, traditional yacht, race. The yachts are equipped with sails, but at the same time crews row the ship. Actually the main race from Zamami to Naha was planned on the next day. The race on the day was shorter a sort of  prelude race from the port Zamami to Furuzamami beach.

Prior to the race, the yachts were waiting at the beach next to the port before they lined up for the starting position.

One by one, they sailed to the starting position.

After the race started, we could not watch the race well from the island. Never the less, we were able to spot some Sabanis sailing from the bus we took right after the start to go to another beach, Ama beach. This was also a beautiful beach, but we liked Furuzamami beach because there were more reefs near the beach and so more fish.

We were able to see the several last yachts racing in the distance.

A kind of butterfly that I had never seen.

They are sold as a octopus tree in our neighbor. I once tried to grow one, but it was too cold there to keep it outdoor and had it die. Adan, sang in a song.

Two white cats were guarding a shrine like Seasars.

Plumeria had flowers.

On the third day, we joined a tour that took us to a small uninhabited island. This is a station for our guide.

Beautiful beach and sea.

There were some hermit crabs.

Actually a lot of them.

On the tour we enjoyed snorkeling and watching turtles whole day. The wether was mostly cloudy with some windy showers. But it might be good for our skin not burnt too much.

Food we enjoyed the night. Pickled wasabi stem.

On the next day, we stopped swimming, took a rest, and visited several cafeteria in the village. One of them, "Chabira" had fruit trees in the garden. This is papaya tree. There was a banana tree having fruits next to it.
昼食を食べた次の喫茶店「豚々茶舗 」。
Next cafeteria, "Ton-ton-chaho" meaning "Pig-pig-tea-store"was for lunch.

After we sat down, construction started. According to a girl there, they would construct some rooms on the roof to rent.

We enjoyed some Chinese snacks and beer.

Another pair of Seasars next to the cafeteria.
We dropped in to the elementary and middle school.

Shaved ice with sweet bean jam is famous according to my wife. To our surprise they use different beans from our neighbors. We use red beans, and they use red kidney beans with some barley. It tastes good.

The last dinner at Zamami island was at SANTA that was the second time for us.

Okinawa shallot with shavings of dried bonito.

Row fish bowl.

Fish with Okinawa tofu.

Well done!.

How much we wish, we cannot stay forever at the island like a small heaven. It is time to go back to the Okinawa main island.

The entrance of the hotel we stayed in the morning of departure.

The catamaran came for us.

A whale statue was saying Good-bye.

We could see the statue of "Maririn".

We could watch the uninhabited island we visited.