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I had the opportunity to go up to Kijioka in Ogimi Village along Okinawa's Northwest coast earlier this week. Kijioka is one of those little sleepy looking farming communities that dot the Okinawan coast line. Up here, things just move a little slower than they do for the rest of the world.
television commercial (link). I don't remember how many years ago that commercial first aired but it was well before the first economic meltdown of 2008 and it was practically prophetic!
The commercial is about your typical American family living in the rat race way beyond their means and in spite of all it appears that they have, they're barely able to scrape by. How did they maintain their opulent lifestyle? They did it by being buried to their eyeballs in debt! Then I thought about those kids running through the iris fields not having a care in the world and thought to myself, who's the real winner here. The jackass in debt up to his eyeballs or the little kids pictured here up to their irises in it? I think that the answer is obvious!
By the way, the irises up in Kijioka should be in full bloom over the next few weeks. If you have a chance and the weather is nice, I suggest you take a minute to step out of the rat race and enjoy some of the simpler things in life. Wake up and smell the Irises for a change.