Friends Along the Way in Okinawa
Every now and then, in traveling these islands, it's easy to get sidetracked.
The mission April 13, 2013 was to document a cultural event on Henza Island, the Sanguacha.
Meeting Kobashigawa Mitsu, turned out to be the highlight of my day.
She was sitting at a picnic table in the shade.
Stopping to get a drink of water and cool-off, out of the hot sun, I met her.
We became friends in just a few minutes.
When I asked if I could take her photo, she agreed and, even signed a model release.
My release forms are in Japanese because, that's mostly who I deal with in my line of work.
She signed the form in Japanese and English. I promised her some prints.
She told me to just bring them to the store we were sitting in front of.
Everyone there knows her.
Time Flies and a Month Went By
On the last, rainy Sunday in May, I drove back to Henza Island to deliver the photos.
Inside the little Mom and Pop store, there were only three or four people.
When a woman saw me showing the photos to the cashier, she took a look at them.
Then, she pointed to a corner where a woman was bending over at a freezer.
It was Kobashigawa Mitsu.
When she saw me, she busted out in smiles.
Handing her the prints, I apologized for taking so long and thanked her.
Then, I paid for her ice cream.
Don't tell the wife !