Friday, May 10, 2013
The Coolest Manhole Covers on Okinawa are in Kin Town !
These awesome colored manhole covers showed up in my hometown a few weeks ago.
Walking to the office one day, I pulled the G12 out of my pocket and shot this for you.
Excuse me, if there's a little road dust on the thing.
Some people have no respect and, just drive over them, as if they weren't a work of art.
A lot of my research takes place in the evening hours.
If you want to get the whole story you have to go to watering-holes, sometimes.
So, that's what I did. I had to find out about that character with the red hat.
He must be somebody important, I figured.
Pull some coins out of your pocket and take a close look.
They have prime ministers, presidents and, all kinds of famous people on them. Right ?
Well, this dude got himself printed on a manhole cover.
He must be famous.
The best thing I could do, is walk into a bar near the new manhole covers.
And, order a few drinks, make some small talk and, such.
Then, when everybody is relaxed, pull the G12 out and show them the picture.
"Anybody know this guy?
He's Tamuu-kun, the Kin Town Character.
He flies around on a taro (yam) which is one of Kin Town's major crops.
In local dialect, the taro is called taa'nmu.
So, when the village wanted a mascot, along came the cartoon character, Tamuu-kun.
He was designed in 1999 by a cartoonist named Momo Kokoro.
The artist's real name, escapes me, for now.
He published hundreds of comic strips for the Ryukyu Shimpo, a local newspaper.
Anyway, the important stuff:
The little guy with the red hat, buzzes around on his Taamu Jet and looks for people.
If you aren't feeling well, he hooks you up with some healthy yam food.
So, I figure he rates a bigger coin than any president or, prime minister.
Just try and beat that !
Resources I'm obliged to:
The Kin Town Bar Association
Okinawa2Go! Project on Facebook