Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Stunned with Sign Language at an Okinawan Festival
Last night, I returned from four days on the southern island of Iriomote, Okinawa.
Traveling with a sailing sabani team, I was plenty busy, getting tanned in the hot sun.
It can be exhausting work but, it's always interesting.
Besides the sailing boats, there were other things I had on my checklist of things to do.
It was my first visit to this island and, there's wildlife, we don't see on this island.
A good friend, Miss Miyagi, got me to the Wildlife Center, an hour's drive away.
There, I made contact and, took some photos but, they can wait.
This photo, I liked better than, any taken on this excursion and, wanted to post it tonight.
The girl is 8 year old Hiyuri Yamashita and, she's signing the Japanese word, for star.
Hiyuri is accompanying a band, performing an Okinawan song, at a rehearsal.
The festival, would be held the following evening and, she would be on stage.
It's always best, for me, to attend the practice and take photos before the main event occurs.
That way, people get to know me and, aren't nervous when I take their photos.
Curious, as to why such a young girl, knows how to use sign language, I asked her grandma.
"Does, Hiyuri have bad hearing, like me?"
Granny, laughed and said, "No. We teach all the children, how to sign!"
Camera: Pentax K1
Lens: Pentax 15-30 at 29 MM
Exposure: f/4 1/40 ISO 1600
Location: Iriomote, Okinawa
Date and Time: AUG 26 2017 8:05 PM
NOTE: More images at Iriomote Island AUG 2017 on Facebook