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September 12, 2005


I got back on Thursday from travelling in mainland Japan, and I’ve been wanting to put up some of the pictures I took, and write about some or all of Nagoya, Takayama, Matsumoto, Kobe & Tottori (where Graeme and Japan’s only desert both live). But I’ve had no time, and in a few hours’ time I’m off travelling again: this time I’m catching the night boat to the southern islands of Okinawa. Ishigaki, and then probably Hateruma and Yonaguni – the last island before Taiwan, and the site of some mysterious ancient underwater structures that may or may not be man-made. I’ll be gone for about ten days.

So. In the mountains between Takayama and Matsumoto, I saw monkeys. Several dozen monkeys. And they were surprisingly unperturbed by human beings: I strolled nonchalantly past the first monkey a couple of times to see if it was bothered by me, but since it barely looked up, I spent the next hour or so sneaking up to monkeys and taking their photographs.

posted in Okinawa6 comments


  1. Posted by mayee — September 13, 2005 at 1:32 am

    hahhaha, i could just about imagine you sneaking about and monkeying with your camera! lovely pics!

  2. Posted by Andrew — September 13, 2005 at 6:43 am

    Yes! Check those monkeys! Is that a monkey baby in the top picture? That’s an excellent photo. And that one looking wistfully into the trees is definitely posing. Did you have to pay him or her? They say if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. Maybe you tried that. Although I’ve tried — believe me — but still they will not come. You’re lucky. Monkeys!

  3. Posted by graeme — September 13, 2005 at 3:32 pm

    those monkey photos are amazing… in fact you got so many good photos from this holiday, i hope you can give me a copy sometime!

    tottori was great fun, glad we lasted out the typhoon! hope you are enjoying your travels with k, you`ll have let me know how it all went when you get back!

    take it easy, g

  4. Posted by Alex — September 14, 2005 at 6:40 pm


  5. Posted by lva — September 16, 2005 at 7:10 pm

    Wow, people like monkeys! I am happy that people like monkeys. I like monkeys! I didn’t have to pay the monkeys anything! They were good monkeys.

  6. Posted by lva — September 16, 2005 at 7:10 pm

    Graeme – email me your address and I will post you some photos when I finally send those cds! Say hi to Kasumi, too.