A trip to Kudaka
The small island of Kudakajima is just 20 minutes by boat from the south-east coast of Okinawa. It’s the closest of all the offshore islands to my home. I took a boat there yesterday and spent some time cycling around the island. Kudaka is held in awe by many people as an ancient place with a special atmosphere and is the site of several utaki or sacred groves. Shoukichi Kina celebrates the island with his song ‘Kudaka Manjushu’ from his Hinukan album. And in 1996 Rinsho Kadekaru, along with his son Rinji and Misako Oshiro, did a concert there and the recording was later released as a CD.
Foolishly, I forgot to take my camera with me yesterday but still managed to get one or two half decent photos with a mobile phone. These show some of the island’s coastline…..and there’s one of the intrepid cyclist in the island’s only village.