Travel Photo Friday: Seaweed Farm

June 12, 2009


Okinawa, Japan 2004: Our downstairs neighbor knocked on the door and asked if we wanted to see his farm. We knew he was a fisherman, but hadn't realized he was also a farmer. We climbed in our car and followed him through small winding roads until we arrived at a beach. Puzzled, but very curious we continued to follow him out into the water (at low tide) until he proudly stopped in front of his farm. He explained that he grew a special type of Okinawan seaweed.Vibrant green, healthy, and very tasty in a salad. I had forgotten about that afternoon until recently reading this great post on The Magnifying Glass all about seaweed.

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Looks like the weather is clear and the sh
uttle launch is still planned for tomorrow. We were lucky to get special passes for the launch but we need to arrive between 2-5am tomorrow morning for the 7 am launch...yikes! Anyone have advice on watching a launch with kids? This was all very last minute for us (why not add a few more things to our already very full plates, right?!), but it's our only chance to see a launch before moving not to mention there are only a few more before the Shuttles are retired in 2010. If all goes well, I will hopefully have Shuttle photos and stories to share for next week's Friday Travel post...stay tuned!
Weasel said...

Have a wonderful time at the launch!!! Can't wait to see the pictures and hear the stories.

Amy @ The Q Family said...

I didn't realize that the seaweed is farmed. Very interesting story and good to know!

Enjoy your launch experience.

Bridget Smith said...

Learn something new every day. I will have a greater appreciation for my sushi in the future. A seaweed farm makes sense.

Have a great time tommorrow. Sometimes the shuttle lands here in Ca. I need to find out more.

marina villatoro said...

I'm such a sucker for these types of farms and attactions:) Great pictures!
I remember when I lived in Cali, there was a huge problem with kelp, they didn't do farm, but had huge rigs in the water:)

Photo Friday - Beautiful Lago Amatitlan

Victoria said...

It never occurred to me either that seaweed would be farmed, but I guess it can't all be collected by people wandering around the beach! How interesting.

The launch sounds amazing, can't wait to see pics next week!

Morena, Andy, Dominic & Christian said...

I soooo miss watching the farmers from our balcony in Kitanakagusuku-son. The way they painstakingly rolled out their nets in perfect rows was amazing to observe, as was the harvest. Thanks for taking me back! :)

amida said...

That's very interesting! I read that Magnifying Glass post as well and now want to know more about seaweed.

craftymama said...

my guys would love the shuttle launch! have fun!

Dominique said...

Makes me think a bit of the oyster "farm" we saw in Alaska. Great story and shot!

Dawn said...

Wow! I will have to ask my parents about this... I don't recall seeing anything like this as a kid there. Very intresting!
Have a great time at the launch! Can't wait to hear all about it... even the getting the kids there sooooo early part!! Yikes is right!

Tisra said...

That's incredible. There are so many types of seaweed, too, that I wonder how some of the others are farmed or collected. I love seaweed. :-)

Stefani said...

Well that is just so cool! Thanks for the photo and the neat info!

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