martedì 26 luglio 2016


to all the nice participants that today came to my organic Italian cooking class at the guest-house La Passione! It has been a real pleasure struggling in the kitchen for you. 

SPECIAL THANKS to: my wife Satoko for the super-help! To Francesca and Hiroto-san for letting me baptize their kitchen with the first cooking class (of hopefully many more to come)! To my friend Toshio for helping me in 100 different ways (organizer, expert farmer, taxi driver, translator, dishes washer, zucchini plant gifter)! To Akamine-san of Morinnga Farm for bringing his wonderful pesticides free veggies (and for giving me TWO wonderful mangoes)! To John Davis, 'The Cheese Guy in Okinawa', for giving me/us some of his delicious ricotta salata to use as topping for penne alla Norma! And, last but not at all least, to all the new, nice friends I had the opportunity to meet today for the first time - including Jeff T, food expert and author of the best photos of this post -! 

Next round at La Passione: Saturday 17th September for a cooking/tasting class focused on Francesca's brother delicious olive oil, made with love/without chemicals in the southernmost corner of Sicilia and directly imported to Okinawa. Please, stay tuned, soon a FB event page coming. CIAO!!

domenica 24 luglio 2016


GREAT adoption/divulgation/awareness/charity event this afternoon at Café Topothesia in Ginowan! A university's young crowd participated massively at the cool café where we brought seven young cats from Myu-san's shelter. It has been a success, as two cuuuute kittens have been adopted by a couple who lives nearby and the next week, after some vet checks, will go for a better life with a loving family.

We gave a bunch of brochures about TNR programs and lent some books about how living with a cat to... beginners. We sold some items and people donated money, so we could save a little amount of $ for the TNRs coming (the next one in Okinawa-shi, from the 9th to the 11th September).

Satoko, as usual in these situations, has been a professional in talking/convincing people to adopt a cat. BRAVA! And so Myu-san, who still has the superpower of taking care of stray cats and bringing them to such events. Last but not least, ほんとにどうもありがとうございました to the young guys of Café Topothesia that organized the event and hosted us. Now I'm tired but... happy!

lunedì 18 luglio 2016


More people than in the past - around 1500 - yesterday by Tenbusu Building, along Kokusai-dori, for the 4th edition of the annual event held by Pink Dot Okinawa, the local LGBT community. Many Japanese people and foreigners participated. 

Events in the event have been Naha's first municipally-recognized same sex couple certification by the city's mayor, the entry of major brand sponsors as JAL, and the presence of several celebrity guests. At the end a typical summer, sudden rain, to bless the pink community. Fun, as usual! See you next year, ciao!