Ishigaki

Just like the drink it holds, the flagon is emblematic of Ishigaki, as the islanders are considered according to themselves to be too laid back to get much accomplished. They drink and talk and play music, especially the samisen, a three-stringed instrument that has evolved from a 13th century Chinese ancestor.

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Interviews

As I stood at the table to sign in for my ballot, an elegant, middle-aged black woman was just ahead of me. Her voice was subdued but clear, with the deeper timbre of age and experience, her diction betrayed a practice of speaking and a college education. With a sculpted face that had been beautiful and still was, she wore a tailored, perfectly pressed, deep-gray skirt and jacket of fine wool.

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