Japan, Jasmine, Karate, Karate Masters Portrait Project, Okinawa, Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate
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2021 Highlights

Another challenging year, but we were able to focus on the positives, and look to the future. Here are a few highlights.

In March, I released the documentary I made about Murata-san and his amazing Toyota 2000GT, a unicorn in the automotive world.

The Karate Masters Portrait Project continued, and we completed Season 1 of the documentary series Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate.

2021 was also the first time local media contacted James Pankiewicz and I about our goals to document Okinawa’s martial arts heritage. The Ryukyu Shimpo interviewed us for their website and discussed the project on their podcast. https://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/entry-1439603.html…

In October, I was part of a BeOkinawa campaign to help promote tourism to Okinawa. It was interesting to be on the other side of the camera, and to work with a team of people who are also passionate about the Ryukyu Islands.

In November, I had the amazing opportunity to record Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

Meanwhile we’ve been making some preparations for 2022, with the construction of a retaining wall and the leveling of land. Jasmine was so excited by the diggers, she convinced us that she needed her own.

Much to Jasmine’s excitement, Christmas finally arrived, and the three of us enjoyed the holidays surrounded by cake, teddy bears, and dinosaurs.

I hope 2022 is a much better year for everyone. I know many people around the world are waiting to come back to Okinawa, and likewise hopefully we’ll visit the UK. Jasmine already has plans to show Gran and Grandpa her newly acquired digger skills .

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