I had been looking forward to this day for weeks! I was finally going to have the opportunity to
see the natural spring that is the hallmark of the tale of "Aka Inu ko" - the red puppy who saved
the day during an extended drought. The link that will take you to my story of Akainuko is right
here: Legend of Akainko. It's a great story and seeing the location has been a long time
unfulfilled desire for me. So, on this Sunday morning I accomplished one of my most outstanding
goals. Many thanks to Clay Sump who contacted me and worked out the logistics. Also, thanks to
his lovely wife who accompanied us and helped me to comprehend many things which would other-
wise have gone either misunderstood or just completely unobserved - like the Sobe po-po! I'd be remiss
if I didn't include Kenneth Spink who played a large roll in getting me in touch with the right folks.
Another cool surprise, too! I was introduced to one of the Sobe elders, Higa-san. Thirty-one years earlier I met
Yeah, what a day!
So then, sit back and watch my adventure. Very early on in the process of setting out to
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