I will initially be trading only for other manhole covers, but if you've already traded me yours, contact me.
My father was in the army and thus, I am an Army Brat. We moved a lot and I was lucky enough to have been exposed to rich culture. It makes your childhood a pain always being an outsider, but you don't realize as a kid that it is an amazing gift to be taught such a lesson in adaptation. I credit my open mindedness, thirst for travel & love of culture to my experiences living abroad. I only lived in Okinawa as a little girl for a few years, but boy what an impact on your memory to go from Japan to USA! My father made sure I was enrolled in both the Japanese school as well as the American Base school which set me up to learn A LOT. My husband & I hope to make it our next overseas trip. I long to revisit the place I used to call home and he wishes to share in that experience with me.
The design: On a field trip for school, my mom & I went digging for "purple yams." Whenever I told my friends in later years about this trip, they looked at me funnily and dismissed my story. It wasn't until I was researching Okinawa to find a manhole cover for this design that I figured out just what we were digging for all those years ago. They were purple Okinawan "sweet potatoes".
Okinawa Sweet Potatoes
A native of the Japanese island Okinawa, the Okinawa Sweet Potato with its light brown skin and unusual purple flesh is richly nutritious and surprisingly sweet. Scientifically classified as a yam, this root vegetable is a staple among the people of Okinawa and Hawaii, and has surpassed the popularity of the ordinary yam due to the presence of the antioxidant, polyphenol. Because of its delicate sweet taste, it is often simply boiled, cut into chunks and served, but those with a more creative flair treat it in less traditional ways. Okinawa Sweet Potatoes are often served toward the end of the meal.