Author Archives: Jim Mockford

About Jim Mockford

Author, historian with an interest in maritime history and Asia Pacific cultural exchange. Owner of Kumquat Kids Productions, LLC.

The 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Hyogo Japan is remembered in January 2020 with events in Japan and Washington State the sister state of Hyogo Prefecture.

The 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Hyogo Japan was remembered in January 2020 with events in Japan and Washington State that recall the magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck at 5:46 a.m. on Jan 17, 1995, that killed 6,434 … Continue reading

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Boat tour of Yabiji Reef at Miyako Island, Japan

On April 2, 2019 we set out from Ikema Island Harbor by small boat to the Yabiji Reef lying 5-10 km off of the northwest side of Miyako Island, Japan. Author, educator, and local historian Akira Andaniya was our guide … Continue reading

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Memories to celebrate 60 years of Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association (1959-2019): A look back to the 20th Anniversary in 1979 by Jim Mockford

2019 marks the 69th anniversary of the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association (PSSCA). For current news about PSSCA and programs check out the Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/portland.sapporo/ and web site at  http://www.portland-sapporo.org/ This blog will post a few “way back” stories … Continue reading

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Travels with Ranald MacDonald Japanese Rokkaku Kite

This post is about the continuing travels of the Ranald MacDonald Japanese Rokkaku style kite. It made it’s aerial maiden voyage at Long Beach, Washington State during the One Sky One World International Kite Fly for Peace and was announced in conjunction … Continue reading

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Ranald MacDonald Japanese Rokkaku Style Kite

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  The Ranald MacDonald Japanese Rokkaku style kite made its’s aerial maiden voyage October 7 and 8, 2017 at Long Beach, Washington State during the One Sky One World International Kite Fly for Peace (held annually, around the globe on … Continue reading

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A visit to the Mogao Caves

The Mogao Caves were something to look forward to seeing after a weekend of kite flying at the First International Dunhuang Kite Festival in April 2017. Located just 25 km outside of Dunhuang City our bus stopped at the interpretive … Continue reading

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Kite Flying on the Silk Road: First Dunhuang International Kite Festival

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To arrive in the proximity of Longitude 94° East we had traveled over 1,000 miles west from Beijing to Dunhuang in Gansu Province at the gateway to the Silk Road and arrived at Dunhuang on April 7 to be there for the opening ceremony … Continue reading

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