Mr Gentatsu Ashimine - cafe owner
Gentatsu Ashimine opened his own café to offer a place of spirituality and calm for city-dwellers. In 2003 he moved from central Okinawa to Takae, looking for a sustainable life. The cafe - constructed without blueprints, and built using his own tools - is situated on the brook in front of his house so that the bubbling stream and bird and insect songs can be heard. It’s paradise.
However, in 2014 two of the helipads were built 400 meters from his place. Thunderous military aircrafts now hover overhead, shattering the peace and tranquility. When night-time military training began, his children could not go to school due to lack of sleep. He was forced to evacuate them to a neighboring village.