Saturday, May 16, 2009

Zamami's Mayoral Election

Tomorrow marks the most important political event that will take place during my tenure on Zamami. The mayoral election is a big deal because the previous mayor is widely blamed for giving Zamami the dubious distinction as the third poorest municipality in all of Japan. So the next mayor gets to climb us out of financial abyss as well as solve our broken incinerator and water shortage problems. Quite a bit for a community of less than 1000 people.

[the three candidates, two of whom I know well]

[campaign headquarters for a candidate]

Sadly I don't get to vote, but I get to go fishing! The candidate the boat captain supports is expected to win (according to someone from his campaign) so our task is to catch a marlin to feed the victory party.

[the candidate expected to win holds a speech to a packed house]

[no crowd, but a megaphone!]

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