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Fresh Firm and Moist, The Subtle Pleasure of Cuban Cigars

By: Michael

Date Posted: 2000-06-10

The Aroma is pure pleasure to the true connoisseur. Now it’s true---the United States still has a trade embargo against this tiny communist island in the West Indies. Furthermore, it’s a fact that Cuba played a key role bringing the world to the brink of Nuclear holocaust on October 22, 1962, 38 years back.

However, “To err is human, to forgive divine.” (Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism). Moreover, “Love your enemies” (St Matt 5:44). It’s high time we forgive enemies!

Japan doesn’t have an embargo against Cuba. It’s perfectly legal to buy tobacco products made in Cuba, while on the island of Okinawa. “Fear not”

The first and best little shops for tobacco products on Okinawa are owned and operated by Mr. Ooba. These shops can be found in Ginowan and Chatan and they bear the owner’s name(Ooba).

Ooba offers a wide variety of products: Cigarette, pipes, pipe tobacco, humidors, cigarette cases, pipe tobacco, deodorizing candles…

Prices for cigars can range anywhere from 100yen to 2000yen.

Special Requests are available (cash in advance). Ooba will accept yen only (sorry). Hours of operation are from ……to.. Mon. through Sun.

“Warning from the Surgeon General”

It’s a well established fact that smoking is hazardous to one’s health, but moderation is one of the keys Ladies and Gentlemen (c.f. George Burns).

A Quality Cuban- Monticristo No.3 (1500yen each) requires a bit of education in etiquette. Eat a balanced meal, then have a nice glass of Red or White wine (maybe a quality scotch). Do not drive and sip your favorite beverage (Coffee goes well, too).

A fresh Cuban should be firm to the touch and slightly moist. The aroma should be pleasing to the palette and the taste is impossible to describe. Use an end-cutter. Don’t bite the end off. Wooden matches are preferable to lighters (for their aroma).Then, slowly enjoy a benefit of living (not existing) on the Island of Okinawa. Ni he de biru!

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