March 31, 2020
Explore Shuri, a Cross Road of the Past and Present
The Ryukyu Kingdom emerged about 600 hundred years ago, when the Ryukyu Islands were unified for the first time under a single king. The kingdom was centered on the island of Okina...
March 4, 2020
A Selection of 10 Okinawan Traditional Experiences
Below we introduce a selection of ten activities, including traditional crafts, traditional costumes, and food culture, that allow you to experience the traditions of Okinawa. Whic...
March 3, 2020
A Trip Around the History of Okinawa
For 450 years, before becoming Okinawa Prefecture in 1879, Okinawa was an independent country called the Ryukyu Kingdom. The Ryukyu Kingdom flourished as a base for East Asian trad...
February 25, 2020
The Yaeyama Islands — A Blend of Natural Beauty and Timeless Culture
The Yaeyama Islands are widely known for their natural beauty, gorgeous beaches, superb diving, and lush vegetation. The entire area is a jewel of nature and important enough to be...
February 14, 2020
Discovering Sefa-utaki, Okinawa’s Spiritual Heart
Hidden by lush vegetation, Sefa-utaki is the most sacred place in the Ryukyu Kingdom. A visit to this hallowed ground, created amongst coral rocks and verdant trees, provides trave...
January 24, 2020
Visiting Tsuboya Yachimun Street
Whether you are sitting at a dining table or walking through the aisles of a souvenir shop, the eyes are automatically drawn to the colors and craftsmanship of traditional Okinawan...
January 24, 2020
A Day in Shuri — Tracing the Roots of Awamori
A quick ride on the Yui Rail, and once again I found myself in Shuri, Naha’s old city and the heart of Okinawan culture and history. On my last visit I spent all my time in Shurijo...
December 27, 2019
Karate – Okinawa’s Bridge to the World
My time in Naha had coincided with the Karate Day, and being a bit of a martial arts buff, I took the opportunity to see one of the most impressive displays of martial arts to be f...
February 19, 2019
【Blog】Ishigaki-yaki Pottery Class
Haitai! It’s Mahae. Ishigaki Island is located approximately one hour by air from the main island of Okinawa. The Ishigaki-yaki pottery from this small island was awarded the gold ...
February 6, 2019
【Blog】Okinawa Karate Kaikan
Learn the Essence of Karate from its Birthplace. Karate is said to have many enthusiasts around the world. The sport has also been made an official event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic ...
December 13, 2018
Presenting the Power of Okinawa “Power of Textiles”
How did the unique view of the world shown in traditional Okinawan textiles come about? Muneyoshi Yanagi, a researcher of folk arts with a deep understanding of Okinawa’s traditio...
December 13, 2018
Presenting the Power of Okinawa “Power of Pottery”
In Okinawa, pottery is known as “yachimun” and the beautiful colors and carefree forms make these pieces exciting, guaranteed to make serving food more fun. ...