Area: Okinawa (Page4)
Okinawa is officially part of the Kyushu area, but it deserves a section of its own. It is the southernmost prefecture of Japan, and is known for having a unique culture and history. The area is famous for its beautiful coral reefs, and scuba diving is a popular activity.
Okinawa has strong historical links to Chinese culture, and many traditions were brought to the island chain. One such import is Shisa (シーサー) which are guardian lions that protect houses and entrances from evil spirits.
July 20, 2015
In this article, I want to introduce the food of the most southern and the most northern islands in Japan. The most southern island in Japan is Okinawa, while the most northern island in Japan is Hokkaido.
June 29, 2015
Summer in Okinawa is extremely hot! Most locals avoid the mid-day sun and hide from the humidity indoors. However, the island comes alive at night as the sounds of beating drums and the twangs of Sanshin (Okinawan banjo) fill the air. Youth groups spend the evenings practicing Eisa, a traditional dance that they will perform during Obon, the most important festival in Okinawa.
June 20, 2015
The best example of the foreign influenced structures is the Shuri-castle. Listed as one of the top-100 Japanese castles, a Japanese national treasure, as well as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since the year 2000, it stands out from the rest of the castles in Japan with its bright red colour and its mere-2-floors high design. This palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom will remind you how multi-cultural and diverse the history of Okinawa is.
May 16, 2015
If you go to Okinawa, chances are you're there to see more than just one island. If you're not willing to hop on a plane to Yonaguni or Ishigaki and are looking for something closer to base, why not check out Zamami-jima? This great little island, part of the Kerama-island group along with Aka and Geruma, is not only fantastic for water sports, but has masses of character to go along with it!
March 30, 2015
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, is one of the most interesting cities in Japan but is often overlooked for cities on the mainland. What makes it different? Everything. Okinawan culture, food, and lifestyle is all different from that of Hokkaido, Honshu and Kyushu, and perhaps that is easiest to see in Naha. Let`s focus on one of the best things about Okinawa: the food.
March 26, 2015
Whether it is the broth, noodles or pork, each soba shop has its specialty Okinawa soba that is loved by its devoted group of followers. When I asked my Japanese friends to recommend the best Okinawa soba shop, I frequently received a myriad of fervent responses. After living in Okinawa for close to 2 years, my gastronomical adventures brought me to a number of well-known Okinawa soba establishments.
March 25, 2015
About half an hours` ferry ride away from Naha, Tokashiki Island, part of the Kerama Island group, is a convenient and fun choice for a day trip or maybe a couple of days away from the hubbub for those visiting Japan`s southern islands.
March 9, 2015
With its iconic elephant’s trunk-shaped cliff, Cape Manza is a famous scenic spot in Okinawa. In the 18th century, Sho Kei, a Ryukyu king, visited Cape Manza and commented that 10,000 people should sit in the open area near the cliffs and admire the cape’s beauty.
February 8, 2015
In this section, explore the wide expanse of ocean and the night-sky at another 6 islands, Kuroshima, Aragusuku, Hatoma, Iriomote, Hateruma and Yonaguni.
January 26, 2015
Yaeyama Islands consist of the 11 islands, namely, Ishigaki, Taketomi, Kohama, Kayama, Yubu, Kuroshima, Aragusuku, Hatoma, Iriomote, Hateruma and Yonaguni. Introducing to you, attractions of each island.
January 26, 2015