Writer: Annabell

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Travelling is my passion but Japan is my home. I live in Okinawa among the locals in the Ryukyu culture and under the hot sun of this tropical island. I am German and came from Siegen 6 years ago to study and live here. I love writing, drawing, new adventures, beauty and languages. My travels have taken me all across Japan, from the snowy tip of Hokkaido through the bright city of Tokyo, the sunny falls of Kyushu to the beautiful beaches of Okinawa. I hope to share some of these stories with you.

Medieval Okinawa – When the Ryukyu Kings Ruled Urasoe-jō

Visitors to Okinawa seek out the ancient castle ruins of the island that tell the stories of the Kings of the Ryukyu era. The most famous one surely is the majestic Castle Park of Shuri. But before the political base was built there, it resided in Urasoe, on a hill that would later on become known to American soldiers as Hacksaw Ridge during World War II.

5 Things You Won't Find in Japan

Many travelers will be anxious about preparing themselves for visiting Japan. In tour guide books you can find tips on what Japan has to offer in comparison to your home country. But let me give you a little insight into what you will not find in Japan and how you can even benefit from it.

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