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Okinawa

‘Shuri-jo castle’, where the successive kings of ‘Ryukyu Kingdom’ resided, stands on a high ground commanding Naha City, the prefectural capital of Okinawa. Many buildings in this site used to be designated as a national treasure before the Second World War. These precious buildings were reduced to ashes during the war, nevertheless they were reconstructed in 1980’s. The picture above shows the imperial...

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These two pictures were taken at the ‘Okinawa World’ theme park in the south of Naha City, where many native private houses across the Okinawan islands are relocated on to be opened to the public. Okinawa Prefecture is located in a subtropical zone, that is why local houses are equipped with long eaves to make much shady room. As a countermeasure against a typhoon, the roof tiles fixed each other with white plaster and the...

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Okinawa has characteristic music different from Japanese mainland, because it had been a independent kingdom until the 19th century. The most distinguishing point found in this music is a pentatonic scale made up of do-mi-fa-si-do, which is as same as gamelan music in Indonesia. This music is exotic even for Japanese mainlanders on account of specific musical instruments such as a ‘sanshin’ banjo, ‘sanba’...

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Nestled among the lush trees and white sands of picturesque Cape Busena in Nago, just 90 minutes from Naha Airport in northern Okinawa, The Busena Terrace beckons guests to a contemporary island oasis where spacious guestrooms, round-the clock butler service, enticing shops and restaurants, sybaritic spa treatments and an exciting range of marine and other outdoor activities promote complete restoration and relaxation. Laxuary...

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