Ryukyu / Okinawa Society
Some things about the way Okinawans lived long ago and even today
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MUSIC
Sanshin - the Okinawan shamisen

Uniquely Okinawan, the traveled ear can easily distinguish that which derives from Uchina. Beautiful to hear wafting from the heart of villages all across the ken. Listen!

Karaoke Box


DANCE
Traditional Ryu̅kyu̅ Folk Dance

Eisa

Nuchibana


CUISINE
Okinawa Soba

Food and Recipes


BELIEFS
Achoo!! (when "gesundheit" just won't do)

Protective Charms

Ishiganto
Shiisa
Hinpun
Shimenawa

Good Luck talismans

Meneki-neko
Ishiganto
Teru Teru Bozu

LIFESTYLES POTPOURRI
Oshibori
Pets
Bo̅so̅zoku Boyz
Kyodo-Baiten
Preserving a 220+ year old fresh water well on Nago
Seijin no Hi
Iha (Ifa) Fuyu, Father of Okinawaology
Humming Bulb Arrow
LANGUAGE - some helpful words and phrases
English-to-Japanese

Japanese-to-English
Some Uchinaaguchi is included too. Meanwhile, this is a good resource for some of the old Okinawan language. Intro to Uchinaaguchi.

Are the Ryukyuan Languages distinctly separate languages or are they "dialects" of Japanese? That question has been bandied about for a long time. Here's an opinion worth reading: “Wanne Uchinanchu – I am Okinawan.”
Japan, the US and Okinawa’s Endangered Languages
Patrick Heinrich and Fija Bairon

added 2-19-18

The Dialect Card - Hogen fuda


MUSEUMS

Higashionna Museum
or, what used to be. It's gone now (2018)

My Visit to the Higashionna Museum in 2015

Urumaichi Tateishikawa History & Folklore Museum

Okinawa Himeyuri Peace Museum

Karate KaikanMuseum, Tomigusuku

Urasoe-jo Museum

Okinawa Peace Memorial Museum

Haebaru Japanese Army Hospital "Bunker 20"

Keibin Yonabaru (Railroad) Station Building Museum

Yonabaru Choritsu Tsunahiki Tug-o-War Museum

Yaese Town Gushikami Museum of History & Folklore


OTHER BELIEFS & TRADITIONS

What about the Poo?


Ogimi: Village of Longevity
Kajimaya - celebration of 97 years of age
Okinawa Soba
Hajichi
The art of hand tattoos
Bunagaya
That little woodland spirit
Okinawan Family Names


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