Ryukyu / Okinawa Society
Some things about the way Okinawans lived long ago and even today
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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!
Traditional Ryu̅kyu̅ Folk Dance
Achoo!! (when "gesundheit" just won't do)
Good Luck talismans
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|
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.”
My Visit to the Higashionna Museum in 2015
Urumaichi Tateishikawa History & Folklore Museum
Karate KaikanMuseum, Tomigusuku
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
Ogimi: Village of Longevity
Kajimaya - celebration of 97 years of age
The art of hand tattoos
That little woodland spirit
Okinawan Family Names
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