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A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF RYUKYUAN OCEAN

10 Okinawan (Uchinaaguchi) phrases to learn before your next trip to Okinawa

The Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places you can visit in the Asia-Pacific region. As a formerly independent island kingdom, Okinawa has a unique cultural identity established through its rich history of trade between its neighbours, China and Japan. Its robust diplomatic ties meant that the Ryukyuan Kingdom trade routes …

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Hidari gomon

The Hidari Gomon: Symbol of Ryukyuan Pride

During the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom, each aristocratic family had a kamon. Kamon originated in Japan and entered the Ryukyu Kingdom through interaction between aristocratic Ryukyuans and the Japanese. That circular swirly symbol that you often see in Okinawa- on flags during festivals, on the sides of sanshin instruments, on traditional roofs, etc.- is …

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Shikuwasa Nobiletin Citrus of Longevity

Shikuwasa: The Powerful Longevity Promoting Fruit & the Benefits of Nobiletin

Shikuwasa is just one of those fruits you can’t get anywhere else in the world. A powerful citrus with a surprising potential to be the answer to serious health conditions like Alzheimer’s. It’s endemic to the Ryukyus and has a deceptive lime or Calamansi like appearance, but tastes completely different to its other green citrus …

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A young woman getting Hajichi

Hajichi: The Powerful Female Tattooing Tradition of the Ryukyus

Due to society being conditioned to believe a particular standard or ideal of beauty, we forget the beautiful cultural traditions that women once practiced to preserve their beauty that were vastly different to the standards we see today. Dominant cultural beliefs often undermine the beauty of difference, and that can be said for the hand …

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