While we wait to see what will happen in Okinawa’s future, we work to honor and restore the unique culture of the islands. I believe being born to these islands was luck indeed, because in the midst of its turmoil, Okinawa has one thing that has never been lost: its incredible environment.
Usually those who of noble families who worked directly for the Ryukyu King had family crests. I’m not sure if this was extended down to common people. I can’t find my Okinawan last names on here (though one of them is pretty uncommon). Some these designs are very interesting though, especially on the 2nd page.
My Japanese family crest is the go-shichi-no-kiri, which also happens to be the symbol of the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan and it can be seen frequently in front of Buddhist temples along with the wisteria crest too (though I’m not sure of the reason).
The “Cool Japan Fund,” to launch on Monday, aims eventually to use about 100 billion yen of mostly public funds to boost distinctive food and drink, fashion, animated and live-action movies and other such “soft” exports.
Today I wanted to say something on how I discovered Okinawa, how it caught my imagination with just a small glimpse and how finding it the way that I did, convinced me to pursue my art and interests more vigourously.
Maps made by everyone is an initiative by Google Japan to promote their map maker. Its in Japanese, but navigation is pretty straight forward and it offers a cool way to take a quick tour of the islands.
When you arrive at a new place and the beauty of it takes you away, which is better and communicates more with your friends and family - writing about the experience of being there, describing it in sentences, or taking a photo and sharing it with them?
Unless you are luddite, the second one obviously. That is not to dismiss the written word, it of course has its own fine place in our lives. But, if you want to say something powerful, the picture really does say 1000 words in this situation.
The most boring and least effective way to communicate something is to do it directly. It will only touch the surface of those that come across it.
But, if you can make people stop, take a moment and have them think and discover your idea and emotions for themselves, then the thrill they will feel of finally finding it will touch their hearts.
For those who visit Japan, the Okinawa Prefecture is unlikely to feature on most travellers holiday itinerary. Okinawa is where the United States has developed its presence, and military bases in the region, and the presence of American soldiers in the prefecture has impacted upon the lives, businesses and culture of the local Japanese people.