Okinawa Governor Visits New York

Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture in Japan, is probably best known for its unfortunate role in hosting the Battle of Okinawa during World War II and for the US military presence occupying the chain of islands ever since. The poorest of Japan’s 47 prefectures, Okinawa relies heavily on its tourism industry. With pristine beaches and world-class scuba diving, Okinawa is a popular vacation/wedding/honeymoon destination for mainland … Continue reading Okinawa Governor Visits New York

Junko Fisher brings traditional Okinawan dance to New York

By day Yoshitake Kamiya worked in the fields of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture. By night he performed traditional Okinawan dances and acted in plays with Taishin Za, a famous local theater group. For twenty years, between 1968 and 1988, he also traveled the world as an official member of Kumi Odori (Okinawan-style opera with elements of singing, dancing, and acting), introducing Okinawan culture to North Africa, the former … Continue reading Junko Fisher brings traditional Okinawan dance to New York