Okinawa, a land rich in nature that has developed by accepting diverse cultures
Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. The population is about 1.46 million, and the Prefectural capital is Naha City. The average annual temperature is 23°C, and the climate is classified as subtropical. It is characterized by high temperature and humidity and high precipitation.
Okinawa is surrounded by the sea and is blessed with rich nature. You can see plants, corals, and tropical fish that are unique to subtropical regions.
It is a popular tourist destination that attracts more than 3 million tourists every year.
Traditional crafts and Local specialties
Okinawa's traditional crafts are "Tsuboya-Yaki" and "Ryukyu-Shikki".
Tsuboya-Yaki is a ceramics made in Naha City. It is also called Yachimun. It uses a glaze unique to Okinawa, and is characterized by its vivid colors.
Ryukyu-Shikki is lacquerware made all over Okinawa. This lacquerware has developed independently by incorporating techniques that have been handed down from China. It is characterized by gorgeous decorations using gold.
Okinawa has a warm climate, so tropical fruits such as pineapples and mangoes are abundantly harvested. The production volume of sugar cane and bitter melon is the largest in Japan. In addition, Okinawa soba using local ingredients is a local speciality.