Okinawa Blog

Where did Shisa come from? The origin of the name Shisa comes from ‘Shishi’ which comes from the Sanskrit word for lion, सिंह siṃha. In Yaeyama dialect, islands off the coast of Okinawa, the word is ‘Shiishii’ and Shisa has come to existence through that pronunciation. Around 6000 BC, statues of lions were sculpted as a symbol of strength in countries such as Egypt and India. The statues were brought to China through the silk
Okinawan Culture

2018-10-18

Who Is Bokunen?

Bokunen Naka Born in 1953 Izena Island, Okinawa, Japan   If you have ever visited Okinawa, Japan you have probably visited American Village. If not and you plan on being in Okinawa, you most definitely need to go. One place some people overlook when visiting this area is Akara Gallery. Although set right in the bustling center of American Village, it’s overwhelmingly tall walls and rounding shape makes it easy to miss the entrance. If
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(Video: Japanese available only) Due to the lack of resources after World War II, Okinawans utilized the empty Cola and beer bottles thrown out by the American military who occupied the island. The bottles were melted and remade into what is now famously known as Ryukyu Glass today.  Recycling and reutilizing already available resources is a part of the Okinawan way of thinking, an obvious mindset when living on an island with a limited amount of
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Horseradish Tree Family Moringa oleifera Moringa has so. many. uses. Moringa is native to Africa and Asia but cultivated in many parts of the world that are semiarid, subtropical and tropical. It is a part of Ayurvedic medicine in India as an antibiotic, aid in childbirth, treatment of liver diseases, and more. Various countries utilize moringa, such as people in Haiti using it to treat colds and in Africa to treat diarrhea. Other uses of
Okinawan Fruits and Vegetables
Consuming turmeric is good for you but it can be even better. Inside turmeric is something called curcumin. It is what makes turmeric such a healthy spice. Curcumin is a major active component of turmeric and makes up about 2 ~ 6% of it. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and wound healer. It is also highly effective towards metabolic, pulmonary, hypoglycemia, and respiratory conditions. We aren’t absorbing curcumin properly though. It is hardly
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Is the US the Fattest Country in the World? There is a lot of information out there today on obesity, but it seems to all lean towards the United States of America. The US has gotten quite a bad rap as the fattest country in the world. This may have been true a few decades ago, but the tables have turned. Now the majority of countries and their waistlines are growing without realizing it. Luckily,
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