Local traditions and culture in Okinawa

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    Be careful with your chopsticks

    by terps94 Updated Jan 6, 2004

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    As any countries in Asia, it has lot of customs that you need to be mindful of. One of the few things you have to remember when visiting somebody's house is to remove your shoes or any footwear you might have. And if your out in a restaurant and you decide to use your chopstick, DO NOT, stick your chopstick into your bowl of rice or food as this symbolizes death to the Okinawa culture. Other than that I recommend the gyoza and dont pass up the sushi.

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    No Tipping please!!

    by terps94 Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    If you're in the city and exploring the different restaurant just a reminder that when you pay your bill that you're not to leave a tip. If you enjoyed your food just say "domo arigato" wich means thank you or say "derishasu" which means delicious.

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    moving in

    by terps94 Written Feb 19, 2004

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    liviing in Okinawa means learning another culture . one of the customs I learned is that when you move to your apartment or house it's customary to bring a gift to your neighbor this is best way to start in your adventure in Japan.

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    Buffet Time Limits

    by olddude Written Oct 15, 2008

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    Everyone likes a buffet right? In fact, they like them so much on Okinawa that most restaurants have an eating time limit. What's that you say? Time limit? That's right...as soon as you sit down to eat, the wait staff will either start a timer at their station or one located right on your table. When your time is up, you must leave the restaurant. Generally, the smaller the place is, the less time you get. The shortest i have seen is 45 minutes and the longest I have seen is 90 minutes, but they are usually about an hour. Why the limit? For one it keeps you from eating them into the poor house and second it enables others to get in and get a chance to eat too. I don't recall seeing this custom on the mainland of Japan.

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    Music

    by okinawa_wave Written Apr 4, 2006

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    Okinawans love music. During celebrations, the delightful sound of the sanshin - a three-stringed lute that originally came from China during the Ryukyu Kingdom Era - and lots of lively dance will capture your senses. The "kachashee" is a dance that is performed by everyone at the end of a party or celebration. Small kids, teenagers, and grandparents all love to dance. You can experience Okinawan music at any festival or by visiting a "minyo" (folk music) bar with live music.

    The Okinawa
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    Ancestral Worship

    by okinawa_wave Written Apr 4, 2006

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    Okinawan spiritualism is centered around ancestral worship. If you visit Okinawa, you will notice many tombs along the coastline and in the hillsides. To some people they look like sotrage bunkers, but they are not. Please do not tresspass as they are the resting places of Okinawans in the afterlife. They are also the scene of much activity during "shimi," which usually takes place in the beginning of April. During this celebration, Okinawans will gather at their ancestral tomb with lots of food and drink and have a picnic-style party after saying a few prayers!

    A variety of colorful food Praying at the tomb
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    AWAMORI(Okinawa's Special alcohol)

    by RoseAmano Written Mar 19, 2004

    Please try it when you come to Okinawa!
    This is a special alchohol of Okinawa,kind of liquor.It's good for you to mix the Awamori with the water.So, it's strong. Alcohol rate is approximately 40%.
    Taste; peculiarity of the smell,but taste is mellow.
    Okinawa people like this, therefore they are longevity.
    I really enjoyed it.

    Junichi

    Okinawa special liquor

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    Innocent Girls of War - Himeyuri Memorial

    by RoseAmano Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This 2nd World War Memorial is dedicated to the 219 High School Girls and Teachers who were diverted from their studies from March 1945 and illegally used by the Japanese Army as nurse interns in hospital for the Japanese war wounded. Within a few months the group was on the run in the middle of the battlefield, performing clean-up work of surgeons in dank, unsanitary caves. Not permitted to surrender and near defeat, the Japanese Army finally gave an order for the group to disband. In the chaos in the midst of war battle, the lives of most of the remaining members were sacrificed thereafter.

    Himeyuri Memorial - Okinawa
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    Haunted Houses

    by Jacquelynn Written Jul 14, 2003

    Superstitons abound in Okinawa. Structures may be halted before completion, and various dwellings are rented at a discount due to haunted rooms, (if you dare!)

    Haunted Structure

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