Okinawa Local Customs

  • Local Customs
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  • Local Customs
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  • Local Customs
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Okinawa Local Customs

  • Innocent Girls of War - Himeyuri...

    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...

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  • Buffet Time Limits

    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....

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  • Ancestral Worship

    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...

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  • Music

    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...

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  • No Tipping please!!

    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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  • AWAMORI(Okinawa's Special alcohol)

    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

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  • moving in

    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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  • Be careful with your chopsticks

    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...

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  • Haunted Houses

    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!)

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