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The Best of Okinawa Living: A perfect holiday gift

Date Posted: 2010-11-11

The authors The Best of Okinawa Living, a 300+ page pictorial compilation produced by the award-winning staff of Okinawa Living magazine, are staging a book-signing featuring the principal writer, designer and photographers this weekend, and there will be a free postcard for every book purchased.

The book is broken up into chapters that illuminate specific subjects. Brief History of Okinawa touches on the islands’ gusuku, or castles, and chronicles a few historical highlights. Places takes readers on a virtual tour of southern, central, and northern Okinawa as well as surrounding isles and islets. Okinawan Icons explores the region, the prefecture’s people, and many aspects of the island’s unique culture.

Holidays, special occasions, and festivals are a big part of Okinawan and Japanese culture. Celebrations highlights Okinawan Matsuri, or seasonal festivals, including the Naha Great Tug-of-War (a contest using the largest rope made of natural materials in the world), and the island’s distinctive Dragon Boat Races.

The Ryukyu Archipelago is well known for its natural beauty, so Nature takes readers on a brief sightseeing expedition to Okinawa’s quickly-disappearing northern forests called Yanbaru, the island’s many caves (including the massive grotto known as Gyokusendo), the prefectures many beautiful beaches and more.

Traditional Okinawan cuisine has recently received praise and notoriety among the health conscious, so Food & Drink sheds light on the nutritious and tasty diet of the Ryukyus. The archipelago’s greatest treasures are its living ones, so the People chapter showcases a day in the life of a few Okinawans, including their trades, philosophies, and thoughts.

Art Director/Photographer Henry Ortega and Photographer John Burgreen will sign copies of The Best of Okinawa Living and/or Postcards of The Best of Okinawa Living at the Bookmark inside the Kadena BX from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. The team will be joined by Managing Editor/Writer/Photographer Mike Daley, at the Foster PX from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26. The Best of Okinawa Living is available at select AAFES locations in Okinawa for $34.95—making it the gift of choice for your friends and family members back home.

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