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Island book perfect Mothers Day gift

Date Posted: 2009-04-24

A special tip: Show mom how beautiful Okinawa is with a copy of The Best of Okinawa Living, signed by the people who created it.

Writer, Managing Editor and Photographer Mike Daley, Art Director and Photographer Henry Ortega, and Photographer John Burgreen will be at the Foster PX to sign copies of The Best of Okinawa Living, and Postcards of The Best of Okinawa Living, on Saturday, May 2nd, from 1 ~ 4 p.m. A book signing will take place Sunday, May 3rd, from 1 ~ 4 p.m. at the Kadena BX.

Those who attend the book signing can win an overnight stay for two at YYY Ie Resort (May 2) or an overnight stay for two at Sun Marina Resort (May 3). The prizes are courtesy of YYY Ie Resort and Sun Marina Resort.

The timing’s perfect, as Mother’s Day is May 10th, just enough time to get an autographed copy and shoot it off in the mail to mom. The Best of Okinawa Living is a 300+ page pictorial compilation from the award-winning staff of Okinawa Living magazine, introducing readers to the islands of Japan’s southernmost Prefecture.

The Brief History of Okinawa touches on the islands gusuku, or castles, and chronicles a few historical highlights. The Places chapter takes readers on a virtual tour of southern, central, and northern Okinawa as well as surrounding isles and islets. Okinawan Icons, which personify the region, the prefectures people, and many aspects of the islands unique culture, cover various subjects that represent the Ryukyu Islands.

Holidays, special occasions, and festivals are a vital 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 islands distinctive Dragon Boat Races.

The Ryukyu Archipelago is well known for its natural beauty. The Nature section takes readers on a brief sightseeing expedition to Okinawa’s quickly-disappearing northern forests called Yanbaru, the islands 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. The chapter sheds light on the miraculous Food and Drink of the islands.

The archipelago’s greatest treasures are the people that live in this sub-tropical paradise. The People of Okinawa chapter shows a day in the life of a few Okinawans—their trades, philosophies, and thoughts.

The Best of Okinawa Living is available at select AAFES BookMark locations for $34.95—making it the gift of choice for mothers and family members back home.

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