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Chadokoro-China Restaurant  entrance, 223 Makabe Itomanshi, located in the southern part of Mainland Okinawa

Chadokoro-China Restaurant entrance, 223 Makabe Itomanshi, located in the southern part of Mainland Okinawa

Naha, Okinawa ca. 1950-55, by Blackie the Photographer

Naha, Okinawa ca. by Blackie the Photographer

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Circa 1955 Road to Nago, Okinawa

Okinawan rice paddies, 1950s, by Blackie the Photographer

Okinawan rice paddies, by Blackie the Photographer

The pretty path through World Heritage Site SEE-FAA UTAKI in southern Okinawa.  This used to be a much more fun, totally free (and awesome) place to visit before the Government got involved.   This "Ancient and Holy Site" has now been turned into a tourist trap, complete with restaurants, shops, massive paved parking lots, rent-a-bikes, and....and an admission fee to walk here.  So much for the positive effects of being designated a new World Heritage Site.

The pretty path through World Heritage Site SEE-FAA UTAKI in southern Okinawa. This used to be a much more fun, totally free (and awesome) place to visit before the Government got involved. This "Ancient and Holy Site" has now been turned into a tourist trap, complete with restaurants, shops, massive paved parking lots, rent-a-bikes, and....and an admission fee to walk here. So much for the positive effects of being designated a new World Heritage Site.

Okinawa Cliffside by Brad Bourdage on 500px

Okinawa Cliffside by Brad Bourdage on

Good for him!  Okinawa Governor Orders a Halt to Work on U.S. Military Airfield - The New York Times

Okinawa Governor Orders a Halt to Work on U.S. Military Airfield

Okinawa Governor Orders a Halt to Work on U. Military Airfield - The New York Times

Go to the World's Largest Tug of War. It's the world's largest tug of war held annually in Naha. It marks the start of a festival dating back to the 17th century. Anyone can participate so get there early to get a spot. The contest lasts 30 minutes and the challenge is to pull the other team   a total of 15 meters. If neither side pulls the other the 15 meters,   whichever side has pulled the other the furthest wins.

Things You Absolutely Have to Do on Okinawa

World's Largest Tug of War held annually in Naha. It marks the start of a festival dating back to the century.

Been there, done that!  Old Hwy1 North, Ginama, near Cape Hedo  - Then and Now (Photos) A Scene from Ginama in Okinawa Japan

Old North, Ginama, near Cape Hedo - Then and Now (Photos) A Scene from Ginama in Okinawa Japan

HIGHWAY 58 -- SEEING DOUBLEWHILE LOOKING SOUTH FROM THE TOP OF MT. HEDO | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)

HIGHWAY 58 -- SEEING DOUBLEWHILE LOOKING SOUTH FROM THE TOP OF MT. HEDO | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)

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Maps of the businesses around Okinawa 1956

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Maps of the businesses around Okinawa 1956

Okinawa sunset - can't have too many of these!

Okinawa sunset - can't have too many of these!

Ohhhhh!  The sunsets!!!!!!!!!!!!

Day 2 of our Kume Island in Okinawa Weekend Adventure, from sunrise to sunset in the tropics and a visit to a deep water spa, Bade Haus Kumejima, amazing!

Uka, Kunigami, Kunigami District, Okinawa

Photo of No-name, in Okinawa

Shinzan Yamada at work, taken by Blackie the Photographer which was published in his (Blackie's) book, 'This is Okinawa, ca 1954.'  Related:  One of Yamada's books,  'Okinawa, Her Beauties and Traditions, No 1,' Painted by Shinzan Yamada

Okinawa, Her Beauties and Traditions, No Painted by Shinzan Yamada

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