okinawa traditional culture

Traditional Culture

Okinawa’s traditional culture is a unique blend of homegrown and outside influences

The word champuru—Okinawan for “mixed”—is often used to describe the culture of the islands. Its unique traditions are a fusion of endemic cultural practices and outside influences, from mainland Japan, Asia, and the US. Explore the islands’ performing arts, centuries-old crafts, festivals, and traditional villages to connect with the culture.