Explore Okinawa: Art, Culture and Cuisine from the Ryukyu Islands


Okinawa Prefecture is a chain of islands that forms an arc off the southwestern tip of the Japanese archipelago. Located near the center of East Asia, Okinawa has developed a unique culture through its tropical climate and trading with other Asian countries since the 14th century. In this program, participants have the chance to delve into the strikingly unique culture of the tropical islands of Okinawa. Takao Kadekaru, Senior Executive Director of the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau, introduces the Okinawan way of life through history and local culture. Hiroko Shou, Professor Emeritus of the University of the Ryukyus and a specialist in nutrition, speaks about Okinawan cuisine and its relationship with longevity. Textile artist Hiroshi Jashiki discusses Okinawan arts and crafts, including the vibrantly colored bingata textiles. Moderated by Susan Hamaker, freelance writer and President of the Okinawa American Association in NY.

This event originally took place on November 3, 2015. Learn about upcoming talks at Japan Society.

Okinawan Vibes Talks+ Programs were co-organized by Okinawa prefectural government. Food Talk series is sponsored by Kikkoman Corporation. In the 2015-2016 Season, Talks+ Programs at Japan Society were generously sponsored by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG). United Airlines was the exclusive U.S. Airlines sponsor of Talks+ Programs at Japan Society. Additional support was provided by Chris A. Wachenheim and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.