Wonderful Okinawa

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline)

 

Introduction

When the word ‘Japan’ comes to mind, people will usually think about Hokkaido, Tokyo, or Osaka, as these prefectures are the most popular tourist destinations. Another prefecture that should not be left out on any trip to Japan, one that is distinct from mainland Japan with its similarly ancient culture, different languages, art and distinct cuisine, is Okinawa.

 

History

The prefecture of Okinawa consists of a long stretch of islands situated between four main islands: Okinawa Shoto, Okinawa Honto, Miyako Island, and Yaegama Retto. These four are known as the Ryukyu Islands connecting Japan to Taiwan near the East China Sea. The residents of Okinawa call themselves the Uchinanchu (sea people) and gave their island prefecture the moniker of ‘The rope in the open sea’ because the chain of islands resembles a rope.

Being situated in a strategic location in the centre of the East China Sea, the Ryukyu Kingdom was a wealthy trading nation that connected Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. It was during the 15th Century that King Satto formed a tributary relationship between Japan and China, which profoundly accelerated Ryukyu’s culture and politics.

In 1609 the Ryukyu Kingdom was forced to form another tributary relationship with shogunates of the Satsuma and Tokugawa clans, in which the Satsuma clan received small tax profits from the Ryukyu Kingdom’s trade with China. However, the Satsuma clan’s authority over the islands allowed a degree of domestic freedom in terms of politics for more than two centuries.

The Ryukyu Kingdom was finally disbanded in 1872 during the Meiji Restoration initiated by the Japanese government. It was renamed to Ryukyu-han, and then again to the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan in 1879. During World War II, approximately 120,000 Okinawans, or a quarter of their population, perished in the Battle of Okinawa. The battle also devastated the many historical and cultural remnants of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Okinawa remained under United States occupation until 1972.

A number of historical sites did survive the War, such as the newly-rebuilt Shuri Castle located in Naha, and the tiny village of Taketomi in the southern parts of Yeagama Islands. World War II landmarks found in the main island of Okinawa include the Peace Memorial Park in Naha, the Himeyuri Monument, as well as other war-related locations, such as several American military bases.

 

Location

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Population

Okinawa covers 1,206.96 square kilometres (466.01 square miles) with an estimated population of 1.4 million people.

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Climate and What to Wear

Summer may be long in Okinawa, but there is a significant difference in temperature between day and night, so it is best to prepare suitable clothing based on the time of year you are planning to visit.

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When to Visit

Avoid visiting Okinawa during mid-May to mid-June, as the rainy season might ruin your outdoor plans. If you are interested in water sports such as scuba-diving or snorkeling, it is recommended to visit during July-October since the water temperature will be around 25°C–28°C (77°F–82°F).

Please note that July and September is also typhoon season, so you might experience several days of heavy rain and strong winds. If you are interested in festivals or Okinawan culture, you can visit on New Year’s Day for the Shuri Castle Festival, March for the dragon boat races, August for the Eisa Festival or Naha Festival, and October for Tug of War. Please be aware that crowds may be especially heavy during these times so accommodation may be limited.

 

Long-Lived Okinawans

There is a famous proverb in Okinawa that goes:

“At 70, you are a child. At 80, you are merely a youth. And at 90, if the ancestors invite you to heaven, ask them to wait until you are 100, and then you might consider it.”

Okinawa is home to some of the longest-living people in the world. Residents have an average life expectancy rate of 86 years for women and 78 years for men.

The ancient Chinese used to call Okinawa ‘the land of immortals’. Unlike other countries, common illnesses like heart diseases, strokes, and high cholesterol are very rare here. This is likely due to Okinawans having very social, active lives; low stress levels, and a tradition of keeping fit through a lot of exercise. They also have a very healthy diet, which is very low in calories and salt, but high in nutrition and antioxidants.

Okinawans also practice hare haru bu, which means only eating until they are 80 percent full. The average calorie intake for elderly Okinawans is only 1,800cal per day compared to a 2,500cal per day diet for the average Western male.

 

Food

Okinawa is known for its delicious and unique food culture. Due to its location, most of the food in Okinawa is influenced by Chinese culture. Even so, authentic Japanese elements and flavours in their food still remain.

The food varies from sweet to savory, and below are seven must-try local Okinawan dishes.

 

1. Goya Champurū

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‘Champuru’ means ‘something mixed, while ‘goya’ means bitter gourd, which is included in the dish along with tofu, eggs, pork, and vegetables such as soy sprouts, carrots, mung bean sprouts, and sweet potato slices. It is a healthy dish loaded with Vitamin C, and champuru Goya is prized for its restorative effects, especially during the humid summer season.

 

2. Sea Grapes

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Also referred to as umi budo, this dish is known as the caviar of Okinawa. To fully enjoy its unique flavour, dip it into ponzu (citrus vinegar) before taking a bite. It is also served as a garnish for sashimi (raw fish), or as a main topping for a bowl of rice.

 

3. Mozuku Seaweed

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Mozuku seaweed can only be harvested in the oceans of Okinawa, as the temperature of the waters around the islands gives it its characteristic thickness. This seaweed has a distinct sour taste, is low in calories, and rich in fucoidan, making it a healthy snack. Aside from its taste, mozuku seaweed is also enjoyed for its antibacterial functions, strengthening of the immune system, improvement to lifestyle-related diseases, and for its reputed cancer preventative effects.

 

4. Rafute

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Rafute, or what the locals call buta no kakuni (braised pork belly), is similar to the Chinese-style stewed pork ribs/belly which is known as dong po rou. This dish contains succulent slabs of pork belly cooked in soy sauce, brown sugar and sometimes awamori (Okinawa’s alcohol). This dish is said to prolong one’s lifespan.

 

5. Peanut-flavoured Tofu

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This dessert is also known as ‘jimmy-tofu’, and it has a texture denser than regular tofu. Peanuts are squeezed for their liquid which is then mixed with potato starch to create this dessert. You can eat it on its own, or add grated ginger or brown sugar syrup for extra flavour.

 

6. Sata Andagi

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Okinawans call this snack the ‘local donut’, as it is shaped like a donut and made out of flour, sugar and eggs. It has a crispy exterior, but is soft on the inside, and it is best eaten when warm. It can be served with fresh fruits or a scoop of ice cream. Some restaurants also serve them together with savoury vegetables.

 

7. Shikuwasa

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This extremely sour citrus fruit is commonly known as the Taiwanese tangerine. It is loved for its low sugar content and sourness, and is used to produce juices, jams and used as a garnish to dishes. Shikuwasa juice can be made into a sorbet, and it serves well as a refreshing dessert during the hot Okinawan summer.

 

Places to Go and Things to Do in Okinawa

 

1. Okinawa World

There are many attractions in Okinawa World, such as the Okinawa Craft Village and the Abu Park, where visitors can discover the secrets of the Habu, a highly poisonous snake.

However, the main attraction of this park is the 300,000-year old Gyokusendo Cave, which is open to visitors to explore.

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Gyokusendo Cave, which was discovered in 1967,  is the perfect place for those who need a break from the heat and sunshine, as the cave system has a year-round temperature of 21°C. The cave is filled with thousands of stalagmites and pools of crystal-clear water. It is a peaceful and quiet place that lends itself well to contemplation; all that can be heard throughout the cave is the sound of gently trickling water.

Address: 1336, Tamagusuku, Maekawa, Nanjo-shi, Okinawa, 901-0616
Telephone: 098-949-7421
Hours: 09:00 to 18:00
Admission:

Adult Child
Open Greeting Pass (Cave, Kingdom Village, and Abu Museum) 1,650 yen 830 yen
Cave and Kingdom Village 1,240 yen 620 yen
Kingdom Village 620 yen 310 yen
Habu Museum 620 yen 310 yen

 

Accommodation

These are the recommended hotels near Okinawa World. It is recommended that you do further research to select a hotel that best suits your needs and budget.

1. Hyakunagaran Hotel
Address: 1229-1 Hyakuna Yamashitahara Tamagusuku-Aza, Nanjo 901-0603, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone: 0081-98-949-1011
Website: http://www.hyakunagaran.com/English/

2. Southern Beach Hotel & Resort Okinawa
Address: 1-6-1 Nishizakicho, Itoman 901-0306, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone: +81 98-992-7500
Website: http://www.southernbeach-okinawa.com/

 

2. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

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‘Chura’ means ‘beautiful’ in the Okinawan dialect, while ‘umi’ means the sea. At the Churaumi Aquarium, visitors have the opportunity to explore the mysteries of the deep blue Okinawa Sea. Filled with mystical and rare creatures, one of the aquarium’s main features is huge water tank called ‘the Sea of Kuroshio Current’ where you can observe one of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. It is a must-visit place for fish or aquarium lovers.

Address: 424 Ishikawa, Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 905-0206, Japan
Telephone: +81-980-48-3748
Hours: 10:00 to 19:00
Admission:

  • GENERAL
    1,850 yen (Adults)
    1,230 yen (High School students)
    610 yen (Elementary and junior high school students)
    Free (Children under six)
  • GROUPS (of more than 20)
    1,480 yen (Adults)
    980 yen (High School students)
    490 yen (Elementary and junior high school students)
    Free (Children under six)
  • ANNUAL PASSPORT HOLDERS
    3,700 yen (Adults)
    2,460 yen (High School students)
    1,220 yen (Elementary and junior high school students)
    Free (Children under six)

 

Accommodation

These are the recommended hotels near the aquarium. It is recommended that you do further research to select a hotel that best suits your needs and budget.

1. Okinawa Motobu Guesthouse
Address: 905-0205 Okinawa, Motobu, Yamakawa 571, Japan
Phone: +81 90-9074-0328
Website: https://okinawamotobuguesthouse.jimdo.com/

2. Hotel Orion Motobu Resort and Spa
Address: 905-0207 Okinawa, Motobu, Bise 148-1, Japan
Phone: +81 980-51-7300
Website: http://www.okinawaresort-orion.com/

 

3. Futenma Shrine

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This shrine was built 500 years ago, and visitors and locals go there to pray for good fortune or to enjoy its serenity. Visitors can purchase an omikuji, a strip of paper containing a random fortune, or an ema, a wooden wishing plaque where you can write your prayers or wishes and hang them on the shrine.

There is an underground cave within the temple grounds. To get there, head to the shop next to the main hall and ask the staff for access. Visitors are limited to a maximum 30 minutes each to visit the shrine in the cave. Legend has it that the cave was once home to a lady of unrivalled beauty, who later transcended into a goddess.

Address: Fatima, Ginowan-City, Okinawa Prefecture
Telephone: 098-892-3344
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: Free

 

Accommodation

These are the recommended hotels near Futenma Shrine. It is recommended that you do further research to select a hotel that best suits your needs and budget. Laguna Garden Hotel is a 10-minute drive from the shrine, offers a lot of fun activities, and has a beach nearby.

1. Hotel Southern Village Okinawa
Address: 1359-1 Adaniya | Okinawa, Kitanakagusuku-son, Nakagami-gun 901-2316, Okinawa Prefecture
Telephone: +81 98-935-3030
Website: http://southern-village.okinawa/

2. Laguna Garden Hotel
Address: 4-1-1 Mashiki, Ginowan 901-2224, Okinawa Prefecture
Telephone: +81 98-897-2121
Website: http://www.laguna-garden.jp/

 

4. War Memorials

Near the end of World War II, Okinawa Honto became the site of one of the war’s bloodiest battles. Over 200,000 people lost their lives during the battle, including more than 100,000 civilians and 12,500 Americans.  The devastating effects of the war made a huge impact on the Okinawans and as a result, there are many monuments and museums scattered throughout Okinawa Hondo.

The main memorial to the Battle of Okinawa is the Peace Memorial Park, which has its own museum. At the museum, visitors will gain an overview of the lead-up to the battle, learn about the battle itself, and discover how Okinawa was reconstructed. There are monuments in the park such as the ‘Cornerstone of Peace’, a collection of large stone plates with the names of all fallen soldiers and civilians.

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A few kilometres west of the Peace Park stands the Himeyuri Monument, also known as the Himeyuri no To, which commemorates the fate of the female high school students who worked under harsh conditions in the army field hospitals.

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Another place related to the Battle of Okinawa is the Former Navy Underground Headquarters, which consists of underground corridors and rooms that were once used as the Japanese navy’s headquarters during the war.

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  • Peace Memorial Park
    Address: Mabuni, Itoman 901-0333, Okinawa Prefecture
    Telephone: 098-997-3844
    Hours: 09:00 to 17:00
    Admission: 300 yen (Adults), 150 yen (children)
  • Himeyuri Monument
    Address: 671-1 Ibara, Itoman-shi, Okinawa
    Telephone: 098-997-2100
    Hours: 09:00 to 17:30
    Admission: 310 yen (Adults), 210 yen (High school), 110 yen (Junior high and elementary)
  • Former Navy Underground
    Address: 236 Tomigusuku, Okinawa Prefecture 901-0241, Japan
    Telephone: 098-850-4055
    Hours: 08:30 to 17:00 (October to June)
    08:30 to 17:00 (July to September)
    Admission: 440 yen (Adult), 220 yen (Children)

 

Accommodation

The following hotels are a 12 to 24-minute drive to the Peace Memorial Park or Himeyuri Monument. It is recommended that you do further research to select a hotel that best suits your needs and budget.

1. Southern Beach Hotel & Resort Okinawa
Address: 1-6-1 Nishizakicho, Itoman 901-0306, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone: +81 98-992-7500
Website: http://www.southernbeach-okinawa.com/

2. Hyakunagaran Hotel
Address: 1229-1 Hyakuna Yamashitahara Tamagusuku-Aza, Nanjo 901-0603, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone: 0081-98-949-1011
Website: http://www.hyakunagaran.com/English/

The following hotels are near the Former Navy Underground. We recommend that you do further research to choose a hotel that suits your needs.

3. Hotel Gran View Okinawa
Address: 2 Chome-3-2 Akamine, Naha-shi, Okinawa-ken 901-0154, Japan
Phone: +81 98-859-4890
Website: granview.co.jp

4. Mecure Okinawa Naha
Address: 3-3-19 Tsubogawa, Naha, 3 Chome Tsubogawa, Okinawa, 900-0025, Japan
Phone: +81 98-855-7111
Website: accorhotels.com

 

5. Makishi Public Market

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The Makishi Public Market, also known as ‘the kitchen of the people’ in Okinawa, was established in 1972. There are more than 150 stalls that sell Okinawan products, covering a huge variety of produce from fresh vegetables and fruits, to fresh meat and seafood. A hugely popular tourist destination, the market is always crowded and busy with many tourists coming to get a taste of the local dishes while locals do their daily grocery shopping.

The first floor is mainly for leisure shopping; on this floor, you will find perishables, souvenirs and even cosmetics. Make sure to shop wisely and to compare prices as they may differ between stores.

After exploring the first floor, you can head to the second floor where you will find approximately 10 restaurants. If you are not interested in eating seafood (which is the speciality of most restaurants), then Kiraku offers a variety of 120 dishes to choose from.

Address: 2-10-1, Matsuo, Naha-City, Okinawa Prefecture
Telephone: +81 98-867-6560
Hours: Varies by shops

Accommodation

The following hotels are near the Makishi Public Market. It is recommended that you do further research to select a hotel that best suits your needs and budget.

1. Hyatt Regency Naha
Address: 3 Chome-6-20 Makishi, Naha-shi, Okinawa-ken 900-0013, Japan
Phone: +81 98-866-8888
Website: naha.regency.hyatt.com

2. Crowne Plaza ANA Okinawa Haborview
Address: 2 Chome-46 Izumizaki, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture 900-0021, Japan
Phone: +81 98-853-2111
Website: ihg.com

 

6. Cape Manzamo

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The name ‘Manzamo’, which means ‘ten thousand men sitting on the grassland’, was given by the Ryukyu King Sho Kei. He was so impressed with the wide space that he named it ‘Man’ (10,000), ‘Za’ (to sit), ‘Mo’ (field). Facing the East China Sea, this cape has an interesting shape – that of an elephant. You can see its ‘trunk’ (zoe no hanna) dipping into the ocean.

Address: Onna-Village, Okinawa Prefecture

Accommodation

The following hotels are near Cape Manzamo. It is recommended that you do further research to select a hotel that best suits your needs and budget.

1. ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort
Address: 2260 Serakaki, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken 904-0404, Japan
Phone: +81 98-966-1211
Website: anaintercontinental-manza.jp

2. Sheraton Okinawa Sun Marina Resort
Address: Japan, 〒904-0494 JP-47Kunigami-gun, Kunigami-gun Fuchaku, 66-1 Aza Fuchaku, Onna-son
Phone: +81 98-965-2222
Website: starwoodhotels.com

 

7. Shuri Castle

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Named after the capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom, this castle served as the administrative centre and home for several centuries of Ryukyu kings until Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture in 1879. Some buildings are replicas of the original which had been badly damaged during the war; reconstruction efforts took place in the late 1980s.

Located high on a hill, the castle is covered with dragons, the symbol of the Ryukyuan King. You can easily spot them on the roof and pillars before entering the Main Hall (Seiden). With its ancient architecture, the castle transports you back to a different time and place, and is well-worth a visit if you are curious about the Ryukyu Kings and Okinawan history.

Address: 1 chome-2 Shurikinjocho, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture 903-0815, Japan
Telephone: +81 98-886-2020
Hours:

  • 08:00 to 19:30 (April – June, October – December)
  • 08:00 to 20:30 (July – September)
  • 08:00 to 18:30 (December – March)

Closed on the first Wednesday and Thursday of July
Admission: 820 yen (Adult), 310 yen (Child)

Accommodation

The following hotels are near Shuri Castle. It is recommended that you do further research to select a hotel that best suits your needs and budget.

1. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Naha Shuri Castle
Address: Japan, 〒903-8601 Okinawa, Naha-shi, 1 Chome-132-1 Shuriyamagawachō
Phone: +81 98-886-5454
Website: doubletree3.hilton.com

2. Okinawa Island Hotel
Address: Japan, 〒902-0066 Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi, 35 Daidō
Phone: +81 98-884-3191
Website: okinawahotel.co.jp

 

8. Blue Cave

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The Blue Cave, so named because of the blue lights which vary in hue and shade according to the time of day, is one of the most famous snorkeling and diving spots on the main island of Okinawa. At this popular underwater destination, not only can you marvel the changing lights but you can also see friendly fishes, some of whom are so used to visitors that you can even catch some of them sleeping!

Those who are not certified divers can also snorkel under the guidance of experts, in order to enjoy the underwater delights. Since the Blue Cave is a famous attraction, it is recommended to reserve the first tour in the morning to try and avoid the underwater crowds.

Address: Cape Maeda, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun 904-0417, Okinawa Prefecture
Telephone: +81 98-963-0166

Accommodation

The following hotels are near the Blue Cave. It is recommended that you do further research to select a hotel that best suits your needs and budget.

1. Hotel Nakadoma Inn
Address: 258 Maeganeku, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken 904-0414, Japan
Phone: +81 98-982-5337
Website: nakainn.com

2. Renaissance Okinawa Resort
Address: Japan, 〒904-0416 Okinawa-ken, Kunigami-gun, Onna-son, Yamada, 3425-2
Phone: +81 98-965-0707
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/okarn-renaissance-okinawa-resort/

 

9. Katsuren Castle Ruins

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If you are interested in historical sites, the Katsuren Castle Ruins is the place for you. It was once the seat of Lord Amawari in the 15th Century. According to legend, Lord Amawari was left in the mountains to die because he was a very sickly child. However, the child grew into a powerful leader who took over the Katsuren Castle. He later died during a failed attempt to take over Shuri Castle. Today, only a few stone walls remain of the formerly majestic castle.

Address: Kudeken Chinen Nanjo, Okinawa prefecture 901-1511
Telephone: +81-98-949-1899
Hours: 09:00 to 18:00
Admission: 200 yen (Adults), 100 yen (Children)

Accommodation

The following hotels are a 16 to 20-minute drive away from the Katsuren Castle Ruins. It is recommended that you do further research to select a hotel that best suits your needs and budget.

1. Okinawa Grand Mer Resort
Address: 〒904-2174 Okinawa-ken, Okinawa-shi, Yogi, 2 chome 8-1
Phone: +81 98-931-1500
Website: www.okinawa-grandmer.com

2. Hotel Southern Village Okinawa
Address: 1359-1 Adaniya | Okinawa, Kitanakagusuku-son, Nakagami-gun 901-2316, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone: +81 98-935-3030
Website: http://southern-village.okinawa/

 

Festivals in Okinawa

Okinawa is well-known for its cultural festivals, such as the Eisa Dance Festival, Shuri Castle Festival, Hari Festival, Yaeyama Beach Opening Festival, Naha Tug-of-War Festival, and the Pantu Festival of Miyakojima.

 

1. Eisa Dance Festival

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The Eisa Dance Festival was originally a dance performed during O-Bon, when synchronised drumbeats bade farewell to the visiting spirits of ancestors. The Eisa dance has since evolved into an entirely different kind of performance, characterised by colourful costumes, coordinated movements and a large number of dancers.

While Eisa performances are held all around Okinawa for various occasions, by far the largest and most spectacular Eisa event is the annual All-Okinawa Eisa Festival staged in Okinawa City every August or September. Combining folk music, traditional food and fireworks, the Eisa Festival is immensely popular amongst tourists and locals alike, drawing crowds of more than 200,000 spectators to the Okinawa Koza City Sports Park and Goya Crossing.

Since the end of World War II, the outer islands such as Ishigaki and Miyakojima have assimilated Eisa dancing into their annual calendar due to its growing popularity. Each of them hold their own Eisa festivals and put their own local spin on the dance. Attendance to this festival is free as it is meant for everyone to have fun and enjoy the culture of Japan.

 

2. Shuri Castle Festival

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Every year, the splendour of the Ryukyu Kingdom is brought to life during the Shuri Castle Festival. Taking place over three days near the end of October, the Okinawa Festival features classical Ryukyu music, dance and parades as well as a reenactment of the coronation of the first Ryukyu king.

One highlight of this festival is the Sapposhi Parade between Shureimon and Hoshinmon Gates, during which a procession of people dressed in Ryukyu-era garb traverse a historic route taken by imperial envoys in the days when the tiny kingdom paid tribute to the Chinese throne.

A second grand parade commemorates the rituals of the royal court along Kokusai Street. The third parade held on the final day of the festival retraces the route taken by the king and queen as they visited the magnificent temples which once stood around Shuri.

As the festival is held only once a year, it is easy to miss it but you can still participate in the daily Ukejo ceremony, at 8:25am every morning when the main gates of the castle are opened with great pomp and pageantry.

 

3. Hari Festival

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‘Hari’ are the traditional Okinawan dragon boat races that take place on various dates all over the islands. Of these, by far the most historical and possibly largest race is that in Itoman, held annually around the beginning of June. Immersed with religious ceremonial trappings that date back to the original races held by the king of Nanzan in 1403, the Itoman race is thought to be a ritual to invite bountiful catches by the local Uminchu (fishermen).

Less traditional but equally exciting is the Naha Hari, which features the same colourful boats (called sabani in the local language) as the Itoman race, without quite as much ceremony. What all the races have in common is delicious local food, a festive atmosphere, and dazzling fireworks to cap off a fun-filled day. The race takes place at Tomari Port, which is a fishing port near the Tomarin ferry terminal in Naha City.

 

4. Yaeyama Beach Opening Festival

An annual event held on Kurojima, about half an hour boat ride from Ishigaki, the festival has the distinction of being the first of such festivals to take place every year in Japan. Travelers can sample the ever-popular Ishigaki beef, meet Miss Yaeyama, and dance kachashi-style to the accompaniment of a sanshin band, as residents and tourists alike celebrate on Miyazato Beach.

After a formal proclamation is delivered with traditional and religious undertones, everyone races into the clear sub-tropical waters for a refreshing swim.

 

5. Pantu Festival of Miyakojima

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Rather than sampling local food, listening to folk music, or watching traditional performances, travellers venturing to Miyakojima during the Pantu Festival will more likely find themselves being chased by mud-slinging demons dressed in leaves and wearing fearsome masks.

Also called ‘Pantupunaha’, this festival has its roots in ancient times. Locals in those times believed that on a special day every year, three demons (called pantu in the unique Miyakojima language) formed from a patch of sacred soil. According to local folklore, the pantu emerge from a famous spring near the village of Shimajiri and the three demons – Uya (‘Parent’), Naka (‘Middle’) and Zur (‘Child’) – race through the town rubbing mud on all who cannot get away fast enough.

Perhaps ironically, getting rubbed by the sanctified mud drawn from that ancient spring is thought to be an omen of good fortune, which is why parents and grandparents often put their reluctant children in the path of the volunteers chosen by local priestesses to play the role of the pantu. It takes place in Miyako Island, in early October, with free admission.

 

6. Naha Tug-of-War Festival

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With a 560-year history, this is one of the most anticipated festivals in Okinawa. The Naha Tug-of-War Festival takes place every October. The origin of this tradition dates back to 17th Century competitions between the eastern and the western rulers of Naha. In modern times, this custom is still performed to bring prosperity to Okinawa.

The giant 172-meter long, 32-tonne rope used during the Naha Great Tug-of-War was registered in the 1995 and 1996 Guinness World Records as the largest rope made of rice straw. Thousands of people of all ages, gender and nationalities participate in this festival each year. Admission is free to this festival which also features performances such as lion dancing, fan dancing and martial arts.

 

Travel Guides on Okinawa

Before travelling to Okinawa, it is advisable to read up on some travel books, or search online to help you plan your trip better. The book and app below are recommended to help you plan your trip.

 

1. Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands

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This convenient travel guide written by experienced traveller Robert Walker includes comprehensive information of the 150 Ryukyu Islands, highlighting interesting vacation spots, such as active volcanoes, hot springs, white sand beaches and surf spots, home-grown cuisine, ferry and flight schedules, lodgings, hiking trails and nature walks, family and children-oriented sights, and historical and cultural landmarks.

The guide is illustrated with over 200 colour photos, contains 40 maps, including a large fold-out map of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands with insets for major cities, and also provides practical tips to help you avoid costly mistakes.

 

2. Okinawa Guide NAVITIME Travel App

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NAVITIME Travel is a Japanese website with more than 20,000 articles on Okinawa tourist information, such as beaches, foods, souvenirs and accommodations. The Travel App will be very useful for planning your trip and calling up information on the spot.
References:

  • http://www.ladyironchef.com/2017/02/okinawa-food/
  • http://www.visitokinawa.jp/category/destinations
  • http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7105.html
  • http://www.fodors.com/world/asia/japan/okinawa/travel-tips/when-to-go-106418100
  • http://thesmartlocal.com/read/things-to-do-okinawa
  • http://factsanddetails.com/japan/cat18/sub119/item637.html
  • http://wikitravel.org/en/Okinawa
  • https://www.nanseirakuen.com/en/blog/okinawa-food.html5-okinawa-festivals

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  1. S.Prathap on Oct 17, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Okinawa a much sort place to visit and explore.A land of beauty of the rising sun.It is distinct from mainland Japan with its similarly ancient culture,different languages,art and distinct cuisine.
    Okinawa do have delicious and yummy foods culture for visitor to try out.It also have so many wonderful place to visit.Okinawa is a home to some of the longest living people in the world.Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful article.

  2. Wai Meng Wan on Aug 5, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Okinawa sounds like a cool place to go with for a spot of holiday, having quaint type of festivals, with its food influenced by the China, due to its relative proximity to Chinese Mainland and also Taiwan. A spot of Japan with plenty of sun, if that is your kind of fun.

  3. Stella Cheang on Dec 10, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you for this interesting sharing. The people of Okinawa sounds like they really know how to have fun. The yearly Naha Tug-of-War Festival and the Pantu Festival are really fun! It will be a destination that i will love to visit.

  4. Irene Lim on Dec 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing the interesting information on Okinawa. I would surely love to visit this destination in future.

  5. Fong on Dec 7, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Okinawa sounds like a destination unto itself and not just a part of Japan. The beautiful photos serves as a lure for one to sample the life and scenery of Okinawa.

    There are always stories of the long-lived Okinawans and many have attributed that to the climate and their diet. The one that really interested me is the sea grapes. I have seen these in the villages near Sarasin Bridge in Phuket. I thought it was uniquely Thai until now. What a small world.

    Overall, the life in Okinawa seems idyllic and a great place to recharge and learn something new.

  6. Anne Ong on Dec 5, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Another beautiful place in Japan. Beautiful pictures Okinawa such as, 1. Goya Champurū, 7. Shuri Castle, 9. Katsuren Castle Ruins. And Interesting food like, 2. Sea Grapes, 1. Goya Champurū, 3. Mozuku Seaweed. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this wonderful post. ??

  7. Samfoonheei on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Wow…..Japan seem to be a never ending place of interest for one to visit. Now we have Okinawa a much sort place to visit and explore. A land of beauty of the rising sun. I have not been to any where in Japan yet. What I know that it’s a land of many beautiful shrines , ancient and historical sites , forests and the cherry blosome. Great to read abou these article as it will help me or any other travellers much easier. There are many interesting festivals to see and learn their cultures too. Wow…..Okinawa do have delicious and unique food cultures for visitors to try out. There are a number of place of interest to explore and discover in Okinawa,Japan.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for these details writeup.

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    Dorje Shugden statue in Wisdom Hall located in Kechara Forest Retreat seen to be the largest in the world. We are fortunate to have such a huge Dorje Shugden Statue blessing all the sentient beings, environment and unseen beings . The bigger the statue ,it has brought more tremendous benefits to the surrounding area of Bentong. Over the years this largest Dorje Shugden have attracted many tourist as well as locals to see for themselves the beauty of statue and Kechara Forest Retreat. This huge statue serves to be a light for many, giving hope, blessing, inspiration and merit field for all those who come to receive the blessings of Shugden. Interesting write up.
    Thank you Rinpoche for founding this beautiful place away from the city hectic life

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    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 03:00 PM
    A place where many people around the world experience the art of mindful living. Plum village has a beautiful landscape and quiet environment for anyone to have more freedom, peace and happiness in our daily life.

    Wonderful for all involved looking for peace and calm. The natural surroundings surely enhances the experience. It will also teach the younger generation to appreciate nature.
    Thank you for sharing this article.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 02:39 PM
    Hermits are monks and nuns looking for wisdom. Many go up the remote mountains , spending their time in solitude meditation in order to master their spiritually practice, gaining profundity and knowledge. Its in the mountains away from the city they find a piece of mind to mediate and practice to transform their mind. Watching the video tells us all. Each of the hermits specks with words of wisdom that’s where they earns respect in Chinese society.
    An inspiring man Bill Porter one of the foremost Chinese poetry and essay translators in the world went searching for an answer of the lives of hermits. Bill Porter is the author of the book Road to Heaven, he travelled to hash, remote mountains of Zhongnan Mountain describing his journeys and encounter with Chinese Hermits in the book. Very inspiring documentary which tell us a thousand inspiring words . Life is simple yet the hermits are happy letting go all the worries of the world outside. He discovered then the hermit tradition is very much alive, as dozens of monks and nuns continue to lead solitary lives in quiet contemplation of their faith deep in the mountains.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/hermit-a-profound-documentary-by-bill-porter.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 05:29 PM
    Getting quality sleep is one of the best things that we can do to maintaining a good lifestyle throughout our entire lifetime. People often give up good sleep due to busy lifestyle.

    In fact we need sleep to survive, just like we need food and water, in fact there are many biological processes happen during sleep. Lack of sleep can result in decreased immune system function, decreased body temperature as well as a decreased release of growth hormone.

    Thank you very much for your valuable sharing and all these 10 pointers are good guidelines for those who have trouble sleeping.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:11 PM
    Lady Lhalu Lhacham Yangdzom Tsering, an incredible lady and important aristocratic students of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. A great and influential Gelug lady who devotion to her guru the great Kyabje Pabongka Dorjechang never change despite her life changes from a wealthy lady living luxuries to living in a store room. She received all the teachings and practiced devotedly to her guru, till the end of her life. Inspiring life story of a lady . We shall never leave our guru nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-and-his-yogini-student-the-lady-lhalu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:09 PM
    Very inspiring nun Ani Ngawang Pema a Tibetan Buddhist who stayed in solitary meditation for 45 years. Once in a while it’s good to remind ourselves that there are true spiritual seekers in the world today. She was a student of H.H Trulshik Rinpoche. She was known as the most beautiful girl when she was young in the northeast of Nepal. Many rich and famous families would seek her marriage but she chose a monastery life instead to practice Dharma. Later she stayed in a small hut in solitary meditation for 45 years where nobody see her at all. Soon she became a legend and every one who passed her hut to receive blessings, recite prayers and even circumambulate her small hut.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ani-ngawang-pema-45-years-solitary-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:07 PM
    A beautiful picture of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche cutting our lama’s hairs back in 1984 tells us a thousand words . That’s where our lama begin a long life spiritual journey travelling a thousand miles to India to be a monk. A promise made to his root guru to take ordination and go to Gaden Monastery. Meeting Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had changed our Lama’s life for the better forever. With all the sufferings and hardship our lama had gone through since young had not deter Rinpoche from becoming a monk. The promise was kept, even though Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had since passed away. Rinpoche became a monk and was advised coming to Malaysia and that’s where we have Kechara Forest Retreat today.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. The pictures indeed have a great memories.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/kyabje-zong-rinpoche-cuts-my-hair.html
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    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 12:59 PM
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    Its good to know the reason why this Kuan Yin statue looks a little westernized compared to the ones in Mainland China. Strange thing is, no matter how one depicts Kuan Yin, She always looks beautiful. Thank you very much for the sharing
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    The hummingbirds are so beautiful and stunning. They have beautiful colours on their body. First time coming across these beautiful birds. They are among the smallest of birds, and most specialized nectar-eating birds.
    This article doesn’t just apply to taking care of Hummingbird feeders but also all kinds of bird feeders and anything used to feed birds and animals.Thank you for this wonderful sharing.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:01 PM
    Ancient civilization of China already embraced Vajrayogini lineage long before where Mahayana Buddhism was prevalent. Interesting history of Vajrayogini’s teachings and practice that takes root in China . The practice of Vajrayogini is so deep rooted in China not till I know of until I read this post. It is also a really eye opening for me. The Western Xia empire Xixia was one of the three great barbarian empires ruling over northern China during the Song period. A land of myths and mysteries, monks and monasteries, the enchanting nation of happiness . There is that many rocks and cave formations around empire Xixia. The Vajravarahi/Yogini Cave (Dorje Phagmo Cave) is one such caves. Having a beautiful story behind it . This cave is well known after Vajrayogini reincarnated in human form and her four other dakinis performed tantric rituals. Recording to records this caves dates back to 1004 AD, that’s incredible indeed. Since then many Tibetan high lamas such as Sakya Pandita and 6th Dalai Lama had visited this cave doing retreats and prayers. The 6th Dalai Lama even erected a stupa in the cave.
    With the Chinese government help the cave is restored to this present day. Having Vajrayogini manifested as a princess in China to suit the people of that time and culture. May this cave be well preserved for the Vajrayogini practice to flourish in China.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a special form of Vajrayogini found in China.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/vajravarahi-caves-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:00 PM
    Tara Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan Buddhism, is an important figure in Buddhism. She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha. She is the mother of liberation, and represents the virtues of success through liberating us from our 8 fears such as pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, wrong views, attachment, miserliness and deluded doubts. She will guides us to enlightenment. Beautiful paintings of the 8 Tara with each thangkas illustrate who protect us from the 8 fears. Interesting to see how each and every thangka can illustrate us a thousands words . Knowledgeable write up about 8 Taras and the 8 fears for us to understand better of Tara.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/8-taras-who-protect-from-the-8-dangers.html
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    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 02:59 PM
    The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso was a Gelug Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo. He was one great lama working tirelessly for the benefit of all sentient beings. Many practitioners had indeed benefited from his teachings. He did travelled tremendously in India and internationally giving teachings in monasteries and giving empowerments in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and so forth. Beautiful biography of a great lama who’s most famous work is undoubtedly Liberation in the Palm of the Hand which is still use till this day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-third-trijang-lobzang-yeshe-tendzin-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:19 PM
    Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order and also of one of the largest international Buddhist organizations in Taiwan and in the Buddhist world. He is one of modern China’s most prominent religious figures , well known and respected by many among all people and religious traditions. He has brought changes to the Buddhist world with his humanistic Buddhism. He has been promoting merely in Chinese culture and sticking to his principle not to mix with politics. Master Hsing Yun is a prolific writer and has authored over hundred books in Chinese and later his writing were translated into English and many other languages. Over the years, he has been recognized with numerous awards. He has also gained international prestige for his selfless dedication and contributions towards Buddhism. His contribution toward Buddhism is truly phenomenal, and has helped Buddhism gain a better understanding. Interesting read of a great master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fo-guang-shan-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:17 PM
    Beautiful sharing of Dr. Andrea Galli’s article, with important advice for the Tibetan leadership to consider it. Its time for them to change their views and thinking of ways to benefit the Tibetans instead of politicking the long over due Dorje Shugden controversy. Dalai Lama has stated openly that he wish to return to China, hence the leadership should fulfil Dalai Lama and many Tibetans in-exile wishes. Tibetans have been living in India for the past 60 years , it time for them to be move on to think for the future generations and not depending on USA and India or any other countries. In China , those who had remained there felt happier as China allow religious freedom with many Tibetans practicing Dorje Shugden. The Tibetan leadership working closely with China government for the benefit of all Tibetans as China if they really to want peace, harmony , growth of their country and the preservation of religion and culture for the Tibetans. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/a-tibetan-solution-uncovered-in-modern-diplomacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:13 PM
    Incredible achievements and accomplishments of a great Lama . Lama Thubten Phurbu is one extraordinary intelligence Lama since young. A prominent Gelug lama, is highly respected for bringing Dorje Shugden’s practice and spreading Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition to many people in Tibet. Being outspoken about the benefits of this practice, many monasteries had invited him to consecrate Dorje Shugden tenkhangs , perform Dorje Shugden pujas, and give talks about Dorje Shugden in monasteries throughout Tibet. Lama Thubten Phurbu lives a simple life, spending his time on virtuous and beneficial Dharma works such as building stupas, making statues, printing Dharma books, supporting the poor and needy. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/incredible-lama-thubten-phurbu-and-his-activities.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
5 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
5 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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