Island of the long-lived, Okinawa

Island of the long-lived, Okinawa

Okinawa Island holds the secret to a long life

Did you know that the Okinawa Islands are the setting for various anime and movies? You will be surprised about some of the movies, read on to find out more! These islands are in the East China Sea and part of the Ryukyu Arc. Beautiful beaches, limestone caves, coral reefs and rare cat species are just some of the interesting things you can come across there. It is a fact also that the residents of this island live longer than any place in the world, you may have heard somewhere that in Japan people live longer, this is the place. For every 100,000 Okinawan inhabitant, there are 34.7 centenarians, more than three times than the rest of Japan! People have suggested that the secret to their success is their diets that include fish and seaweed, their low-stress lifestyle and the spirituality of its inhabitants.

Blood+

Blood+

For those that want to visit Okinawa City in anime, Blood + is a nice anime to begin with. It is a Horror/Science Fantasy about Saya, the character from the anime movie Blood: The Last Vampire. Blood + starts off in Okinawa City (Koza) on the island. Another anime set on the island is Prince of Tennis, the sports anime. All the members of the Tennis club are Okinawan, you can see that with their dark skins since many Okinawans skins are a bit darker than most of the rest of Japan.

Karate Kid

Karate Kid

Here are other media that Okinawa appears in The 1956 movie Teahouse of the August Moon starring Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford is set on the island (Actually the actual filming took place in Japan near Nara and a Californian studio). The kaiju movie Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) is also set on Okinawa with several scenes set in the recently discovered Gyokusendo Caves. The movie even has a shisa dog in it as a monster. The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) was set in Okinawa. Mr. Miyagi returned home to Okinawa with his student Daniel LaRusso. Only small segments of the movie were shot there.

Here is a video that shows more on the island, made by the Okinawa Prefecture Tourism board. Please follow our link: http://bit.ly/Welcome-to-Okinawa

Here is a clip from the first Blood+ episode. Please follow our link: http://bit.ly/Blood_plus-Episode1-clip

Here is the official trailer for the movie The Karate Kid, Part II. Please follow our link: http://bit.ly/Karate-Kid-Part2-Trailer

Here is a link to our article of Shisa dog and it features a bit more on Okinawan culture. Please follow our link: http://bit.ly/Shisa-The-Lion-dog-Guardians

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