We invite you on a virtual tour of Okinawa, a group of islands southwest of Japan. The prefecture attracts tourists from home and abroad for its beautiful coral reef beaches and pristine waters. But the real appeal of Okinawa is in its rich traditions. The splendor of the Ryukyu Kingdom, which lasted from 1429 to 1879, is very alive in the arts. But it's not all antiquities. There are also nostalgic traces of the post-War US occupation years, found here and there.