Okinawan Dance Flowers Far From Home

Hometown Stories

27m 15s
Broadcast on November 13, 2022 Available until November 13, 2024

The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Okinawa Prefecture's return to Japan from US control. Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, is home to many residents with roots in this southwestern prefecture. They support each other in their new home while taking great pride in their Okinawan culture. We follow a group that performs the traditional Okinawan dance called "Eisa" as they prepare for their first show in 3 years amid the COVID pandemic. The untold story of people who began to emigrate to Japan's mainland more than 100 years ago is now coming to light.

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