Okinawa: The Ryukyu Kingdom
*First broadcast on July 14, 2022.
Okinawa Prefecture is a group of subtropical islands in the far south of Japan. It was previously a prosperous maritime trading state called the Ryukyu Kingdom. In the first of 2 episodes about Okinawa, we discover how the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained an independent identity for 450 years. Our guest, historian Uezato Takashi, talks about the clever diplomatic strategies Ryukyu used with its larger neighbors, China and Japan. And we learn how that contributed to an eclectic and original outlook.
Shuri Castle features Chinese and Japanese influences, as well as an authentic Ryukyu appeal
Lacquerware with Chinese or Japanese designs was used in diplomacy
After the Second World War, traditional garments increasingly made use of local motifs