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Ryukyu Umi, a special limited edition of the Okinawa Map

After two years of listening to our fans and fine-tuning the Okinawa Map, we have continuously introduced more hidden symbols and created three different color schemes. We sometimes jokingly say that every time Apple launches a new iPhone, we publish a new version of the Okinawa Map. In fact, we have republished the Okinawa Map four times within the last two years!

This time, it's different. We want to create a version of the Okinawa Map that is as timeless as our memories of Okinawa.

How can a map be timeless?

Everything eventually goes away, let alone a map made of paper.

For an artwork to be timeless, it must also capture something timeless.

We chose the sea.

The sea around Okinawa has created and continues to shave Okinawa and its people, it has outlasted everything and everyone on the island.  To capture the sea in a map, we went out to capture the colors of the Okinawa sea at different times of the day and apply them to the design. To make the map physically long lasting, we use weatherproof paper and ink with special coating to protect the artwork.

making of the map

Due to the complexity of the production process, we can only produce a small amount of Ryukyu Umi Okinawa Map each month. They will be distributed store locations in Okinawa and online shop.

We will announce the latest availability on this page. Bookmark it, follow our Facebook page, or sign up for our email newsletter for monthly availability announcement so you can get your hands on one of the timeless artwork produced in Okinawa.

Where To Buy (August 2018)

BB Coffee, Okinawa City

10 prints only for August 2018, price in Japanese Yen
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Address: 3 Chome-12-26 Awase, Okinawa, Okinawa Prefecture 904-2172

Hours: Open Thursday to Monday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Secret In The Map #8: Heart Rocks on Kouri Island

Kouri island is a small island in northern Okinawa, connected by once was the longest cross ocean beach in Asia. Kouri island has become a checkpoint for visitors, yet still relatively underdeveloped.

The color of the ocean under of Kouri bridge is the symbolic blue and green mix of the tropical Okinawa sea. Under direct sunlight, it is so beautiful that it’s compared to the mythical creature in the Okinawa folk tale.

Kouri Bridge Okinawa Japan

Kouri bridge connecting Okinawa main island and Kouri island

It’s believed that there was a creature from the sea which feeds on the soul of man. If the beast spotted a man on the beach, it would lure him by appearing as a beautiful young woman standing in the middle of the ocean. She is so beautiful that her face cannot be forgotten once looked at. The man would come back to the beach every day, hoping to meet the beautiful woman again. When she appears in the middle of the sea, the man will walk towards her. Once inside its hunting range, the creature revealed its real face and pulled the man further into the ocean. After the man’s soul was taken, the beast returned to the beach to find another victim. The Ryukyu king found out about the soul-eating creature and its crime against his people, he asked for the Ryukyu god for help ( Okinawan people believe their god lives among people). God caught and killed the creature in human form while it was seducing a man into the ocean. The beast died as a beautiful woman. God sealed the beautiful woman at the bottom of the sea, and her beauty has turned into the beautiful colors we see today under Kouri beach.

It takes about ten minutes to drive around Kouri island, somewhere you will see signs pointing out to the ocean that reads “ハートロック” – Heart Rock in English. Follow the sign down the beach, and you will see many parking lots with a small pathway down to the beach. Congratulations, you just discover the most loving place in Okinawa. You will see two rocks out in the sea with the shape of heart standing side by side. Kouri island is also known as the Island of Love because of these two rocks. Legend says that they were once two lovers trying to marry each other despite the disapproval of their family ( families were formed by arranged marriage back in the days ). They threaten to commit suicide by drowning in the ocean together. Again the Ryukyu god was touched by their love ( Oh yeah, the Ryukyu god was a busy man ), so he turned the couple into two heart rocks in the middle of the sea, so they can be together and never be separated by their families.

Heart Rock Kouri Island Okinawa

Heart Rocks on the island of love, Kouri Island, Okinawa. 
Photo credit: Shelby Jo-Lynne Photography

The more realistic version of the story is the bottom of these rocks though, like many other in Okinawa, has been washed by the tide and wind for centuries, so they appear as how they are today. With a little bit of human imagination, two ordinary rocks have turned into one of the most popular tourist spots in Okinawa.

While you are in the area, I recommend you also check out Churaumi Aquarium, which has the most massive seawater tank in Asia, stop by Motobu to learn about their famous fish, and get a taste of the Okinawa Aguu pork. You can also continue north to find wonderful fruits produced locally in Okinawa.

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Where to Buy The Map

The Okinawa maps are sold in a number of locations in Okinawa, please find a store near you to buy the map. If you live outside of Okinawa or if you want to send a map to your friends and family, we can ship the map to anywhere outside of Okinawa.

Visit a Store or Order Online, We Ship Worldwide from Okinawa

Secret in The Map #4: Kaichu Doro

From far away, it looks like a bridge stretch 5 kilometers across the ocean, connecting Okinawa main island and Henza island. It is a road build on top of the shallow seabed – Kaichu Doro. In Japanese, it means “the ro

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