Okinawa Map – A Unique Piece of Memory About Japan’s Tropical Paradise
This Okinawa Map is created in Okinawa by local artist Desmond Liang, and it has been taking the island by a storm. Following the shape of each city in Okinawa, the designer used the name of each city in Japanese to make up the map of Okinawa main island.
There are three different colors to choose from, and all colors are token from objects in real life.
Red & orange is the color of the hibiscus flower, known as the flower of Okinawa.
Green is the color of the Okinawa Adan ( also known as screwpine). They can be seen all over the island and their fruits look like pineapples hanging from the branches. Blue is the color of the sky.
Blue is the color of the ocean during sunset at cape Zanpa in Yomitan, and the purple is the color of the sunset sky.
About The Print
Paper: Semi-Glossy, 135g heavyweight paper.
Print Size: A2 (420 x 594 mm / 16.5 x 23.4 in)
*Frame not included. Want a custom handmade frame made with Ryukyu wood? Contact our friends in King Custom Wood in Okinawa.
The Secret In The Map
From far away, the map looks like a play in typography. Look at it closely, you will find familiar symbols being incorporated into the kanji (Japanese/Chinese characters). Each one of these symbols has a story behind it. The designer spent his first year in Okinawa traveling around the island and collected folktales and anecdotes from the locals. Undergoing rapid development due to the tourism boom, traditional custom and old stories about Okinawa are fading away. Okinawa is the island of abundant, but many who have lived and traveled to Okinawa don’t know each Okinawa city offers a unique line up of local produces and products and are unique and exclusive in Okinawa. The symbols are meant to spark curiosity. By asking questions and understanding the meaning of each symbol, you will be led to discover a whole new world about Japan’s subtropical paradise.
The designer regularly hosts meetups to explain the symbols on the map in various location in Okinawa. If you are in Okinawa, follow Oki Social on Facebook for future event announcement.
Where To Buy
Purchase via Paypal, receive worldwide.
Red & Orange
Green & Blue
Blue & Purple
The locations listed below carry the map. Shipping is not available within Okinawa. If you wish to purchase the map in Okinawa, please visit these locations. They are 1,300 JPY in store, frame not included.
Chatan: GOOD DAY COFFEE (best brunch in the universe)
Google Pin: https://goo.gl/maps/imnQZg47aiL2
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
Okinawa City: BB Coffee (coffee that hits the spot)
Google Pin: https://goo.gl/maps/Y8iewyaANBz
Open Thursday to Tuesday, 7:00am – 7:00 pm