Art Print Cape Zanpa Okinawa

2020 Fall Collection: Okinawa – The Island We Call Home

COVID19 has left so many fans staying home, stores shut, post-service paralyzed. COVID19 also turned out to be the greatest catalyst for creativity. Okinawa hasn’t had a summer without tourists for years. In 2020, Okinawa resumes to the quiet and peaceful island she used to be, which allows us to capture the best of Okinawa’s nature without distractions from the endless flood of tourists and everything and everyone who comes round serving them. (Tourism is good. Okinawa needs it. But having less tourists made this collection possible.)

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Cape Zanpa

Cape Zanpa has always been the stage for the clash of forces. It is here where the sea conquers the landing, inch by inch for millions of years. It is here where heroes have fallen, where divided territories unify into one Ryukyu kingdom. It is also here when the U.S. troops landed, followed by a bloody battle that led to many deaths and the end of WWII. 

Today, many come to share a moment of the beautiful Zapan sunset with loved ones. Few only know the stories came before them. 

This drawing highlights many attractions near Cape Zanpa. They make Zanpa one of my favorite places in Okinawa. I hope one day you will come to Cape Zanpa, to see the color of the sky, to listen to the wind’s whisper, to smell the breeze from the sea.

Yambaru Sakura

In Japan, sakura awakens first in Okinawa. Unlike sakura in mainland Japan, Okinawa sakura doesn’t grow in packs. Instead, they sprinkle all over the island, from Mt. Yae to the street of Naha. Every January, follow Meijiro’s singing, and you will discover a blooming sakura tree, quietly reaching to the sky, waiting to be found. 

I stumbled upon a peaceful old village in Oogimi (part of Yambaru region of Okinawa). The area is split by a river. One by one, fully bloom sakura flowers dive into the water, continue on a journey to the sea. Driven by the current, the flowers spin as if they were saying goodbye to the mother tree. 

Kouri Island

Kouri Jima – the island of love. According to local legends, the father and mother of Okinawan people met on a beach in Kouri island. They fell in love and, together, they created the people of Okinawa. Today, many come here with their partner for the creators’ blessing. Many years later, the story will come to a full circle, when the descendants of those blessed by the island follow their accessors’ footprint, once again, to the island of love.

In this drawing, you will find everything on Korui island that makes a romantic relationship possible. Follow once was the longest cross-ocean beach to the island, you will pass Korui beach, Korui ocean tower, heart rocks, the couple rock, and the very spot where the first romantic relationship in Okinawa took place. Before you go, get some take-out garlic shrimp from the island famous Kouri shrimp truck.

Shuri 

Shuri Castle, the symbol of Okinawa that will live in our hearts forever. Shuri castle is only an invitation to the story of the Ryukyu kingdom. In this drawing, you will find many building blocks that make Ryukyu one of the wealthiest kingdoms in the Pacific possible. Follow the paths, they will lead you to Shurei Gate, Kinjo Tatami Stone Road, Nami No Ue Shrine, Tsuboya Pottery District, Port of Shuri, and even modern-day Kokusai St.

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