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The Okinawa Story Map: A Journey of Hidden Secrets

In the heart of the Pacific, on the island of Okinawa, a map was born—not just any map, but a story in itself, a journey through hidden secrets and a tale of discovery. If you’ve stumbled upon this page, whether as a proud owner of my Okinawa map or a curious soul eager to learn more, welcome to a narrative unlike any other.

It was May 2016 when this map first saw the light of day. Since then, I’ve been a wanderer of sorts, attending events across Okinawa, sharing not just a map, but a piece of art that holds the essence of this island. Meeting people, hearing their stories, and watching their eyes light up as they explore the map is a story in itself.

The Okinawa Map

People from all walks of life, whether new to Okinawa or long-time residents, find themselves drawn to the map, hovering over it, tracing its lines and colors. It’s more than just geography; it’s a conversation starter, a bridge connecting people, and a spark for curiosity.

But here’s the irony: I’ve always claimed I’m no writer, just a designer. Yet, here I am, penning down the very secrets that the map holds. Each typographic twist, symbol, and hue on this map is a story from Okinawa, waiting to be told. And while I wish I could share these tales with everyone in person, I find myself turning to words—this time, online.

Creating a community around the map

This series is my invitation to you. If you’ve met me, heard my stories, or simply been touched by the map, I ask you to join me in this journey. Spread the word, share these secrets, and let’s lead more souls to the beauty of Okinawa.

To those who’ve encouraged me, visited my table at events, and reached out in person or through messages, your enthusiasm is the wind beneath this map’s wings. Before we dive into the tales and secrets, share this series with those who hold Okinawa dear.

Now, let the journey begin. Let’s uncover the hidden stories woven into the fabric of the Okinawa Map.

Desmond Liang,
Founder and lead designer, Oki Social