Every year for the holiday season, we design a set of five ornaments for those who wish to receive something authentic from Okinawa. There is a unique theme each year, and the theme for 2022 is …
This year’s designs illustrate the story of a young Okinawan man who left his family to work in the city. He returns to Okinawa to spend the holidays with his family, especially with his younger sister, who dreams about following his footprint to leave their island home. After years in the city but still feels hasn’t gotten anywhere in his career, he is torn. He wishes his sister to see what is out there, but he also feels there is nowhere better than spending time with family on the island where the ocean is clean, and people are caring. They seem to have interesting conversations about their life, family, and dreams.
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The brother returns from the city to his home in Katsuren peninsula of Uruma city. His sister is excited to see him.
“Dinner is ready!” she says. Just like the old day when he returns from the Juku (after school study program).
The brother and sister are hanging out at their favourite hideout – a lily field up the hill. As the sun is setting, Cape Zanpa and the light tower are slowing blending into the disappearing horizon.
The Big Banyan Tree in Uza Beach
Uza beach is a calm, white-sand beach with crystal clear sea water in Yomitan village. The brother and his sister have grown up, so has the banyan tree.
“When you are away, some times I come talk to the the banyan tree. He is like another brother to me.” says the sister.
“Soon I will leave this island to Osaka, like you. I like the city.”
Kouri bridge connecting the Okinawa main island and Kouri island was the longest cross-ocean bridge in Asia. Okinawans believe that their mother god and father god met on Kouri bridge, and then together they created the people of Okinawa. The bridge, to the locals, is the gateway to their origin – the brith place.
The brother and sister are walking on the bridge as they talk about life in the big city vs Okinawa.
Toguchi beach in Kadena is one of the few natural beaches remaining in Okinawa. A popular Japanese TV show back in the 90s had a scene filmed here. In the scene, an elderly woman said in the background
“If you feel lost in the world and everything seem to be out of control, let the ocean reset the clock. “
He wishes his sister to see what is out there, but he also feels there is nowhere better than spending time with family on the island where the ocean is clean, and people are caring.
We hope you like this year’s designs and the story. If you wish to add them to your collection, we can ship to location within Japan and to the USA. Click the appropriate button below.