Happiness In Okinawa Is...

The Book: Happiness in Okinawa is…

A book about all the tiny moments that make us happy in Okinawa, and in life. Now Available.

After 14 years working in the corporate world, Desmond Liang came to Okinawa to search for a slow happy life. Island life is slow and everything seems a little behind. The highway speed limit in Okinawa is 80km. Uber doesn’t exist. People still use bankbook to withdraw from an ATM. Desmond started to question his decision of moving his entire family to a small island. An island where everything seems to be very behind.

Although everything in Okinawa seems slow and stripped down to the essentials, Okinawans are some of the happiest people in the world. Inspired by the Happiness Is… series by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar, Desmond uses his pen to draw moments that make him happy in Okinawa. 365 drawings later, his life changes. Doubt turns into love and joy. During this process, Desmond discovered the secret to be happy is brain dead simple.

The book was published on September 30, 2019, with 365 happy moments in Okinawa. This book is a celebration of simple joy in life, but it is also a tool to help its reader to become happier.

What You Will See In This Book


The drawings in this book warm up my heart.

Mr. Tony Yoshikazu Higashi, Japan Tourism Agency VISIT JAPAN Ambassador

A Book Funded 100% by Our Fans

This is a self-published book. With self-publishing, everything must be paid before we can sell. From design to printing, to marketing, to sales development, the massive upfront cost isn’t something we can swallow as a small business. We rallied around our fan base to raise funds to produce the book. Within two months, we passed our fundraising goal, a dream became a reality, thanks to our superfans.

Own A Copy, Support An Artist

The book is sold in-store and online.

Store Locations

Ichikyu72 Okinawa Lifestyle Shop

LocationOutlet Mall Ashibinaa, 2nd floor, next to the tax return counter


AEON Mall Okinawa Rycom

Location: Kitanakagusuku, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa 901-2300
* Our kiosk shop is located on the 2nd floor outside of Uniqulo


BB Coffee (Okinawa City)

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/yPZhZ8ua1hE2
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Good Day Coffee (Chatan)

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/PJds7vm67dp
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US Military Bases in Okinawa

Kadena Gift Corner (Kadena AFB)

Products: Okinawa & Japan map poster, artwork prints, fridge magnets, postcards.

Location: Bldg 436, Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan
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Fleet Gift Shop (Camp Shield)

Products: Artwork prints, fridge magnets, postcards.
Exclusive products: Dragon boat related artworks

Location: Bldg 6300, Camp Shields, Okinawa, Okinawa
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Marine Gift Shop (Camp Foster)

Products: Okinawa map poster, artwork prints, fridge magnets, postcards.
Exclusive products: Ryukyu Umi Okinawa map poster

Location: Building # 1011 Camp Foster, Okinawa, Okinawa
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