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  • Sunrise as seen from Irabu Bridge in Northern Miyako Jima (Island), Okinawa Japan. Irabu Bridge is the longest toll-free bridge in Japan and to appreciate the scale of what's in this image view a larger image here. Irabu Bridge in Miyako

    Approximately 300 kilometers to the southwest of Okinawa's main island is Miyako Island, a relatively flat island made of elevated coral reef. There are no rivers on Miyako Island, and due to the fact that the soil does not flow out into the sea, Miyako Island is well known for having beaches of exceptional beauty with several beaches on Miyako Island ranking among the top beaches in Japan. 


    Photographer in Denver

    Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

    John Russell Burgreen III
  • An Okinawan man explores a beach while the tide is out with Ie Island visible in the distance.


    Photographer in Denver

    Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

    John Russell Burgreen III
  • The face of a Komainu, often called lion-dogs in English, created at Murasaki Mura in Yomitan Village, Okinawa Japan.


    Photographer in Denver

    Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

    John Russell Burgreen III
  • Traditional Okinawan Eisa battles at RyuKyu Mura in Onna Village, Okinawa Japan. At Ryukyu Mura, the streets are lined with old-fashioned traditional houses, and visitors have a chance to learn about Okinawan culture.


    Photographer in Denver

    Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

    John Russell Burgreen III
  • Sunset at the Northern lighthouse on Ishigaki island, Okinawa Japan. 

  • Sunset at Sunabe seawall near American Village in Okinawa Japan

  • An annual shishi-mai (lion dance) competition at the Uruma bullfighting ring. The shishi-mai has a long tradition in Japan and in Okinawa has a similar dance though the lion there is considered to be a legendary shisa. The heads, bodies and behavior of the shisa in the dance are quite different from the shishi on mainland Japan. Instead of dancing to the sounds of flutes and drums, the Okinawan shisa dance is often performed to folk songs played with the sanshin.


    Photographer in Denver

    Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

    John Russell Burgreen III
  • This major three-day event is held on the second weekend of October each year in the central part of Naha. The main event, the Naha Great Tug-of-War, uses a 200-meter long rope that is made of rice straw and weighs 43 tons, a Guinness World Record, which is then tugged by tens of thousands of people. The rope used for the Naha Great Tug-of-War is said to be a good-luck charm, and pieces of it are cut off and handed out for people to take home. 


    Photographer in Denver

    Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

    John Russell Burgreen III
  • Heiwa Dori (Heiwa Street) is a covered shopping district in Naha City and the entrance to Heiwa Dori can be found on Kokusai Dori in front of Okinawa Mitsukoshi. There are numerous souvenir shops for younger people, with T-shirt shops and folk craft shops along the street. Okinawan-style food courts and old fashioned clothes shops still remain in business here. The shopping streets of Heiwa Dori connect to Yachimun Street, Sakurazaka, and Makishi Public Market.


    Photographer in Denver

    Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

    John Russell Burgreen III
  • This major three-day event is held on the second weekend of October each year in the central part of Naha. The main event, the Naha Great Tug-of-War, uses a 200-meter long rope that is made of rice straw and weighs 43 tons, a Guinness World Record, which is then tugged by tens of thousands of people. The rope used for the Naha Great Tug-of-War is said to be a good-luck charm, and pieces of it are cut off and handed out for people to take home. 


    Photographer in Denver

    Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

    John Russell Burgreen III
  • An Okinawan farmer on Ie Island in Okinawa, Japan. Farmers on Ie Island produce sugarcane, peanuts, and “Ie Beef”.  Visible in the distance is Mount Gusuku which is the symbol of Ie Island and was once used as a marker for ships sailing near the island.


    Photographer in Denver

    Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

    John Russell Burgreen III
  • Umi Bridge in Northern Okinawa Japan.

  • Moonrise over a farm on Miyako Island in Okinawa Japan. 

  • American Village as it was in 2009 before much of the land extension was built up. Visible is the iconic Ferris wheel and Dragon Palace. 


    Photographer in Denver

    Former U.S. Marine and Art Director and contributing photographer to both Okinawa Living Magazine and Okinawa Outdoors Magazine as well as a contributor to Okinawa Guide and the Best of Okinawa Living book published by MCCS Okinawa. I lived 15-years in Okinawa Japan,  2-years in China and am currently a resident and photographer in Denver, Colorado.

    John Russell Burgreen III
  • Aerial photography of the Manzamo cliffs in Onna Village, northern Okinawa Japan.

  • Fishermen haul in the morning catch at the Yomitan Village Port in Okinawa Japan.

  • A section of seawall near Mihama American Village (Chatan Town) in Okinawa Japan. Located in the middle of Okinawa’s main island, the resort town of Chatan is filled with both modern and traditional Okinawan appeal and provides easy access to major sightseeing destinations. It’s an ever-evolving area where you can enjoy marine activities year-round and the entertainment of Mihama American Village

  • Hamahiga island consists of two villages that are on opposite sides of this 7-kilometer wide island (Hama and Higa). Homes in both villages have traditional Okinawan red tiled roofs, stone walls, and residents of Hamahiga island work as either farmers or fishermen. Though part of Uruma City, Hamahiga Island is connected to Henza Island by the Hamahiga Bridge.

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