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  • The Heiwa Dori district in Naha City, Okinawa Japan added to Denver Gallery photos


    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
  • Araha beach is located in Chatan town in Okinawa, Japan. Pictured are two Okinawan women talking and watching the sunset.


    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
  • Added an image from Okinawa's annual tug-of-war held during the Naha Matsuri (festival). This is the largest natural rope tug-of-war in the world. What you see in the picture is the rope on Hwy 58 being swarmed by people that will be pulling the rope from whatever side they happen to be standing. Naha Great Tug-of-War is a three-day event is held every October in Naha City. The Naha Great Tug-of-War uses a 200-m rope that is made of rice straw and weighs 43 tons, a Guinness World Record. The tug-of-war rope itself is said to be good-luck and pieces of the rope are cut off and taken home by both participants and observers.


    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
  • Mangroves cover the landscape near the Cape Zanpa lighthouse 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
  • Tsuboya is a pottery district in Naha City, Okinawa Japan and has a history that days back over 300-years.

    Known as yachimun in Okinawan language, plates, bowls, figurines, and other pottery produced locally are a functional part of everyday life on Okinawa and the yachimun pottery itself has an interesting story to tell about Okinawa culture, its history, and its people

    The Tsuboya pottery district escaped much of the devastation inflicted on the rest of Naha during the Battle of Okinawa, and the streetscape with its narrow winding alleys, known as sujiguwa in the Okinawan language Hogan, gives a glimpse of a time gone by. Tsuboya is a place full of pottery workshops handed down by local families over several generations.

    Every year in early November the Tsuboya Yachimun-dōri Matsuri is held but on a daily basis visitors to his pottery district will see local shops that lines the streets selling pottery created by local artists. 


    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
  • Stone walls and red-tiled rooftops line the streets of Okinawa's Pottery Village where traditional Okinawan pottery known as "yachimun" can be found. Yachimun is Okinawan for pottery and the Tsuboya district in Naha is the yachimun area where potters traditionally lived.


    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 Manza Mo cliffs along the shoreline of Onna Village in Northern Okinawa. (2006)


    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
  • Shurijo Castle became the kings’ castle after the unification of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and served as the center of politics, diplomacy, and culture during the Ryukyu Kingdom era. 


    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 shoreline of Yomitan Village in 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
  • A seaweed farm on a rocky beach in Northern Okinawa 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
  • Okinawan men paddle during a dragon boat race in Itoman, a city in Southern 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
  • Okinawan children prepare for the Naha Matsuri on Kokusai Dori (street) in Naha City, 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
  • A festival (matsuri) taking place during the annual Obon holiday in Okinawa City, 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
  • Okinawa Living

    A seaweed farm on a rocky beach in Northern Okinawa, Japan. Ie Island is 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
  • A view of Ie Island from a rocky beach in Northern 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
  • Man fishing from the seawall near the Ginowan Marina (Ginowan City) at sunset in 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
  • Two Okinawan girls watching the sunset at Araha beach in Chatan Town, 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
  • Okinawan obaasan (grandmother) having fun at the Yakena Dragon Boat Matsuri. 


    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
  • 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
  • The blue oceans, pure white sand, and arch shaped rock faces at Suniyama beach create a play of light and shadow that could very well be called natural art. Miyako Island is a relatively flat island made of elevated coral reef. There are no rivers on the island, and due to the fact that the soil does not flow out into the sea, Miyako Island is well known for having numerous beaches of exceptional beauty and are considered among the most beautiful beaches in all 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
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