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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dragon boat racing at Yakena Port 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
  • The Ungami matsuri (festival) in Ogimi Village's Shioya Bay is held for the upcoming harvest season and for the good health of the local population. This 500-year old Okinawa festival has been designated as a national cultural treasure by the Japanese government. Japan has the highest population of of centenarians in the world and Ogimi Village itself has 10 Okinawans over 100-years old as of 2020. 

  • Dragon boat race (hare) in Itoman City, Okinawa Japan. Dragon boat races held on Okinawa are generally held to bless the local fishermen so that they will have a bountiful fishing season. The longest race distance is 2,150 meters during the last race known as Agai Subu. Itoman dragon boat races take place every year in the Itoman Fishing Port on May 4th.


    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 Ungami matsuri (festival) in Ogimi Village's Shioya Bay is held for the upcoming harvest season and for the good health of the local population. This 500-year old Okinawa festival has been designated as a national cultural treasure by the Japanese government. Japan has the highest population of of centenarians in the world and Ogimi Village itself has 10 Okinawans over 100-years old as of 2020. 

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