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  • 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
  • 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
  • Sunset at the Northern lighthouse on Ishigaki island, Okinawa Japan. 

  • 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
  • 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
  • A seascape from cliffs at the Waji Observatory on Ie Island 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
  • Kudaka Island is said to be the first place created by Amamikiyo who is credited with creating the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa). Festivals to pray for abundant harvests throughout Okinawa originated with Amamikiyo first bringing grains to the region and the king of the Ryukyu Kingdom (Okinawa), as well as Chief Priestesses of the era, would pilgrimage to Kudaka island. Most of Kudaka Island's coastline remains unspoiled and the government of Japan has designated the Plant Community of Kaberu on the northeastern edge of Kudaka Island as an officially recognized natural treasure.

  • Bise is in northern Okinawa Japan and is known for its Fukugi Trees that serve as a windbreak protecting this seaside village and its streets of sand. Large tidepools can be found all along the coastline in the Bise region of Okinawa.

  • 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.

  • Low tide near Hamahiga Island in Okinawa Japan. 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 farmers or fishermen. Though part of Uruma City, Hamahiga Island is connected to Henza Island by the Hamahiga Bridge.

  • Seawall at the Ginowan City Marina in Okinawa Japan.

  • An elderly Okinawan fisherman on Hamahiga Island in Okinawa, Japan.

  • Fishing nets hang on walls in the small fishing village on Hamahiga Island, Okinawa Japan.

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