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  • A performer entertains a crowd on Kokusai Dori 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
  • 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
  • A genki (happy) Okinawan Obaasan dancing with an awamori bottle balanced on her head at RyuKyu Mura in Onna 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
  • In 1799 Okinawa's Shikinaen Royal Garden was built to entertain envoys of the Chinese Emperors. The garden is a circuit-style garden with a Chinese-style arch bridge is situated across a large pond in the center of the garden, and a Chinese-style hexagonal building, called Rokkakudo, is located on a small island in the middle of the pond.


    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
  • 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
  • Ceremony with the Daikokuten (Daikoku Mask) god of wealth, farmers, food, and good fortune at RyuKyu Mura in Okinawa Japan. This mask can be used as a disguise or to benefit from the luck and protection of Daikoku.


    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 Shinto priest performs a traditional ceremony called "jichinsai" asking the earth spirit to bless the streets of Naha City in Okinawa so they may be a safe and prosperous environment. This ceremony is usually performed before a construction project begins 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
  • Okinawa was originally known as Ryukyu Kingdom which had a unique culture despite being influenced by both Japanese and Chinese culture. Ryukyu Mura is a is located in Central Okinawa and is a place where the traditions of Okinawa are preserved including various forms of Okinawan dance.


    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 near Camp Butler and an ETC (expressway) overpass in Okinawa, Japan. 

  • A Shinto procession passes by a corner store 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
  • The Shikinaen gardens is a circuit-style garden with a Chinese-style arch bridge is situated across a large pond in the center of the garden, and a Chinese-style hexagonal building, called Rokkakudo, is located on a small island in the middle of the pond. Okinawa's Shikinaen Royal Garden was built to entertain envoys of the Chinese Emperors. 


    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 harvesting sugarcane in Yomitan Village, Okinawa Japan. Uji, or sugarcane, is the largest crop in Okinawa Prefecture. Brown sugar is made by boiling the juice squeezed from the sugarcane. It’s high in calcium and all kinds of minerals. Also, the material left over from straining the juice of the sugarcane is known as “bagasse” and, as it contains many dietary fibers, its powdered form has recently gained popularity as an effective product for good digestion.


    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.

  • Araha Beach is 610 meters long and is located in Araha Park, Hamby Area in Chatan Town.

  • 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.

  • Kinjo-cho is a castle town in Okinawa Japan that was constructed in 1522 when Okinawa was known as the Ryukyu Kingdom. In World War II, during the Battle of Okinawa, all of the roads in Kinjo-cho except for this one 300-meter stretch of cobblestone were destroyed.

  • 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.

  • Aerial photography of the Manzamo cliffs in Onna Village, northern Okinawa Japan.

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