The Ryukyu Kingdom existed as a separate entity with extensive contact with China as well as Japan, especially the Satsuma Daimyo, and paid tributes to both. Japan formally annexed all of the Ryukyus in 1879, and held it until the end of World War II. After which the Americans controlled the islands until they were returned to Japan in 1972.
This category is for sites in English related to Ryukyu culture in Japan, including its lifestyle, origins, history, language, and related topics.
CNN - Okinawa's Culture
Okinawa's culture not well-known to outsiders. (Multi-media presentation available.)
International exchange to China, history of past colonial rule from Meiji period.
Ryukyu Cultural Archives
Structure of culture, independent history from colonial occupation, dance, and music.
Assimilation Policy in Okinawa: Promotion, Resistance, and Reconstruction
Examines Chinese contacts, the Meiji Period, assimilation, and effects of WWII. (October 01, 1996)
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