Visitors to Okinawa are fascinated
by the unique culture formed through diverse influences from various regions.
Historically, the people of Okinawa have
embraced the people and culture of
various countries and regions,
and meeting and connecting
with the locals here are one of the charms
in visiting the islands.
The gentle sounds of the Sanshin,
a three-stringed instrument that is
unique to Okinawa,
and the breathtaking
beauty of the seas and land will help you
unwind and soothe your body and mind.
We invite you to experience all that Okinawa has
to offer through the three navigators
who relocated to Okinawa, enchanted by its allures.
The experiences and discoveries so special
and unique to Okinawa are sure to move you.



Daniel LópezFilmmaker & Photographer

Take a Ride on an Okinawan Sabani
Feel the Traditions and History of a Maritime People

On these islands of Okinawa are cultures and traditions so unique and enchanting,
nurtured across centuries and developed by the many generations of an island people. Since first setting foot on the island, Daniel López, a Swiss filmmaker and photographer, has been captivated by Okinawa and its deep-rooted history. On this day, Daniel López focused on Okinawa’s marine culture, an aspect that is deeply connected to the people and history of Okinawa. This rare and exciting experience involves a ride on the brilliant blue waters of Okinawa in a Sabani, a traditional wooden fishing boat. Seeing and feeling the traditions shaped by the forefathers of Okinawa on a traditional Sabani in an exhilarating ride on the water using only the powers of the wind and Ueku paddles, is truly a great Okinawan experience.



Hayato MakiCEO, Simple Life Adventures
Patagonia Ambassador

A Mystical Waterfall Hidden
in the Jungles
Adventures on Iriomote Island,
the Galapagos of Asia

Nestled deep in the jungles of Iriomote Island is the magnificent Mayagusuku Falls.
Iriomote Island is still one of the least explored islands within the Okinawa Islands, and to reach this waterfall requires permit applications to relevant agencies, as trekking without a guide is prohibited. The challenger on this tour is Hayato Maki, a professional surfer who has travelled the world and who now resides on Okinawa. It was Hayato’s first time on Iriomote, and he set off on his adventure of trekking through the dense subtropical jungle to reach the mystical waterfall with the words: “Nature always has lessons for us. Actively enjoying nature involves risks, but by understanding, being prepared, and experiencing these risks, they makes us grow.”



Jade BurnetteCEO/Founder of Kenko Leaf

Nature x Culinary Artists Relish the Special Yanbaru Time

Christal was charmed by the many and diverse allures of Okinawa, and she decided to relocate from the U.S. in 2016. Her health-conscious lifestyle made her the perfect candidate for the culinary tourism experience which took place in the beautiful northern region of Yanbaru, where the whole area is designated as a national park. The picnic lunch had an abundance of foods nurtured and grown in this area, and were prepared by the local experts who also assisted in the harvesting. Enjoy the blessings of Yanbaru in this wonderful experience which will surely soothe your body and soul with the natural energy and goodness of the ingredients grown in this region.