Ryukyu Mura, which translates to Ryukyu Village, is a recreated village from the times of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Old Ryukyuan homes, some nearly as old as 200, were moved from all corners of Okinawa and reassembled here in the hope to share this unique heritage to the world. There is a wide showcase of Ryukyuan culture such as Okinawan architecture, handmade crafts, local cuisine, folklore, music, theatrical performances and even Okinawan costumes which offer a perfect photo shoot opportunity to anyone passionate. On the day of our visit, we were fortunate to watch a lovely live Okinawan musical presentation as we enjoy our lunch over the famous Okinawan soba. As we listened and clapped and cheered along, I came to a realization that music, no matter what language, is a universal expression of the soul. I neither speak nor understand Japanese but I did not go this far to use a mediocre excuse not to appreciate the culture. Be curious and be passionate, everyone and everything has a story to tell. Okinawa has interesting ones.
Here is a short clip from one of the live musical performances of native Okinawan music to enjoy:
Check on Google Street View below for an additional information and perspective on Ryukyu Mura Village:
I want to see the performances and the displays. Do they regularly have the performances?
I believe they do. The show we watched was scheduled at noon and we did not even expect it. It was a short one but it was nevertheless entertaining. If my memory serves me right, the performances are every after 2 hours. Got to confirm that still.
Also, they have shisa mask making class there too :)
Got here! It’s the same as Okinawa World. Just a little different with all the houses. Love the performances. And boy! they have tons of shisas. And yes, I particular enjoy seeing the drunken shisa. :D
Wait, were you at Ryukyu Mura yesterday? Hubby and I visited there again yesterday! We should have met.