The Beginning of Okinawan Emigration Life of the Emigrants  The Pacific War and Okinawan Emigrants
The Century of EmigrationReturn to Ryukyu Cultural Archive The China, first ship that Okinawan emigrants boarded Data Archives
Distribution Map of Okinawan Emigrants
Okinawan Network
100-Year Chronology of Okinawan Emigration
Photo-Gallery of Okinawan Emigration
 Post-War Emigration  Another Okinawa  From Okinawa to the World

Welcome to the "Century of Emigration"

What do you feel when you hear the word "emigration?" What is common to emigration is a "goodbye" to the land, family, and friends you grew up to fondly love and a "hello" to the foreign land, culture, and people. The history of people who lived overseas for long years, their lives filled with both exuberant joy and unspeakable sorrow at times, can be called emigration in itself.

How would you link Okinawa and emigration? This site introduces one of the few prefectures in Japan well known for its emigration. The way emigration flourished is clearly evident and undeniable, as you can still spot a location named "Okinawa" on a Bolivian map, and in the Philippines a place is named after an Okinawan, Kozo Oshiro. But these are just a few examples - in the one hundred year history of Okinawan emigration, the tumultuous times and the great dramas of love are simply countless. It is our sincere wish that you experience the century of Okinawan emigration by browsing the site and feel the human drama created by it.

The Century of Emigration
100 Years of Okinawan Emigration

1.The Beginning of Okinawan Emigration
2.Life of the Emigrants
3.The Pacific War and Okinawan Emigrants
4.Post-War Emigration
5.Another Okinawa
6.From Okinawa to the World

Editorial supervision: Tomonori Ishikawa

Text: Chu Toyama
Photography: Okinawa Prefectural Archives, Okinawa Prefectural Museum, Kin Town Board of Education Historiography Section, Kin Town Military Base Affairs Section, Kin Town Namisato District Office, Haebaru Cultural Center, Ginoza Village Museum, Ryukyu Shimpo Co., "Davao Natsukashi No Shashinshu" (Davao Association Editing Division), Tomonori Ishikawa, Tomoko Oshiro, Jorge Seiken Hanashiro, Ken Sonohara
References: "One Century of Japanese Emigration Exhibition" (Okinawa Prefectural Museum) "Naha Onna No Ashioto" (Edited by Naha City General Affairs Women's History Editing Committee & Published by Domesu Shuppan) "Kaigai Okinawa Saishin Joho"(Edited by Okinawa Times Co. & Printed by Kenbundo Insatsu) "Okinawa Daihyakkajiten"(Okinawa Times) "Aru Nisei No Wadachi"(Taro Higa) "Sekai No Uchinanchu"(Ryukyu Shimpo Co.) English translation advisor: Masahide Ishihara