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Doug Daulton
24th October 2000, 05:56
Welcome to Ryukyuan Culture and Traditions ... one of three new E-Budo forums dedicated to the martial arts and culture of the Okinawa and her sister islands in the Ryukyu Archipelago.

Due to their strategic position as both a military and trading ports, Okinawa and the rest of the Ryukyu Islands have, throughout history, been heavily influenced by China, mainland Japan and now the USA. Despite this fact, these islands have maintained a distinct martial and civil culture all their own. These forums have been created to allow E-budoka the opportunity to share and gather information related to the Ryukyus.

This specific forum ... Ryukyuan Culture and Traditions ... will focus on all non-martial arts related aspects of the Ryukyu Islands ... from Ryukyuan foods (soba, sattan doggi, etc.) ... to Hogen and other Ryukyuan dialects ... to Awamori (Okinawan rice whisky) ... to the shamisen (an Okinawan lute) ... to the impact of the US and Japanese military presence on the island.

This forum exists based on the belief that it is difficult to really understand any art, martial or other, without at least some understanding of the culture from whence it sprang and still grows.

All E-budo forum guidelines/rules apply. Enjoy!