Okinawa The History of an Island People

Author: George H. Kerr
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9781462901845
Release Date: 2011-10-11
Genre: History

"The first full–length monograph on the history of the Ryukyu Islands in any Western language…a standard work."—Pacific Affairs This book is the definitive work on Okinawan History and an important scholarly work in the fields of Japanese studies and Japanese history. Few people can point to Okinawa on a map, yet this tiny island sitting between China and Japan was and continues to be one of the most crucial Asian nerve centers in all U.S. strategic defense. Ninety percent of all U.S. military forces in Japan are located on Okinawa, one of the Ryukyu Islands, and it was through these troops that the martial art of karate was exported to the United States. In Okinawa: History of an Island People, noted Eastern affairs specialist George Kerr recounts the fascinating history of the island and its environs, from 1314 A.D. to the late twentieth century. The histories of Japan, Okinawa and the entire Pacific region are crucially intertwined so the study of this fascinating chain of islands is crucial to understanding all of East Asia. First published in 1958, this edition features a new introduction and appendix by Okinawa history scholar Mitsugu Sakihara, making this the most comprehensive resource on the small, vital, and intriguing island of Okinawa.

Okinawa

Author: George H. Kerr
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105010244536
Release Date: 1959
Genre: Okinawa (Japan)


Vom alten Schlag

Author: E.B. Sledge
Publisher: Riva Verlag
ISBN: 9783864134104
Release Date: 2013-11-07
Genre: History

Eugene B. Sledge diente als Soldat im 3. Bataillon, 5. Kompanie der berühmten 1. US-Marineinfanteriedivision – der ältesten, ruhmreichsten und größten aktiven Division des US Marine Corps. Im Zweiten Weltkrieg wurde der 20-Jährige an die Front im Pazifik geschickt, wo er an den Gefechten der amerikanischen Armee gegen die Japaner um Peleliu und Okinawa teilnahm. In diesem Buch beschreibt Sledge auf klare und erschütternd nüchterne Weise die Erfahrungen eines Marines an der Front im Pazifik. Die Grausamkeit und Brutalität des Krieges sind darin ebenso festgehalten wie das Gefühl aufrichtiger Kameradschaft, schonungslose Schilderungen wüster Kämpfe sowie rührende Momentaufnahmen am Rande des Geschehens. Ein einzigartiges Dokument des Schreckens und ein weltbekannter Klassiker der Kriegsliteratur.

Ryukyu Kingdom and Province Before 1945

Author: George H. Kerr
Publisher: National Academies
ISBN: NAP:02674
Release Date: 1953
Genre: Ryukyu Islands

Details the history of the Ryukyu Islands before 1945: Pre-history, the period of the Ryukyu Kingdom, the Satsuma Invasion, the transition from Kingdom to Province, assimilation and WWII.

Die verschollenen Traditionen des Okinawa Karate

Author: Jamal Measara
Publisher: Palisander Verlag
ISBN: 9783938305447
Release Date: 2013-02-19
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Traditionen für unsere Zeit Der aus Malaysia stammende Jamal Measara genießt weltweit den Ruf eines der besten Kenner der klassischen okinawanischen Kampfkünste. Anhand zahlreicher Beispiele und Geschichten zeigt der Schüler von Shimabukuro Zenpo und Donn F. Draeger in diesem Buch, was die Philosophie und die Praxis des Okinawa-Karate auszeichnet. Zu den Themen zählen die Rolle der Geduld, die Bedeutung des Respekts, das Verhältnis zwischen Lehrer und Schüler, die Beziehung zwischen Kampfkunst und Heilkunde sowie traditionelle Methoden zum Muskelaufbau und zur Abhärtung. Ein großer Teil des Buches ist den Kampftechniken des klassischen Karate gewidmet. Mit Hilfe von Fotografien und Erläuterungen werden eine Reihe konkreter Anwendungen von Techniken aus den alten Kata vorgestellt, von Verteidigungen, die zugleich als Angriffe eingesetzt werden, bis hin zu Vitalpunkttechniken. Besonderer Wert wird darauf gelegt aufzuzeigen, dass die Kampftechniken einst von kampferprobten Meistern für den Zweck der Selbstverteidigung entwickelt wurden. Im modernen Karate werden viele davon kaum noch gelehrt, weil sie für den sportlichen Wettkampf nicht geeignet sind. Der Autor erläutert, welche nützliche Rolle Tradition in der modernen Zeit spielen kann. Schülern des Karate sollen die Möglichkeiten, die ihre Kampfkunst ihnen bieten kann, gezeigt werden, nicht nur hinsichtlich der Entwicklung ihrer kämpferischen Fähigkeiten, sondern auch für ihre Persönlichkeitsentwicklung, welche im klassischen Budō eine zentrale Rolle spielt. Tatsächlich kann Karate-dō einen lebenslangen Weg darstellen, eine umfassende Schule des Lebens. Karatetrainer erhalten zahlreiche Anregungen dafür, wie sie die Ausbildung ihrer Schüler reichhaltiger gestalten können. Sensei Measara lebt seit 1980 in Deutschland. In seinen Lehrgängen, die ihn in zahlreiche Länder führen, verbreitet und lehrt er die klassischen Kampfkünste Okinawas.

Ryukyu Islands

Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: University-Press.org
ISBN: 1230605045
Release Date: 2013-09
Genre:

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 62. Chapters: Okinawa Prefecture, Ryukyuan people, Ryukyuan languages, Kadena Air Base, History of the Ryukyu Islands, Ry ky Kingdom, Mudan Incident of 1871, Amami Islands, Ryukyan festivals and observances, List of monarchs of Ryukyu Islands, University of the Ryukyus, Ch zan, Taiwan Expedition of 1874, Sakishima Islands, Pechin, United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands, Ry ky independence movement, Okinawa Island, Nanzan, Shimazu clan, Hokuzan, Yoronjima, Cactus Ridge, Amami shima, Iriomote, Kikai Caldera, sumi Islands, Miyako-jima, Nakanoshima, Ishigaki Island, Kuchinoerabujima, Yaeyama Islands, Kaid glyphs, Akusekijima, Kuchinoshima, Shimazu Tadatsune, Hatoma, 1959 Kadena Air Base F-100 crash, Genealogy of the Sh Dynasties, Gusuku, Seifa-utaki, Suwanosejima, Hateruma, Taketomi, Miyako Islands, Okinawa Islands, Yukka Nu Hii, International Association of Ryukyuan and Okinawan Studies, Ikemajima, Ryukyu Trench, Sanzan period, Yokoatejima, Sanba, Okinoerabujima, Shimojishima, Ryukyu Islands legislative election, 1968, Ryukyu Islands legislative election, 1962, Minnajima.

Okinawa and the U S Military

Author: Masamichi S. Inoue
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231511148
Release Date: 2012-06-19
Genre: Political Science

In 1995, an Okinawan schoolgirl was brutally raped by several U.S. servicemen. The incident triggered a chain of protests by women's groups, teachers' associations, labor unions, reformist political parties, and various grassroots organizations across Okinawa prefecture. Reaction to the crime culminated in a rally attended by some 85,000 people, including business leaders and conservative politicians who had seldom raised their voices against the U.S. military presence. Using this event as a point of reference, Inoue explores how Okinawans began to regard themselves less as a group of uniformly poor and oppressed people and more as a confident, diverse, middle-class citizenry embracing the ideals of democracy, human rights, and women's equality. As this identity of resistance has grown, however, the Japanese government has simultaneously worked to subvert it, pressuring Okinawans to support a continued U.S. presence. Inoue traces these developments as well, revealing the ways in which Tokyo has assisted the United States in implementing a system of governance that continues to expand through the full participation and cooperation of residents. Inoue deftly connects local social concerns with the larger political processes of the Japanese nation and the global strategies of the United States. He critically engages social-movement literature along with postmodern/structural/colonial discourses and popular currents and themes in Okinawan and Japanese studies. Rich in historical and ethnographical detail, this volume is a nuanced portrait of the impact of Japanese colonialism, World War II, and U.S. military bases on the formation of contemporary Okinawan identity.

Okinawa and Jeju Bases of Discontent

Author: D. Kirk
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137379092
Release Date: 2013-10-17
Genre: Social Science

This book investigates for the first time the parallels between two island appendages of much larger governments - Okinawa, Japan's southernmost island prefecture, in ferment over historic US bases; Jeju embroiled over a new South Korean naval base. The people of Okinawa and Jeju share a common fear of bloody conflict again erupting around them and suspect their governments would sacrifice their interests in a much larger war in a fight for regional control between the US, Japan, and China.

Resistant Islands

Author: Gavan McCormack
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442215627
Release Date: 2012
Genre: History

Resistant Islands offers the first comprehensive overview of Okinawan history from earliest times to the present, focusing especially on the recent period of colonization by Japan, its disastrous fate during World War II, and its current status as a glorified US military base. The issue of the base is a hot button in Japan and has become more widely known in the wake of Japan's recent natural disasters and the US military role in emergency relief. Okinawa rejects the base-dominated role allocated it by the US and Japanese governments under which priority attaches to its military functions, as a kind of stationary aircraft carrier. The result has been to throw US-Japan relations into crisis, bringing down one prime minister and threatening the incumbent if he is unable to deliver Okinawan approval of the new base. Okinawa thus has become a template for reassessing the troubled US-Japan relationship—indeed, the geopolitics of the US empire of bases in the Pacific.

Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics Volume 33 2013

Author: Jean-Marie Robine, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826109958
Release Date: 2013-02-20
Genre: Social Science

Developed countries and certain regions of economically emerging nations have displaying a rapidly growing population of the oldest-oldónonagenarians, centenarians, and supercentenarians. As this trend continues, we must redirect some of our research on aging to the experience of advanced old age and discovering individual and community factors that improve the quality of life during this life stage. This state-of-the science, multidisciplinary Annual provides a comprehensive discussion of the factors promoting healthy survival and/or ensuring a good quality of life for the oldest elderly. It features an international representation that includes Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Japan, and North America. The Annual disseminates the most current research regarding this population and notes gaps in our knowledge. The book addresses ongoing demo-epidemiological changes regarding longevity, estimates of oldest-old populations, and prevalence of chronic and degenerative diseases, frailty, and old-age dependency. The meaning of healthy longevity as a theoretical concept is explored. Grounded in the fundamental issue of whether or not the prevalence of poor health or poor quality of life inevitably increases with age, recent research and ongoing studies from a variety of perspectives are presented from several nations. The book clarifies the known and hypothetical factors favoring healthy longevity, from genes to social integration. Additionally, chapters explore gender differences in age trajectories and changes over time. Special attention is given to the social and cognitive dimensions of healthy longevity. Key Features: Disseminates new scholarly research about a rapidly growing segment of the populationóthe oldest old Offers multidisciplinary and international perspectives about the factors that promote healthy survival and improve quality of life Addresses the social and cognitive dimensions of healthy longevity Provides important information regarding health care costs for this population Includes the research of seasoned and emerging scholars

The Okinawa Program

Author: Bradley J. Willcox
Publisher: Harmony Books
ISBN: 0609807501
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Health & Fitness

Based on a revolutionary generation-long study of the world's longest-living people, this guide to healthy living is designed to lower the risk of heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and other common ailments, while promoting longevity and making a body resistant to many forms of disease. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.