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Okinawan Studies: Government Sources

This guide to introduce you to resources on Okinawa and Ryukyu.

History and Culture of Okinawa

The History and Culture of Okinawa by Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education (online resources)

The site is written in English, and last updated in June 2014. 

Part One: The History of Okinawa

  1. Prehistoric Times to the Gusuku Period
  2. Ryukyu Kingdom Era
  3. Modern Okinawa
  4. The Battle of Okinawa
  5. American Occupation
  6. Okinawa After Reversion

Part Two: Life and Culture

  1. Changing Types of Dwellings
  2. Community Scenes
  3. Festivals and the Performing Arts
  4. Culinary Culture
  5. Ryukyuan/Okinawan Literature
  6. Royal Entertainment and Karate
  7. Traditional Crafts

Post-WWII to Reversion (1945-1972)


Printed Resources

  • Subcommittee No. 3 Consideration of H.R. 12617, To Amend the Act Providing for the Economic and Social Development in the Ryukyu Islands hearings before ... CIS Hrgs MF Gp 3--(89) H2236-0.6  (UHM Gov Doc)
  • The Ryukyu Islands in 1961 : a report of progress  D 102.2: P 94   (UHM Gov Doc)
  • Scientific investigations in the Ryukyu Islands (SIRI) report  DS895.R9 N3  (no.1,1952-no.8,1954)
  • Claims of Certain Inhabitants of the Ryukyu Islands hearings before the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs ... CIS Hrgs MF Gp 3--(89) H2129-12  (UHM Gov Doc)
  • Helpful hints for personnel ordered to U. S. Army, Ryukyu Islands  D 101.22:608-11  (UHM Gov Doc)

Resources related to the Battle of Okinawa

The Cabinet Office Okinawa Development & Promotion Bureau Database / 内閣府沖縄振興局


Okinawa Sōgō Jimukyoku (part of the Cabinet Office) / 内閣府沖縄総合事務局 []

Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation / 公益財団法人沖縄県産業振興公社  

Okinawa Studies Librarian

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Sachiko Iwabuchi 岩渕祥子
Asia Collection Department
University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
Room 402
sachiko.iwabuchi [at]
(808) 956-2311

After Reversion (1972-Present)

             National Archives

Resources Related to the Battle of Okinawa

             Japanese Government Okinawa Resources Department