Okinawa has its own original culture that differs from the Japanese mainland. There are also many differences between the islands, Ishigaki and the Yaeyama islands have their own set of spirits and small gods.
This is a growing page, thank you for discovering the Ishigaki and the Yaeyama islands with me!
The Shisa (シーサー Shīsā) is a creature from Okinawan folklore that looks like a cross between a dog and a lion. If you take a walk in Ishigaki, or on any of the Okinawan islands, it is hard not to notice the many Shisa guarding both rooftops and house entrances. Shisa is believed to ward off evil and there are many folktales about them.
There are many dishes, vegetables and fruits that are unique to Okinawa and the Yaeyama islands. Here I will post some local specialties that you simply have to try to get the full culinary experience from this region.