Ryukyu RE-Imagined is an on-going project that I started to recreate the old scenes of Ryukyu and olden Okinawa.
Okinawa used to be an independent kingdom named Ryukyu (琉球) with her own language, Uchinaaguchi, until the late 18th Century. During her flourishing years, trade with neighboring countries bloomed and trade routes extended to as far as Europe and South East Asia.
Many of the important cultural properties and whatnots of Ryukyu and olden Okinawa was lost through assimilation of Japan or destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Some faded with time and city planning. There were however little to no written and photographic archives of them.
Over time, especially with the change in urbanscape, restoring the past seems even more challenging than ever.
A quote in Monument Men goes:
You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it’s as if they never existed.
***I never intend for this whole project to hold any particular political stance. I fully acknowledge Okinawa as Japan.***
Ryukyu RE-Imagined is solely my intention to re-imagine all the beautiful stuff of Ryukyu and on a deeper level, the good values they have. Things like filial piety, respect and gratitude for Nature, great regards for human lives and all. King Sho Shin built Engakuji to enshrine his late father, King Sho En, and at the risk of losing sovereignty over their own land, the Ryukyu Kings never allowed their subjects to be bought or sold.
These can make the world a better place.
SO! Let our imaginations work~ ❤