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Okinawa is a sub-tropical island in southern Japan. Take a journey with James Knott as he explores the entire island from north to south and learns about this unique culture.

From the remote northernmost point of Hedo Misaki to the bustling traffic of Kokusai-Dori, no stone is left unturned.

Many different aspects of the culture are explored including the shisa dog, Okinawan bullfighting, musical traditions, the world's largest tug-of-war, Wildlife and family life.

This is a great DVD for someone who wants to learn more about the life on the island of Okinawa or anyone who has strong ties to the island and wants to take a walk down memory lane.

Chapter List:
1 Intro
2 Heading North
3 Hedo Misaki
4 Hiking Route 58
5 Hentona to Ogimi
6 Family in Nakijin
7 Nakijin Castle and Village
8 Ie-Jima
9 The Jungles of Yonaha-Dake
10 Ocean Expo Park
11 Togyu - Bullfighting
12 U.S. Military and Central Okinawa
13 Katsuren Castle
14 Naha
15 Kokusai-Dori
16 Musical Traditions
17 World's Largest Tug-of-War
18 Heiwa-Dori and Makishi Public Market
19 Shisa and Tsuboya Pottery
20 Shuri Castle
21 Shikinaen
22 Tamaudun
23 Sefa Utaki
24 Gyokusendo Cave
25 WW2 Peace Memorial
26 Final Thoughts"

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Product Details

  • Actors: James & Chissy Knott, Satoko & Karl Kortlandt, Annie & Joby Johnston, Tsuneko, Haru
  • Directors: James Knott
  • Writers: James Knott
  • Producers: James Knott
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Agile H Productions, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D0G3MK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By James J. Knott on July 23, 2008
Format: DVD
Hello, My name is James Knott and I am the producer of this video. It is about my experience traveling around the island of Okinawa. I just wanted to post the product description since I didn't see it elsewhere on Amazon. Below you can find the chapters that are on the DVD. Thanks for watching. Enjoy!

Tour of Okinawa
Okinawa is a sub-tropical island in southern Japan. Take a journey with James Knott as he explores the entire island from north to south and learns about this unique culture.

From the remote northernmost point of Hedo Misaki to the bustling traffic of Kokusai-Dori, no stone is left unturned.

Many different aspects of the culture are explored like the shisa dog, Okinawan bullfighting, musical traditions, the world's largest tug-of-war, Wildlife and family life.

This is a great DVD for someone who wants to learn more about the life on the island of Okinawa or anyone who has strong ties to the island and wants to take a walk down memory lane.

Chapter List:
1 Intro
2 Heading North
3 Hedo Misaki
4 Hiking Route 58
5 Hentona to Ogimi
6 Family in Nakijin
7 Nakijin Castle and Village
8 Ie-Jima
9 The Jungles of Yonaha-Dake
10 Ocean Expo Park
11 Togyu - Bullfighting
12 U.S. Military and Central Okinawa
13 Katsuren Castle
14 Naha
15 Kokusai-Dori
16 Musical Traditions
17 World's Largest Tug-of-War
18 Heiwa-Dori and Makishi Public Market
19 Shisa and Tsuboya Pottery
20 Shuri Castle
21 Shikinaen
22 Tamaudun
23 Sefa Utaki
24 Gyokusendo Cave
25 WW2 Peace Memorial
26 Final Thoughts

Cast:
James & Chissy Knott, Satoko & Karl Kortlandt, Annie & Joby Johnston, Tsuneko, Haru, Asato Seiichi

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If you are looking for a stuffy, high-budget video tour of Okinawa, this video is not for you. However, if you are looking for a view of Okinawa from someone who shows a passion for the culture, you might want to give this a look. Mr. Knott provides a comprehensive tour of the island's many fascinating sites, and his love for his subject is obvious. Not only do you get to see the various points of interest in Okinawa, but you get a glimpse of life inside an Okinawan household when Mr. Knott introduces his wife's Okinawan relatives. The presence of these relatives in the video and the warmth with which they invite the viewer (and the producer) into their lives adds depth to the geographical tour by adding authenticity to Mr. Knott's portrayal of the Okinawan people.

My family will be moving to Okinawa soon, and this tour of Okinawa just increased our excitement.
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I took a chance on this DVD and am happy I did. The guide hits most of the major spots on the main island of Okinawa. It took me back to my times visiting my relatives in Okinawa. I miss them so much. I loved the DVD, but except for Ie-jima, they never leave the main island. That's why I only gave it 4 stars. There were a few places on the other islands I would have liked to see. It was great seeing Shuri, Naha and the Churaumi Aquarium. Also, seeing the bullfights reminded me of going to the bullfights with my uncle as a little girl.
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Could have done without the gratuitous shots of his friends, but it was a good final product. It seems like a reasonable review of island-wide events and locations, but far from complete. It seems as if he took one trip to Okinawa and filmed a lot while there. Then he turned it into a movie for sale. As a result, it misses some things and pays only a glancing reference to other important locations and tourist sites. For instance, he missed the Japanese Navy's underground headquarters, but we were "treated" to a 10 minute walk up an overgrown path where he stood on top of a marker and strutted a pose (FYI, you're not supposed to stand on the marker). If you're going to Okinawa it's a nice reference and it does disabuse the American viewer from the Hollywood "Karate Kid II" impression.
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Very good for a person planning a trip to Okinawa, or just to know more about it. We are moving there, but had a tough time finding this type of information despite utilizing various resources to try and acquire information. My kids learned from watching it, and now we know more than probably the typical 3 year island dweller about fun and unique things to do. I also liked that the filmmaker was not only a tourist, but had family ties to the area, it added authenticity to the film. It is also a calm, no frills video which I like. A great value for any person moving there, or for anyone-adult or child- to learn more about this wonderful place.
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This fairly brief video tour of Okinawa was more like a home video with narration culled from Wikipedia. The person doing the video has Ryukuan family ties which adds to the experience, I guess, but it felt more like "visiting my family in Okinawa." I rented it because I was curious to see modern Okinawa, having lived there for a couple of years in the early '60s when it was anything but modern! Pretty disappointed.
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This travelogue covers the island from top to bottom with surprisingly good photography and narration. It gave us a good preparation for our forthcoming trip to Okinawa after being away for over 25 years. It opened our eyes to a lot of things to do and see which we might not otherwise have considered.
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