2013/ Okinawa booth to be opened at Los Angeles Times Travel Show, Feb 23, 24

20130222 Okinawa Travel Show

(Photo courtesy of Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts its own booth at the 15th annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24 at Los Angeles Convention Center.

Travel Show opens from 10:00 am – 5 pm.

Regular admission is $10.

Los Angeles Convention Center is located at 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

http://events.latimes.com/travelshow/

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Okinawan folk music will be performed by Haruo Ishihara, Teruko Ishihana, and Yoshiaki Chinen for three times between 11 am and 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Once known as a Ryukyu kingdom, the kingdom was actively involved in cultural and exchanges with Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

As a result, this fusion allowed Okinawa to develop its own unique culture that is quite different from the rest of Japan.

Okinawa is often regarded as the “Hawaii of Japan”. Being on the same latitude as Hawaii, Okinawa shares Hawaii’s warm subtropical climate, dramatic scenery and is popular among Japanese tourists.

There will be exciting live performances of Sanshin, a banjo-like instrument, cultural lessons, giveaways for the participants.