Monday, April 16, 2012

151 photographs of Okinawa soon after World War II

On April 8, the Ryukyu America Historical Research Society acquired 151 photographs of scenes in Okinawa during the period from directly after World War II to the 1960s. The collection includes photographs of people and scenery all over Okinawa from its northern area, including Ogimi to the southern area, including Itoman. A sequence of photographs gives us a view of the dilapidated buildings of the first Okinawa Prefectural Junior High School, a savvy dealer selling an Okinawan farmer’s kuba hat to a U.S. soldier, and scenery of Itoman, which in those days was then crowded with houses with tiled roofs that had somehow survived having been exposed to fierce naval bombardment.

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