Okinawa is a small tropical island in the Pacific Ocean,
just south of mainland Japan and near Taiwan.

An Introduction To Okinawa

Okinawa's climate is semi-tropical with an average annual temperature of 72 degrees. The average annual rainfall is about 82.7 inches. Sugar cane, pineapples, bananas, papayas, guavas, mangoes, passion fruits, and other tropical fruits and plants are grown on Okinawa and its surrounding islands. The total land area of the Okinawa Prefecture is 456 square miles and its population in October 1997 was 1,299,000, of which a quarter of the population live in Naha City, the prefectural capital. Okinawa itself is just 67 miles long! The average life expectancy of men is 76.3 years and women 83.7 years -- this was the longest not only in Japan, but also in the world. Tourism is Okinawa's biggest industry. In 1995, more than 3,150,000 travelers visited Okinawa and the number of tourists still grows.

J.A. Hitchcock with a local asking for directions in southern Okinawa

Pick up a copy of the wonderful book, BEING A BROAD IN JAPAN: Everything a Western Woman Needs to Survive and Thrive by Caroline Pover. Jayne Hitchcock was interviewed for the book (see page 345)

A fan writes:

"I enjoyed your site. I lived on Okinawa for four years in the 1960s. My dad was in the Navy and we were stationed on Naha Air Force Base. I had a friend on Okinawa recently send me two of your books, "Ghosts of Okinawa" and "Folktales of Okinawa". I was so impressed with both and have enjoyed them immensely. Many thanks, and keep up the good work. You have touched many people with your talent."