Embracing in Okinawa

Okinawa is Japan`s southermost island blessed with white sand beaches and blue oceans that hosts the world`s highest ratio of cenetarians. As of 2008, according to the Japanese Ministry of Health, there are approxoantely 61 such persons out of 100 000. By comparison, the United States only has a ration of 10-20 per 100 000. This project focuses why older Okinawans are so remarkably healthy so far into their senior years and captures moments of their lifestyle. Local community and family embracing, human and nature embracing, embracing Okinawan people, culture, nature, history and aging - for the Okinawans, and the rest of us.

It is a unique collaboration between Yutaka Kobayashi and his students from the University of the Ryukyus to develop the video projection as part of 80+1, A journey around the World, the project of Ars Electronica for Linz09.

Mentor Collaborator: Yutaka Kobayashi

Student Collaborators: Yumi Ichimura, Mikiko Toma, Soken Takahashi, Makino Yamashiro, Yuki Nakamura, Misaki Nishizono, Toshiki Watanabe, Shouko Yara, Daichi Arao, Aino Uechi, Yuusuke Gushiken, Ruri Nagashima, Yuri Morowaki, Hideyuki Uehara.

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