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Okinawa

Okinawa Prefecture (Japanese: 沖縄県 Hepburn: Okinawa-ken, Okinawan: ウチナー Uchinaa) is the southernmost prefecture of Japan

Several characters in The Karate Kid franchise are from Okinawa, including Mr. Miyagi, his family, Sato, Chozen, Yukie and Kumiko. Miyagi's Karate also originates from Okinawa. Okinawa is also the primary setting of The Karate Kid Part II.

Description

It encompasses two thirds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) long. The Ryukyu Islands extend southwest from Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.

Although Okinawa Prefecture comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all United States military personnel stationed in Japan are assigned to installations in the prefecture. Currently about 26,000 U.S. troops are based in the prefecture.

Trivia

  • In The Karate Kid (1984), Mr. Miyagi refers to Okinawa as "[his] country". Technically, this is incorrect because Okinawa is now a part of Japan, and has been since 1879. However, Okinawa was independent for centuries prior to becoming a part of Japan.
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