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Culturally and geographically distinct from mainland Japan, Okinawa was once part of the independent Ryukyu Kingdom. The island chain maintains its own distinct, hybrid flavor and boasts an enviable lifestyle with a focus on physical health through exercise and healthy eating. Okinawa is known for its bathwater-warm beaches (East China Sea on one side, Pacific Ocean on the other), white and coral sand, pineapple plantations, and first-rate diving and snorkeling.

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