In Okinawa, sacred sites can be found on many of its 160 islands. Each remote island likely has its own set of legends and mythology attached, while further stretching the concept of “Islands of Gods.”
After the Meiji Restoration the Imperial Japanese Army worked to ensure such an intrusion could never happen again and began a decades-long program of building modern coastal defense fortresses around the nation.
Unlike in South Korea or Bhutan, winter in Okinawa doesn’t take a lot of spicy hot-pot-type dishes to get through. That may be one reason why the subtropical island didn’t offer many spicy foods in the past.