Bess Press - Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos

Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoosis an illustrated, transpacific feminist fairy tale for all readers that illuminates an ancient tradition and pushes back against normative standards of beauty.

When Gramma notices how much her granddaughter wishes she could look like a supermodel, Gramma shares how her own mother was made fun of when she moved to Hawaiʻi from Okinawa due to the bold blue hajichi tattoos on the back of her hands.

Gramma then reveals the legend behind those mysterious markings. When the Okinawan Princess is kidnapped by Japanese pirates, will she wait for someone to save her or will she be able to outwit her captors? This trilingual story is written in Hawaiʻi Creole, then translated into Japanese and the endangered indigenous Okinawan language called Uchinaaguchi. Okinawan Princess is part of ongoing efforts to revitalize Okinawan language, history and culture worldwide.

Details

  • Written by Lee A. Tonouchi
  • Illustrated by Laura Kina
  • Japanese & Okinawan translations by Masahi Sakihara

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