General information

Destination: Tokyo, Okinawa, Osaka, Kyoto

General information

Japan National Tourist Organization / useful to get the basic Japan related info.

Weather in Japan


Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Tsukiji Market

Tea ceremony house


Required Readings:

Bradley J. Willcox, M.D., D. Craig Willcox, Ph.D, Makoto Suzuki, M.D. The Okinawa Program: How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health--And How You Can Too. Three River Press, 2002.

Additional Readings:

Bradley J. Willcox, D. Craig Willcox, Hidemi Todoriki, Akira Fujiyoshi, Kastuhiko Yano, Qimei He, J. David Curb, Makoto Suzuki. Caloric Restriction, the Traditional Okinawan Diet, and Healthy Aging: The Diet of the World's Longest-Lived People and Its Potential Impact on Morbidity and Life Span. Ann N Y Acad Sci 2007;1114:434-55.

Todoriki H., Katsumata Y., Ohya Y., Willcox D.C., Zheng K., Sasaki S. A Clinical Trial of the Effects of the Traditional Okinawa Diet on Blood Pressure and other Health Indicators: Can DASH-like Results be Achieved? The 22nd Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertention, June 2008.

Todoriki H. Nutrition Transition in Post-War Okinawa Exploring the Link Between Diet, Obesity and Longevity. Lecture of the Department of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology John A. Burns School of Medicine, May 2004.

American Studies Center of the University of the Ryukyus et al. Post-War American Influence on Public Health, Medicine and Health Trends in Okinawa. International Conference on the United States and the Pacific Islands Culture,Science and Politics. Nov 2006.

Todoriki H. Evaluation of Public Health Postwar Rehabilitation Policy: A lesson from the United States experience in postwar Okinawa.

Todoriki H. US public health policy in the post WWII era in Okinawa. Hoken no Kagaku 2007;49(11):738-743.(JAPANESE) 

Useful Websites:

The Okinawa Centenarian Study / many works on Okinawan longevity (particularly with the Okinawa Centenarian Study) can be accessed

The Okinawa Diet Program / Website about Okinawan diet, supervised by the researchers of the Okinawa Centenarian Studies. If you are interested in this website and want to help them, please let the organizers know.


Osaka city

Osaka castle

Okonomiyaki (Japanese pan cake)

Sumo (Japanese wrestling)


Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto