A timely reminder of the violence, pain, horror and tragedy of war, along with the seismic changes war leaves in its wake, Okinawa is a 500+ page collection of short manga by the premiere Okinawan mangaka, Susumu Higa that primarily focus on the events of the Second World War (aka the War in the Pacific) and the following US occupation in recounting the story of Okinawa as it went from peaceful independent kingdom through Japanese occcupation, WW II and the establishment of US military bases during the long occupation that followed the war as the United States and Japan transitioned from enemies to allies, determining the fate of the small island of Okinawa; all the while maintaining an engaging approach to the material presented that is not without a sense of humor.
Includes maps, a glossary and plenty of support material. Hardcover; in black and white with some color.
Translated from the original Japanese by Jocelyne Allen.
Check out this review by Timothy O'Neill on AIPT for a more in-depth look along with a few sample pages.