Beaches, bases, battles: The seven-decade fight for Okinawa

Updated 0822 GMT (1622 HKT) June 17, 2018

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Ginowan, Japan (CNN)Akiko Urasaki knows what it's like to grow up with the specter of war.

She's spent her life in the shadow of a vast complex of US military bases in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture.
She doesn't, however, associate them with danger.
"We see the base as another space of life, not a space for preparing for war -- we don't see that part," Urasaki, now a rapper who goes under the moniker Awich, 31, told CNN.
It's where, as a child, Urasaki took English classes after school and experienced a world full of super-sized ice creams, hip hop and opportunity. Without realizing it, US culture became part of an identity that she's now proud of.
Akiko Urasaki, a rapper who goes under the name "Awich," grew up in the shadow of the US bases on Okinawa.