JONESTOWN, Texas (KXAN) — One of the state’s only centers dedicated to the culture of Okinawa, Japan, opened this weekend in Jonestown.

David Williams created the Okinawan Arts Research Studies World Scene in memory of his wife, who passed away in February. Her family emigrated from Okinawa to Hawaii.

“This cultural center helps me keep my wife’s family heritage alive,” Williams said. “As far as the genealogy, the children, it helps me have an avenue to keep her side of the family active in the future.”

At the center, visitors can see traditional paintings, pottery and a martial arts training hall.