August 14, 2018

Okinawan Textile Event: corrections and other information

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The Okinawan Textile Lecture on August 9 (2018) was a success. The room was filled with the audience, and 67 people watched the event remotely! The Okinawa Collection and other 2 co-sponsors–the Center for Okinawan Studies and the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa–thank the speakers/artists from Okinawa, Eric Wada, the translator, and the audience in the Library and the participants who watched the event remotely.


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Ms. Mieko Taira

Photo above: Ms. Mieko Taira, Kijoka bashōfu. | 喜如嘉の芭蕉布の平良美恵子さん。

Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi and Eric Wada

Photo above: Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi (left) and Mr. Eric Wada (translator) | 読谷山ミンサーの又吉次子さん(左)と御冠船歌舞団のエリック・ワダさん(通訳)。

Ms. Ritsuko Shiroma and Haebaru hanaui

Photo above: Ms. Ritsuko Shiroma (right) on Haebaru hanaui & Ryukyu kasuri | 南風原花織の説明中の城間律子、琉球絣事業協同組合理事長(右)。

Mr. Okishige Maeshiro and Ryukyu indigo

Prof. Okishige Maeshiro at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts (right) on Ryukyu indigo | 沖縄県立芸術大学美術工芸学部教授、真栄城興茂教授(右)。

Ms. Sachiko Yafuso and bingata

Photo above: Ms. Sachiko Yafuso (right) on bingata/katachiki | 琉球びんがた事業協同組合顧問、伝統工芸士の屋冨祖幸子さん(右)。

Okinawan Textile artists from Okinawa

The artists from Okinawa (photo above) | 沖縄からハワイ大図書館へいらした方がた。

Here is the revised list of speakers and their expertise who spoke on August 9, 2018.

SPEAKERS/ARTISTS (corrections are in bold and in purple)

  • Ms. Mieko Taira / 平良美恵子氏 (芭蕉布/Bashōfu)
  • Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi / 又吉弘子氏 (読谷ミンサー, 読谷花織/Yuntanza minsā, Yuntanza hanaui)
  • Ms. Ritsuko Shiroma / 城間律子氏 (琉球絣・南風原花織/Ryukyu kasuri, Haebaru hanaui)
  • Mr. Okishige Maeshiro / 真栄城興茂氏 (琉球藍染/Ryukyu aizome)
  • Ms. Sachiko Yafuso / 屋冨祖幸子氏 (琉球びんがた/Ryukyu bingata/Ryukyu katachiki)


Mr. Eric Wada, co-founder of Ukwanshin Kabudan / 御冠船歌舞団

Sanshin Music Player

Mr. Norman Kaneshiro, who teaches sanshin (三線, a three-string Okinawan music instrument) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


[A] The print resources on Okinawan Textile

Textiles across the seas [= 織の海道]

[001] Yaeyama, Miyako hen [=八重山・宮古編] (2005)

[002] Okinawa hontō, Kumejima hen [=沖縄本島・宮古編] (2004)

[003] Amami, Kagoshima, Kurume hen [=奄美・鹿児島・久留米編] (2005)

[004a] Kasuri: from its origins to its designs: Okinawa, Amami, Kyūshū (2007)

[004b] Kasuri mon’yōshū : Okinawa, Amami, Kagoshima, Kurume = The exquisite ikat patterns and their designs / 絣文様集: 沖縄 · 奄美 · 鹿児島 · 久留米 = The exquisite ikat patterns and their designs (2007)

[B] Online resources

<1>Kijoka bashōfu / 喜如嘉芭蕉布:

<2> Yuntanza minsā, Yuntanza hanaui / 読谷山ミンサー、読谷山花織:

My Hawaii – Yomitan Weavers Planning Hawaii Demo

<3> Haebaru hanaui, Ryukyu kasuri / 南風原花織・琉球絣:

<4> Ryukyubigasuri / 琉球美絣

<5> Katachiki (bingata)

August 6, 2018

Okinawan Textile Lecture Updates

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Live from Hamilton Library!

Okinawan Textile Lecture in Hamilton Library, August 9, 2018

Title: Okinawan Textile Lecture: Traditional Dyeing and Weaving Techniques
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Hamilton Library Room 301
Speakers (5textile artists from Okinawa):

  • Ms. Mieko Taira  / 平良美恵子氏 (芭蕉布/Bashōfu)
  • Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi / 又吉弘子氏 (読谷花織/Yomitan hanaui)
  • Ms. Machiko Miyagi (琉球絣・南風原花織/Ryukyu kasuri, Haebaru hanaui)
  • Mr. Okishige Maeshiro / 真栄城興茂氏 (琉球藍染/Ryukyu aizome)
  • Ms. Sachiko Yafuso / 屋冨祖幸子氏 (琉球びんがた/Ryukyu bingata)

Translator: Mr. Eric Wada, co-founder of Ukwanshin Kabudan (御冠船歌舞団)

(1) The lecture will be live streaming!

If you have access to the Internet and have a browser (Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.), you can watch the lecture in your home! You can also access the event from your mobile devices.  Accessing the event is free.

Please access the URL below a few minutes before the lecture begins.

The event starts at 1:00 PM, Hawai’i Standard Time, on August 9, 2018, from 1 PM to 2:30 PM.

  • Eastern Time: August 9, 7 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Pacific Standard Time: August 9, 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Japan Time: August 10, 8 AM – 9:30 AM

The remote audience can ask questions via chat (texting from the web browser).

If you have any questions about BlueJeans (live event service), please read the page at before you watch the event.

(2) Additional speaker

Addition to the original 4 artists, Ms. Sachiko Yafuso (屋冨祖幸子氏) will be joining us. She is an expert on bingata.

Ms. Sachiko Yafuso, bingata artist

Ms. Sachiko Yafuso, center, at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2015.

Image source:

Sumiko Sarashima. “Public Experiences and the Social Capacity of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Japan: Bingata, a Textile-Dyeing Practice from Okinawa,” in Michelle Stefano and Peter Davis, eds., The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage. (London ; New York, NY : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2017).

(3) Parking around the Library

Many constructions are going on around the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus.

If you plan to attend the August 9th event in Hamilton Library (Okinawan Textile Lecture), please read the following information about the parking near the Library.

As of August 3, 2018, the parking lot behind the Kennedy Theater on the East-West Road is CLOSED.

UH Manoa Parking Map

Please call or email the Parking Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Phone: 808-956-8899 Fax: 808-956-9811

Visitor Parking:

ADA Map:

Parking Machine

Parking machine on UHM campus

Parking fee as of August 2018

Parking fee as of August 2018

Parking phone number

Parking phone number

August 2, 2018

The Ryukyu Kingdom: A Treasure Chest of Beauty

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The Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan, currently has an exhibition titled The Ryukyu Kingdom: a treasure chest of beauty.

Suntory Art Museum's Exhibition on Okinawan art

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The museum writes:

“Okinawa, a prefecture that consists of a great many islands, was known as the Ryukyu Kingdom in the past. As a maritime kingdom and entrepôt, Ryukyu created a distinctive aesthetic. The founding of a dynasty that unified the islands’ rule in the fifteenth century launched more than four centuries in which the Ryukyu Kingdom prospered as the bridge to the many countries of East Asia. During those centuries, it also acquired a host of treasures from many other lands.
This exhibition introduces the beauty of the Ryukyu Kingdom, focusing on its textiles, exemplified by brilliant bingata fabrics, paintings that show influences from both China and Japan, and dazzlingly beautiful lacquerware. It is a rare opportunity for the superb works that have been treasured and handed down today to gather in one setting. Among them, the National Treasures: Ryukyu Sho Dynasty Related Artifacts are treasures indeed, a glorious highlight of this exhibition.”(1)

(1) Suntory Museum of Art, “The Ryukyu Kingdom: A Treasure Chest of Beauty.” Retrieved from

Venue: Suntory Museum of Art (Tokyo, Japan)

Dates: July 18 – September 2, 2018

Location and other information:

Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F
9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8643, Japan

TEL: +81-(0)3-3479-8600

Closed: Tuesdays, during the exhibition, preparation periods, and New Year’s holidays.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hamilton Library’s Okinawa Collection is purchasing the exhibition catalog.

Catalog of the Suntory Museum of Art exhibition

Image source:

The museum changes the exhibition items by dates. Please check the items by date by visiting at

The works from the exhibition are available at

Related information:

On Fridays and Saturday, the Suntory Museum of Art will open till 8 PM.

August 1, 2018

Film: Okinawa 1965

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A Japanese film titled Okinawa 1965 was released in 2017. The homepage of the film describes that there are 3 keywords for this documentary: (1) the march for the reversion of Okinawa to Japan, (2) Awagon Shōkō’s (阿波根昌鴻) non-violent peace movement, (3) a former US Marine Allen Nelson’s “Okinawa doesn’t need US bases.”

*Caveat: The trailer on the above site has some disturbing image of a young girl killed by the military vehicle.  

Closed caption is available in Japanese by clicking CC on the landing page.

Todori, Shin’ya, & Todori Takuya; Sano Tōru, ed. (2018). Okinawa 1965. (Tokyo: Nanatsumori Shokan).

Book Cover of Okinawa 1965

Image source:

Related resources:

July 26, 2018

Okinawan Textile Events at HoMA

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The Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) will have two “free with museum admission” events in August 2018.

Okinawan Textile Lectures at HoMA

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(1) Textile Sharing

Lecture: Textile Sharing
Showtimes: Friday, Aug 10, 2018, 10:00 AM
Location: Honolulu Museum of Art

About the Lecture:

Learn more about the textiles featured in Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art at this free talk where curator of textiles Sara Oka will share textiles from the museum vault. Visiting artists from the Okinawa Traditional Textile Association will be present to examine, discuss and share their insights.

Free with museum admission. Meet in the Education Lecture Hall—take the stairs or elevator to the basement from Palm Courtyard, next to the Coffee Bar.

(2)  Weaving Demonstration

Lecture: Weaving Demonstration
Showtimes: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 AM
Location: Honolulu Museum of Art

About the Lecture:

Go behind the scenes of Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art at this free demonstration. Guests can watch a visiting artist from the Okinawa Traditional Textile Association weave on a loom, then try their own hand at this traditional craft.

Free with museum admission. Demonstrations will take place in the Education Lecture Hall and in the Temporary Exhibitions gallery, next to the Visitor Lounge.

Do not forget to visit the current exhibition, “Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art,” while you are at HoMA.

July 23, 2018

Jane Serikaku Passes Away

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Ms. Jane Serikaku, former Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s (HUOA) Director, passed away on July 6, 2018. She was 79 years old.

Jane Serikaku former HUOA Director

HUOA announced Jane’s passing as follows:

Jane Fujie Serikaku, executive director of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association
(HUOA) and retired educator, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2018, surrounded by close family and friends. She was 79 years old. A longtime leader in the Okinawan community, Serikaku was the HUOA’s first female president in 1993-1994. She was born on Maui, attended Maui High School and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where she graduated with a degree in education and also obtained a master’s degree in educational administration. Serikaku received the prestigious Milken Educator Award in 1998 while principal at Iliahi Elementary School for her exemplary work in collaborating with teachers, parents, and students and also establishing a free preschool. She retired after 30 years as an educator and was appointed the executive director of the HUOA in 2006. Always a staunch supporter of education, she believed that the future of HUOA is dependent upon the youth and helped coordinate the Hawaii-Okinawa High School Student Exchange program for over 25 years. She also initiated the HUOA Leadership Study Tour giving young Okinawans from Hawaii an opportunity to visit their ancestral homeland and learn about Okinawan culture. Serikaku was a second generation (Nisei) Okinawan with ancestral ties to Nakagusuku Village. She was designated as a new “Uchina Goodwill Ambassador” by the Okinawa Prefectural Government in 2006.

The Okinawa Times also published an obituary of Ms. Jane Serikaku.

「勢理客ジェーンさん死去/79歳 ハワイ連合会元会長」、沖縄タイムス、2018年7月8日。/ July 8, 2018, “Jane Serikaku, Former Hawaii United Okinawan Association Director, Dies at the age 79,” The Okinawa Times. (in Japanese)

[大弦小弦]目尻を下げた満面の笑みが脳裏に焼き付いている…」、沖縄タイムス、2018年7月14日。/  July 14, 2018, “Jane’s smiles are burnt in my mind,” The Okinawa Times (in Japanese).

Service will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the Hawaii Okinawa Center.
Visitation begins at 4:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. (Hawaii Time)

For more information about the memorial service, please contact Hawaii Okinawa Center at (808) 676-5400 or email to


July 15, 2018

Okinawan Textile Lecture by 4 artists from Okinawa

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The Okinawa Collection at the UH Mānoa Library, the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) at the UH Mānoa, and the Department of Art & Art History at UH Mānoa co-sponsor an Okinawan traditional textile lecture on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

Okinawan Textile Lecture

  • Title: Okinawan Textile Lecture: Traditional Dyeing and Weaving Techniques
  • Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Hamilton Library Room 301
  • Speakers (4 textile artists from Okinawa):
    • Mieko Taira (芭蕉布/Bashōfu)
    • Hiroko Matayoshi (読谷花織/Yomitan hanaui)
    • Machiko Miyagi ( 琉球絣・南風原花織/Ryukyu kasuri, Haebaru hanaui)
    • Okishige Maeshiro (琉球藍染/Ryukyu aizome)
Four Okinawan textile artists will speak their dyeing and weaving techniques and history behind the tradition. The artists will come from Okinawa and speak in Japanese. Their lecture will be translated into English by Eric Wada, an artistic director and co-founder of Ukwanshin.
Here are some videos that explain some Okinawan textile tradition.

《KATACHIKI》Okinawa Bingata from TAKUMI-WORKS ( on Vimeo.


TEWAZA「喜如嘉の芭蕉布」Kijyoka Banana fiber Cloth by 伝統工芸 青山スクエア (by Dentō kōgei Aoyama Square)

Registration is not required.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Hamilton Library does not allow food inside. Bottled water and water in a personal mug with a lid are allowed.

For parking, please visit the parking office at or call at808-956-8899.

Questions? Please contact Okinawan Studies Librarian at UH Mānoa Library at or call her at 808-956-2311.

June 18, 2018

Okinawan Textile Workshops at HoMA

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The Honolulu Museum of Art is currently having an exhibition titled “Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art.”

  • WHAT: Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art
  • WHEN: May 10–September 23, 2018
  • WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96814
  • INFO: 808-532-8700

The Honolulu Museum of Art is offering several workshops this summer.

Okinawan textile workshop

Textile Sharing 

Friday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-noon • Gallery 30 • Free

The museum’s curator of textiles Sara Oka will share textiles from the vault. Visiting artists from the Okinawa Traditional Textile Association will examine, discuss and share their insights.

Weaving Demonstration 

Saturday + Sunday, Aug. 11 + 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • In the exhibition and in Gallery 30 • Free with museum admission

Guests can watch a visiting artist from the Okinawa Traditional Textile Association weave on a loom, as well as try their own hand at weaving on a traditional Okinawan loom, with the help of two visiting artists.

Katachiki LooChoo’s Royal Cloth Workshop 

Sunday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Honolulu Museum of Art School, Room 101 • $100 tuition, $75 for museum members. Registration:

Learn about the “royal cloth” that was traditionally worn only in Okinawa’s royal courts. A visiting artist and an assistant from the Okinawa Traditional Textile Association will demonstrate how to create bingata (katachiki) with stencils and dyes.”

June 15, 2018

Okinawa Memorial Day Event by Hawaii United Okinawa Association

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The Hawai’i United Okinawa Association will commemorate the Okinawa Memorial Day, as known as “Irei no hi / 慰霊の日” in Okinawa on June 21, 2018.

Okinawa Memorial Day

Below is the information on their flyer.

Hawaii United Okinawa Association commemorates “Irei no Hi” – Okinawa Memorial Day, remembering the lives lost during the Battle of Okinawa.

Date: June 21, 2018
(The official Irei no hi in Okinawa is June 23)
Location: Hawaii Okinawa Center
Time: Doors Open 5:30 pm, Program 6-8 pm


  • A heart-to-heart talk about the importance of remembering the Battle of Okinawa and the many lives lost, presented by MIS veteran Dr. Shinye Gima.
  • A video and introduction of Mrs. Betty Fumiko Tamae Ganeku (Gushikawa) and her experience of living through and surviving the Battle of Okinawa.
  • The story of a Himeyuri Butai survivor, Mrs. Janice Suetomi, who was featured in June’s Hawai’i Herald, written by Jodie Ching. (Jodie Chiemi Ching, “Living to Tell the Story of War and the Importance of Life and Peace,” Hawai’i Herald, June 13, 2018,
  • Opening performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii.

Free and open to the public

Please RSVP via link at, google doc link below, or Facebook

Pre-Order Bentos are Available for purchase:
1) Mini (teri beef, boneless teri chicken, rice, shoga) – $7
2) Large (boneless kalbi, boneless teri chicken, rice, takuan) – $12
3) Vegetarian (tofu vegetable stair fry and vegetarian yakisoba) – $8

Bento deadline: June 18, mail payment to:
HUOA – Irei no Hi, 94-587 Ukee St., Waipahu, HI 96797
RSVP/Bento Form at

Questions? Call HUOA: 808-676-5400 Email:

June 1, 2018

Japanese Film about Senaga Kamejirō

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A film titled “The man the United States feared most: Kamejirō” was released in Japan.

Title (rough translation): The Man the United States Feared the Most: (Senaga) Kamejirō” [= 米軍(アメリカ)が最も恐れた男:その名は、カメジロー」

The film’s Official Site:

The site explains the life and beliefs of Senaga (瀬長) Kamejirō (亀次郎), who was born in 1907 in Tomigusuku, Okinawa and died in 2001. An article titled “Achieving Reversion: Protest and Authority in Okinawa, 1952-70” by Christopher Aldous (2003) explains why the US Government feared Kamejiō. Aldous writes,

The 1950s were a decade of harsh military rule in Okinawa, a period in which an embryonic reversion movement was quickly suppressed, when villages were levelled by bulldozers to make way for US military facilities, and, most revealingly, when a democratically elected mayor, Senaga Kamejiro, with radical left-wing credentials, was forced out of office by the American authorities. In short, it was a time of political polarization, caused above all by arbitrary, oppressive military rule.

Christopher Aldous, “Achieving Reversion: Protest and Authority in Okinawa, 1952-70,” Modern Asian Studies 37, no. 2 (May 2003): 485-508, (To access the article, you need to have a UH ID and password).

The film is currently available only in Japan.

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