November 1, 2019

Kokoro Odoru Premiere at HIFF

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A film titled Okinawan Blue (Kokoro Odoru) will be premiered at the 2019 Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF)!

According to the HIFF site, the film is “[s]et in the quaint, picturesque island of Zamami, OKINAWAN BLUE explores what the island life means to its visitors and residents, weaving three strands of stories together into a sweet and moving omnibus film…Loosely tying these narratives together are characters that move in and out of the stories, especially the innkeeper of the Full Moon Hotel and her assistant, Yuhi, played by renowned Okinawan actor Shogen. Funny, quirky, and moving, OKINAWAN BLUE captures the breathtaking beauty and uniqueness of the region and its people.”

Source: https://hiff.org/en/festivals-and-events/film-schedule/film/okinawan-blue

Okinawan Blue trailer: https://youtu.be/jrTjzECfbks

The 39th Annual Hawai’i International Film Festival (2019)

O’ahu: November 7-19, 2019

Big Island (Hawai’i Island), Kaua’i, Maui: November 21-24, 2019

October 18, 2019

2019 Okinawa Karate Day

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In March 2005, Okinawa Prefectural Government decreed that October 25th is a Karate Day. This year there are some events planned to commemorate the Karate Day.

Okinawa Karate Kaikan (沖縄空手会館) announced that they will host the Okinawa Karate International Seminar 2019 in 2020.

Date
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Total 6 days

Venue
Okinawa Karate Kaikan Dojo

Details
Opening ceremony January 21 (Tue) 9: 30-10: 00
Seminars from each style; January 21 (Tues.) – 26 (Sun.),
10:00~12:00/13:30 – 15:30 (Morning and afternoon sessions come as one set)
4 ryūha will hold seminars every day (Shorin-ryū/Uechi-ryū/Goju-ryū/Kobudo)
You can select one session per day, for a total of 4 seminars.
Bus tour January 23 (Thurs)
Closing ceremony January 25 (Sat)
Exchange demonstration January 26 (Sun)
Farewell Party January 26 (Sun)

Okinawa Karate International Seminar Information

Another event will be held “Demonstrations on Karate Day” on October 25, 2019.

Demonstrations on Karate Day

The Library has a huge collection of karate related materials. Some items are not circulating (cannot be checked out), but some are circulating.

For the Library’s Hawai’i Karate Special Collection, please visit https://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/okinawa/hawaii_karate_collection

Hawaii Karate Collection in Hamilton Library

September 30, 2019

Hajichi in Okinawa and Tattoos in Taiwan

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The Asahi Shinbun Digital article has published an article on hajichi, tattoo practice, in Okinawa.

The article’s headline reads,” 沖縄の入れ墨ハジチ「女性の誇り」禁じられ消滅したが」, roughly translated, “Hajichi (tattooing) in Okinawa was once women’s pride in Okinawa, but was forced to exist.”

According to the article, the Meiji government prohibited hajichi (tattoos in Okinawa) in 1899.

Meanwhile, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum is going to have an exhibit titled “Hajichi in Okinawa, tattoos among the indigenous Taiwanese people:  Past and Present,” from October 5th 2019 to November 4, 2019.

Hajichi in Okinawa and Tattoos among the indigenous Taiwanese people

Image source: https://okimu.jp/exhibition/1567577451/

UH Mānoa students and faculty have access to Asahi Shinbun Digital.

Asahi Shinbun Digital / 朝日新聞DIGITAL

[http://eres.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/login?url=http://digital.asahi.com/info/ncoth]

UH ID & password required to use Asahi Shinbun Digital.

NOTE: Only 5 users allowed at a time. If you cannot login, please try again later.

Asahi Shinbun Digital, the digital version of the Asahi Shinbun (different fee-based articles from the ones in the print version on the Kikuzo II), provides the latest news released in the past 24 hours and full-page images of the past two weeks. It enables users to search the full-text articles of the past one year. The content is updated on a daily basis

For more information, please read: https://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/japan/blog/asahidigital

Related resources available at UH Mānoa Library

  • Nantō zanshō onnatachi no hajichi : Okinawa, Miyako Shotō no irezumi / Kitamura Minao kantoku, Miura Yōko seisaku = Hajichi : women’s tattoo tradition in Okinawa & Miyako Islands, Japan. = 南島残照女たちの針突 : 沖縄・宮古諸島のイレズミ / 北村皆雄監督, 三浦庸子制作 = Hajichi : Women’s tattoo tradition in Okinawa & Miyako Islands, Japan. [DVD]

Call number: DVD 14667

  • Nantō zanshō Taiwan genjū minzoku no irezumi / Kitamura Minao kantoku, Miura Yōko seisaku = Tatto traditions among the indigenous peoples of Taiwan. 南島残照台湾原住民族のイレズミ / 北村皆雄監督, 三浦庸子制作 = Tatto traditions among the indigenous peoples of Taiwan: the Paiwan, Rukai, Sisiyat, and Atayal.

Call number: DVD 14688

  • Shinpan Hajichi no aru fūkei : Higa Seishin shashinten / henshū Naha-shi Rekishi Hakubutsukan. = 新版ハジチのある風景 : 比嘉清眞写真展 / 編集那覇市歴史博物館.

Call number: East GT2346.J3 S56 2010

  • Amami no hazuki [sic] : kieta irezumi shūzoku /
    奄美の針突 : 消えた入墨習俗 /

Call number: East GT2346.J3 Y35 2003

  • Hajichi : Misato chiku / Henshū Okinawa-shi Kyōiku Iinkai Bunkaka. = 針突 : 美里地区 / 編集沖縄市教育委員会文化課.

Call number: East GT2346.J3 H25 1987

  • Nantō hajichi kikō : Okinawa fujin no irezumi o miru / Ichikawa Shigeharu cho.
    南島針突紀行 : 沖縄婦人の入墨を見る / 市川重治著.

Call number: East GT2346.J3 I24 1983

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August 16, 2019

Okinawan Princess Book Talk Event in Hamilton Library

Filed under: community,events,shimakutuba — okinawacollection @ 5:00 PM

The Okinawa Collection in Hamilton Library is pleased to announce that it will host a book talk event with the author, Lee A. Tonouchi, and the illustrator, Laura Kina, on the recently published a picture book titled Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos (Honolulu: Bess Press, 2019).

 

Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos

The above image is used with permission from Bess Press.

About the author:

Lee A. Tonouchi is a full Okinawan yonsei born and raised in Hawai’i. He is known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla” for his championing of Pidgin a.k.a Hawai’i Creole to be accepted as a legitimate language. His last book, Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son: One Hawai’i Okinawan Journal, published by Bess Press, won the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Poetry/Prose.

About the illustrator:

Laura Kina is a “hapa, yonsei, Uchinanchu” artist and educator based in Chicago. Her artwork addresses Asian American and mixed race identities and histories with a focus on Okinawa and Hawai’i diasporas. She is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University and coeditor of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013), and Que(e)rying Contemporary Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2017).

At this event, Kent Sakoda, a community liaison at the Charlene Junko Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies will explain the Center’s roles and goals of maintaining Hawaiian Pidgin as a living language.

 

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Hamilton Library does not permit food and beverages (except bottled water).

See, Libraryʻs Use and Conduct Policy: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/library/about/organization/policy/use_conduct/

Parking Information

  • Visitor Parking Locations (maps) & Fees
    • Parking Office
      • Phone: 808-956-8899 Fax: 808-956-9811
      • Email: parking@hawaii.edu
      • Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:45 am – 4:30 pm

https://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/visitor.php

  • Disability Access (maps)

https://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/disabilityaccess.html

Event Co-Sponsors

  • The Center for Okinawan Studies at UH Mānoa
  • The Charlene Junko Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies
  • The Hawaiian Collection in Hamilton Library

Questions?

Sachiko Iwabuchi, Okinawa Studies Librarian (okicoll@hawaii.edu)

August 15, 2019

Okinawan Princess Book Signing at HUOA

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The Hawai’i United Okinawa Association (HUOA) has announced that it will host a book signing event with the author, Lee A. Tonouchi, and the illustrator, Laura Kina, on August 17, 2019. Lee, who is known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” has published a book titled Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos (Honolulu: Bess Press, 2019).  The book is written in English, and is translated into an Okinawan language (shimakutuba or Uchināguchi).

  • Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Place: Hawaii Okinawa Center (94-587 Ukee Street, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797)

 

HUOA Okinawan Princess book signing event

Image source: https://www.huoa.org/nuuzi/index.html

Lee’s Okinawan Princess accompanies colorful illustrations by Laura Kina, a “hapa, yonsei, Uchinanchu” artist and educator based in Chicago. Her artwork addresses Asian American and mixed race identities and histories with a focus on Okinawa and Hawai’i diasporas. She is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University and coeditor of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013), and Que(e)rying Contemporary Asian American Art(University of Washington Press, 2017).

According to the HUOA, the event will have an artist/author talk from 9:30 am to 10:00 am, followed by a book signing with Lee A. Tonouchi and Laura Kina.

Related pages:

  • “Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos book tour”

https://www.laurakina.com/2019/08/09/okinawan-princess-da-legend-of-hajichi-tattoos-book-tour/

July 8, 2019

Okinawan Festival 2019

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The Hawaiʻi United Okinawan Association has announced that this yearʻs Okinawan Festival will be held on Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.

Hawaii Okinawan Festival 2019

WHEN:

  • August 31, 2019, 9 AM – 5 PM; Bon Dance starts at 5:30 PM (Select food booths open during Bon Dance; all other booths/rooms will close at 5 PM.)
  • September 1, 2019, 9 AM – 4 PM

WHERE: Hawaii Convention Center (1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815)

ADMISSIONS (NEW):

  • Adults: $2.00 per person. Cash only.
  • Children 12 years old & under | Seniors, 65 years old and over: Free

*Third floor does not require admission.*

Program is available at https://www.okinawanfestival.com/what-to-expect.

Parking

  • Convention Center parking open from 7AM, costs $10
  • Shuttle from McKinley High School begins at 7AM; a round trip shuttle costs $3

Convention Center

Doors open at 9AM & Closes at 10PM

  • No pets (except service animals)
  • No hard shell coolers
  • No lawn chairs
  • Bring CASH – scrip booths only accept cash (ATMs available)

June 26, 2019

Our Island’s Treasure Public Screening

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Hawai’i Film Premier & Community Talk Event

Documentary Film: Our Island’s Treasure (=私達の島の宝)

Our Island's Treasure Film Public Screening Flyer

“Henoko, Okinawa is the location of one of the most bio-diverse ocean regions on the planet – Oura Bay. It is also the cite where the Japanese and U.S. governments intend to build a new U.S. Marine Corps base, despite the democratic opposition of Okinawans. The ongoing landfill work to create this base has created a crisis that is destroying thousand year old coral reef structures, and threatens the aquatic life in the bay, including 5300 species and 262 endangered species whose habitat will be destroyed with this base construction.

One of these animals is the dugong – a marine mammal that is traditionally thought of by Okinawans as sacred “Messengers of Peace.” This “cousin” to the manatee is currently listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and is entitled to protections under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Here, at one of the last refuges for the endangered dugong, Okinawan people have held continuous sit-ins to block construction trucks for almost 2000 days, led mostly by elderly war survivors determined to protect the island and ocean.

Following the screening, Kaiya will join us in a short community talk via live video conference call. Light Refreshments will be provided.”

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: 17-year old Okinawan-American Kaiya Yonamine is a high school student and Nisei (2nd generation) Uchinaanchu from Portland, Oregon who was frustrated with the silence of the media around this crisis in Okinawa. So, she returned to Henoko this past spring to make a documentary film exploring what is happening in Okinawa now, appealing to her youth peers and the world. Mother and daughter team, Moe and Kaiya Yonamine, made and sold thousands of cookies and paper cranes to raise funds to pay for travel expenses so Kaiya could return to Henoko to support their elders and document this 22-year struggle to protect the island and our oceans.

For more info: Please email naomimr@hawaii.edu or call 808-782-0023

Related site: https://www.riseforhenoko.com/

June 7, 2019

Our Island’s Treasure Video

Filed under: news — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 2:00 PM

A high school student in Oregon, who is an American with Okinawan ancestry, created a video concerning the environment in Henoko.

The creator, YONAMINE Kaiya, is 17-year old. She wrote:

My name is Kaiya, and I am a 17-year old Okinawan American high school student from Portland, Oregon. I recently went back to Henoko because I was frustrated with the silence of the media around this crisis. I wanted to make a documentary to show the world what’s happening. This is my documentary, “Our Island’s Treasure,” that focuses on the current destruction of the beautiful Okinawan ocean in Henoko and the fight by native Uchinanchu people to protect it. This is an emergency.

私の名前はカイヤです。17歳です。私はウチナーンチュの2世でオレゴン州のポートランドに住んでいます。アメリカでは辺野古のニュースが流れてないので自分でドキュメンタリーを作って世界に辺野古の事を見せようと思い、最近大好きな沖縄に戻りました。「私達の島の宝」と言うドキュメンタリーです。ぜひシェアしてください。宜しくお願いします。

The Okinawa Times reported her effort on April 3, 2019.

“Kichimondai Okinawa to Bei [United States] tsunagu,” The Okinawa Times, April 3, 2019. / 「基地問題 沖縄と米つなぐ」、沖縄タイムス、2019年4月3日。

June 3, 2019

Tombs in Okinawa

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Prof. Dana Masayuki (田名真之), currently the Director at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, published an article on tombs in Okinawa in The World of Cultural Heritage (vol. 27, 2016).

The article has ruby (furigana) for some kanji, which often has different reading (pronunciation) in Okinawa. He classifies some tombs by classes. He also explains different shapes of tombs.  The most famous tomb in Okinawa is kāminakūbaka (亀甲墓), whose shape looks like a turtle’s shell/back is on top of the tomb.

Okinawa_turtle_back_tomb

Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtleback_tomb#/media/File:Okinawa_turtle_back_tomb.JPG, the image is in Public Domain.

If you are interested in tombs in Okinawa, UH Mānoa Library has some resources.

  • Ochi, Ikuno. (2018). Ugoku haka: Okinawa no toshi ijūsja to sosen saishi = The transformation of tombs in Okinawa. (Tokyo: Shinwasha).
  • Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum. (2015). Ryūkyūko no sōbosei : kaze to sango no tomurai: Heisei 27-nendo Okinawa Kenritsu Hakubutsukan Bijutsukan tokubetsuten = Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum special exhibition in 2015 : funeral ceremony and grave tradition of Ryukyu Islands : a memorial service held by wind and coral circumstances (Naha-shi: Okinawa Kenritsu Hakubutsukan Bijutsukan).
  • Kato, Masaharu. (2010). Amami Okinawa no kasō to sōbosei: hen’yō to jizoku (Ginowan-shi:  Yōju Shorin).

References

Dana, Masayuki. (2016). “Okinawa no haka ni tsuite = 「沖縄の墓について」in The World of Cultural Heritage (『文化遺産の世界』), Vol. 27.

Some images of turtleback tombs from ARTSTOR can be accessible from UH Mānoa Libraryʻs OAPC. UH Mānoa ID and password are required.

(Image: May, 2010). Turtleback Tombs (Kameko-baka), Exterior. [architecture]. Retrieved from https://library.artstor.org/asset/ACOLUMBIAARTIG_10313270371

May 14, 2019

Animation of Kunkunshi: Library Video Shorts

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The University of Hawaiʻi News (May 13, 2019)

“Award-winning student lenses focus on rare Hamilton Library collections”

“Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is home to a multitude of rare books, archival materials and special collections that attract researchers from around the world. So what better way to acquaint UH Mānoa students with these unique and valuable resources than to invite them to make videos about their favorite collections?”

Source: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/05/13/manoa-library-student-video-contest/

The winning videos

The $500 first prize went to “MAGIS: A True Treasure” by Jonas Gutzat, Yudai Kojima and Jacob Hensley, whose video conveyed the restoration of historic maps after a 2004 flood devastated the basement of Hamilton Library.

Second prize of $200 was won by Sophia Whalen for “Kajadifu,” which incorporated the Academy for Creative Media major’s whimsical animation to highlight Hamilton Library’s Okinawan Collection.

The $100 third prize went to the team of Dezmond Applin, Keahi Delovio and Nicole Huber, who featured UH’s connection with famed late artist Jean Charlot.

All videos who participated in the competition are available at https://manoa.hawaii.edu/library/about/news/library-treasures/video-shorts/all-shorts/.

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