December 31, 2016

Professor Yokoyama’s talk on Frank Hawley

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Professor Manabu Yokoyama talks on Frank Hawley at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan on January 25, 2017

Professor Manabu Yokoyama (横山 學), author of the book titled Shomotsu ni miserareta Eikokujin : Furanku Hōrē to Nihon bunka / 『書物に魅せられた英国人:フランク・ホーレーと日本文化』(Yoshikawa Kōbunkan, 2003), will talk on Frank Hawley at Waseda University.

 More information is available at:


Open to the public; free; no registration is required to attend.


UH Mānoa Library and the University of the Ryukyus Library have collaborated in digitizing Mr. Frank Hawley’s collection.  Hawley Collection is part of Sakamaki/Hawley (ホーレー or 宝玲) Collection.

December 30, 2016

Music Performance: Okinawan Music at East-West Center at UH Manoa

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East-West Center Presents Okinawan Music on Sunday, January 8, 2017

The East-West Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa concludes its semester-long, Okinawa exhibit, Ayanuji, with the music performance on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Photo of Grant "Sandaa" Murata

  • When: Sunday, Jan 8 2017,  2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Where: East-West Center Gallery, John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road
  • What: President/Director Grant “Sandaa” Murata and members of the Afuso Ryu Koten Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai USA will perform Okinawan music in conjunction with the gallery exhibition, Ayanuji 綾虹 Okinawa’s Traditional Culture: Past and Present.This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

This is the last chance to enjoy the exhibit! Don’t miss this opportunity!

December 23, 2016

Christianity in Ryukyus

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Christian Missionaries and Ryukyus

This year Director Martin Martin Scorsese releases his film titled Silence, which is based on the Japanese novel by Endō Shūsaku (遠藤周作).

Britannica Academic Online explains that Endō’s Silence (沈黙=Chinmoku, 1966) is “a fictionalized account of Portuguese priests who traveled to Japan and the subsequent slaughter of their Japanese converts. This novel and Samurai (1980; The Samurai)—a fascinating account of a samurai’s journey on behalf of his shogun to open trade with Mexico, Spain, and Rome—are considered his best writing, showing the complexities of the interactions between cultures as well as presenting a supple and well-told narrative.” [accessed on 12/13/2016].

In 1846 Bernard Jean Bettelheim came to visit the Ryukyus, and spent the following 8 years worked as the first Protestant missionary.

The Naha City Museum of History has some images related to Bettelheim.

One of the images is a picture of the Bettelheim’s house.


  • Jenkins, A.P. (2005). The journal and official correspondence of Bernard Jean Bettelheim, 1545-54, I: 1845-51. Okinawa Prefectural History Series, 21, subseries, 2. Okinawa Prefectural Archives.
  •  Porter, A. (2007). The journal and official correspondence of Bernard Jean Bettelheim, 1845-54 , I: 1845-51 . Edited by A. P. Jenkins. (Okinawa Prefectural History Ser., 21, subseries, 2.) Okinawa: Okinawa Prefectural Government Board of Education, 2005. Pp. xxx+640. Yen 4,000+ post packing from Okinawa Prefectural Archives, Arakawa, 148-3, Haebaru, Okinawa 9011105, Japan. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 58(2), 368-369. DOI: 10.1017/S0022046906000273



December 19, 2016

Born Bone Boon

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Born Bone Boon / 「born、bone、墓音。」(film)


Okinawa and Bonin Island share some customs with China and some Southeast Asian counties.  Shenkotsu / 洗骨 (or shinkuchi; there are some variants in pronunciation) is a burial custom. In this custom a person whose body is buried underground, then later the bones are taken from the ground and washed and buried again.  A Japanese film titled Born, Bone, Boon (2016) sheds light on this custom. The film was premiered at the 11th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia from November 28 to December 3, 2016. The film was also featured at the Okinawa International Film Festival.

Asia Department at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa is made of 8 area collections. One of them is the Southeast Asia Collection.  It would be interesting to see how many others customs and traditions are shared in different parts in Asia.


December 16, 2016

Yomitanson Village

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Yomitanson : A Village with the Largest Population in Japan

Do you know Yomitanson (読谷村)is the village with the largest population in Japan (about 40,000)?

Yomitan is located in the central part of Okinawa Island.

In 2000 Zakimi Castle Site in Yomitan (ca 15th century) was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Yomitan Village has a beautiful website that shows all aspects of Zakimi-gusuku (Zakimi Castle).  Yomitan Village has suffered incredible damage during the WWII. Yomitan Board of Education (読谷村教育委員会) is trying to preserve the historical images and documents and making them available online.

If you wonder the word division for Yomitan soshi, this is the library’s rule to divide the compound noun this way. Here is more information about word division (分かち書き).



December 13, 2016

Ishigaki Junior High School Students’ Performance

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Dance and Music performed by the students on the Isigaki Island / 石垣中学校による郷土芸能

On November 14, 2016,  Ishigaki Junior High School in Ishigaki City in Okinawa Prefecture performed traditional dance and music at their gym.

The traditional songs played at the event are:

  • Katamibushi / かたみ節
  • Hatomabushi / 鳩間節
  • Asadoyabushi / 安里屋節

Sinclair Library at the University of Mānoa has many audio/visual resources related to Okinawan/Ryukyuan music and dance. Some tips to find and check out media resources are here:

December 11, 2016


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Naha Marathon 2016 and Honolulu Marathon 2016

Naha Marathon

was held on Sunday, December 4, 2016. The temperature at 1:30 PM was 28.2 degrees in Celsius (82.4 degrees in Fahrenheit). It was a hot day for runners!  [Source: The Ryukyu Shimpo, JP version]

Honolulu Marathon

will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016, in Honolulu, HI.

There is a book by an Okinawan man on his marathon journey. Tsutomu Shimabukukro (島袋勉)lost both his legs in an accident, but finished a Honolulu marathon with the prosthetic legs.

Shimabukuro, Tsutomu. Gisoku no rannā : Honoruru Marason 42.195km e no chōsen, Bungeisha, 2005. / 島袋勉、『義足のランナー : ホノルルマラソン42.195kmへの挑戦』(東京、文芸社、2005年)。

UH Mānoa does not own a copy, but you can borrow a copy from the University of the Ryukyus.

The information about how to borrow books from other libraries:


December 9, 2016

Naha City’s “Education Day”

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December 9th: Naha city’s Education Day

Naha City Museum of History is having an exhibit to commemorate Naha City’s “Education Day,” which was declared on December 9th, 2007.

Naha City Museum of History

UH Mānoa Library has some resources on “Okinawa and education.”

Naha City Museum of History’s Digital Museum is also wroth visiting.

Naha City Museum of History / 那覇市歴史博物館

December 8, 2016

Change in Printing in Hamilton Library

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OneCard will be used for printing in the Library starting in January 9, 2017

If you have a Library’s Copy/Print card, please use it before January 9, 2017.  The current Copy/Print card will no longer be supported after January.

Visitors: There will be 1 printer on the 1st floor with which you can pay in cash.

December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor / 真珠湾攻撃

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December 7, 1941

This is the day that the Japanese army bombed the Pearl Harbor in Hawai‘i. Many Okinawan-Hawaiians and Japanese-Hawaiians were considered as “enemies,” even though most of them were born in the United States as a citizen.

There are many resources regarding the Okinawan-Hawaiians in the Hamilton Library both physical and digital (online).

Later this month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe visits the USS Arizona as the first Japanese leader with President Barack Obama.  This year marks 75th anniversary.

UHM Library’s

Newspaper articles (regarding Hawai’i-Okinawans and Pearl Harbor)

Online resources


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