January 31, 2017

2017 Loo Choo Identity Conference

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2017 Loo Choo Identity Conference at Windward Community College, Hale ‘Ākoakoa

2017 Loo Choo Identity Conference Poster

Here is a video from the last year’s (2016) Loo Choo Identity Conference.

Pre-registration is now OPEN for the 2017 LooChoo Identity Conference to be held at Windward Community College, Hale Ākoakoa, from March 17-19.
Pre-registration will close on February 17, or when spaces are filled.

Please refer to the link below for registration. If you have any questions, please email us at ukwanshinevents@gmail.com, or you may call 808-292-8862 and leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Link to 2017 LIC registration: https://goo.gl/forms/yRhpnQWzHgD78i642

January 28, 2017

Happy Lunar Calendar New Year 2017

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Happy Lunar New Year 2017 / 旧正月(ソーグワチ)

In Okinawa the New Year has been celebrated on the January 1st on Lunar Calendar. According to the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau, some families celebrate the New Year both on Gregorian and Lunar Calendars.

In mainland Japan the New Year is celebrated with a boxed food called osechi (おせち) and mochi (rice cakes).

The University of the Ryukyus Library published an essay about the New Year’s Eve.

Kijimun no doūchuimunī / きじむんのどぅーちゅいむにぃー : 大晦日の夜 (December 2013)

A site in Okinawa shows some traditional, Okinawan New Year dishes and the recipes.

Related Resources:

You can find more resources by choosing “Subject,” and “Cooking, Okinawan” or “Cooking, Ryukyuan.”

subject heading in voyager record

Subject headings for Okinawan cooking in a Voyager record

The Asia Department at UH Mānoa is having an exhibit on the 4th floor in the Hamilton Library.

Check it out!

January 19, 2017

Tui nu Nen – Okinawan New Year Celebration by Ukwanshin Kabudan

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Ukwanshin Kabudan Lunar New Year Celebration Events

Year of the Rooster Starts on January 28, 2017

Here is some blurb from the poster for the celebration:

“Reconnect with our Loochoo/Okinawa tradition of celebrating and observing traditions throughout the lunar year. Our ancestors followed the lunar calendar, and in Okinawa, it still plays a big pat in the lives of our people.”

Ukwanshin Kabudan Lunar New Year Celebration in 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017 Chinatown Feng Shui and New Year Preparation Visit

Time: 9:45am – 1:30pm

Place: Meet in front of entrance to the Maunakea Street Parking by the lei stands.

*Lunch at Mei Sum Dim Sum, approx $10

Purpose of this yearly visit to Chinatown is to learn where you can pick up things to prepare for the lunar New Year and to also learn about Feng Shui, which is also practiced and adapted to LooChooan culture.

*If you would like your personal feng shui reading, please bring your personal information with date and time of birth. For those of you who would like advice for your home, please bring an out line of your home showing the directions of North, South, East ,West.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 Okinawan New Year Celebration, “Tui nu Nen” 鶏之年

Come join us for a celebration of food, fun, prizes, and traditional Okinawan dances and music to celebrate the beginning of the year of the Rooster.

Place: Jikoen Hongwanji Temple Hall

Time: 5:30pm-9pm.

$20 Adults $10 children 12 and under

RSVP required for both events. Please contact ukwanshinevents@gmail.com or 808-845-5192 for information and reservations


In mainland Japan the New Year is celebrated on January 1st according to the the Gregorian calendar whereas in Okinawa the New Year is celebrated according to the Lunar calendar, just like Korea and China.

Ukwanshin Kabudan/Ryukyu Performing Arts Troupe have a Facebook page.

(The viewers may be required to sign in or login to view their page.)

January 9, 2017

Swinging and Singing: Filipino Jazzmen and Okinawan Female Vocalists in Japan and Okinawa

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Public Lecture by the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) at the University of Mānoa

COS hosts a public lecture by Professor James Roberson of Kanazawa Seiryō University (Japan) and Professor Nobue Suzuki of Chiba University (Japan) titled Swinging and Singing: Filipino Jazzmen and Okinawan Female Vocalists in Japan and Okinawa.


Poster of Lecture titled "Swinging and Dancing"


Date: Monday, January 9, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Tokioka Room (in Moore Building #319)

*Moore Building in the above linked map is shown as Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

According to the poster, “James Roberson’s talk will introduce and discuss women who contributed as vocalists to the jazz and rock music scenes in Okinawa,” and Prof. Nobue Suzuki will “introduce Filipinos who had played jazz in mainland Japan and Okinawa.”

Event is free and open to the public.

January 6, 2017

Hawaii Karate Museum Collection at UH Manoa

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Hawaii Karate Museum Collection at the University of Mānoa Library

The online journal, Fine Books & Collections, featured a column by Ms. Barbara Basbanes Richter on the UH Mānoa Library’s Hawaii Karate Collection.

Hawaii's Written History of Karate Preserved

Hawaii’s Written History of Karate Preserved

Hawaii karate Museum Collection Website at UH Manoa

Hawaii Karate Museum Collection at UH Mānoa

In 2008, “[t]he Okinawan Collection of UHM’s Hamilton Library received a major donation of books, magazines and multi-media resources (over 700 books and CDs/DVDs/video tapes) on karate from the Hawaii Karate Museum.”

[Source: Collection Overview, available at http://www.hawaii.edu/asiaref/okinawa/collections/karate/index.html]

Karate is a form of martial art, and even though its roots cannot be tied to Okinawa/Ryukyus with certainty, Okinawan karate has been widely popular, even outside Okinawa Prefecture.  Kodansha’s The Encyclopedia of Japan defines karate as follows:

“Karate was historically most widely practiced in China and Okinawa and thus is not considered one of the traditional Japanese martial arts; it is, however, loosely referred to as such outside of Japan.” (Accessed on January 6, 2017, HST).

In Okinawa, a new Karate Kaikan (kaikan is roughly translated as “gathering building/place) will open in March this year.

Okinawa Karate Kaikan

Okinawa Karate Kaikan

At the opening of last year’s 6th World Wide Uchinanchu Festival (October 2016), a new Guinness World Record was established when 3,973 karate-ka / 空手家(practitioners) participated in one kata / 型 (form) together.

(Source: Karate Charlesbourg Rudy Duquet on YouTube)

Would you like to start learning and practicing Okinawan karate as your New Year’s resolution?

January 5, 2017

Muchi Day

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Mūchī Day / ムーチーの日

In Okinawa some events are celebrated on the Lunar Calendar. This year Mūchī Day (ムーチーの日) falls on January 5. Mūchī means “rice cakes,” mochi (餅) in standard Japanese.

The leaves that are used are gettō (月桃) leaves, which in Okinawa are called sanmin.

getto leaves

[The image of gettō leaves from Japan Knowledge’s “Dijital Daijisen” / ジャパンナレッジ「デジタル大辞泉」より; accessed on December 16, 2016]