March 28, 2017

Okinawa: The afterburn Public Film Screening at UH Manoa

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Mark Your Calendar! Okinawa: The afterburn (Urizun no ame / うりずんの雨) comes to the UH Mānoa Campus on Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Center for Okinawan Studies, Ethnic Studies Program, Pacific –Asian Legal Studies Program, & William S. Richardson School of Law (all at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa) are pleased to present the public film screening of “Okinawa: The afterburn,” with the Director, John Junkerman.

  • Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017
  • Time: 1 – 4 PM (English version of film screening, followed by the discussion with Director, John Junkerman)
    • The film’s running time is approximately 2 hours.
  • Location: Shidler College of Business*, Room A-101 (The building has a sign, “TOWER A [2404 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822]
  • Film Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Parking: Free on Sundays on campus

ADA parking map on UH Manoa Campus

Click the map above to see a larger map.  A101 classroom is on C1 on the map above.

  • Contact: The Center for Okinawan Studies at 808-956-5754 or


For those who cannot attend the screening, both Japanese and English versions of the film are available at the Sinclair Library to watch at your own convenience.  The UH Mānoa community members are welcome to check DVDs out. Please read the procedures to check out here. (22. Wong Audiovisual Center).

  • Okinawa urizun no ame / kantoku Jan [sic] Yunkāman = Okinawa: the afterburn (沖縄うりずんの雨 / 監督 ジャン[sic]·ユンカーマン = Okinawa: the afterburn)
  • Okinawa : the afterburn / a film by John Junkerman. (English version)

An Interview with Director by Jon Letman about film screening in Hawai’i

“Okinawa Documentary Portrays The Legacy Of War” (published on April 5, 2017)

What does “Urizun / うりずん” mean? 

According to the film’s official site, “Urizun no Ame,” meaning, “the rains of early spring.” The film’s Japanese version of the site explains, “「うりずん」とは潤い初め(うるおいぞめ)が語源とされ、冬が終わって大地が潤い、草木が芽吹く3月頃から、沖縄が梅雨に入る5月くらいまでの時期を指す言葉.” Roughly translating, “Urizun is believed to originate from the word, “starting to moisten.” After the winter, the land becomes moistened, and the buds come out on the trees. In Okinawa, ‘urizun” is a period between March and May till the rainy season arrives.”

The progress of the Battle of Okinawa [Source: Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum]

For more information, please read the older blog post here.

Larger flyer in PDF is available here: 2017 – COS Lecture (John Junkerman)