April 3, 2017

Shisa Day in Okinawa: April 3rd

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Shīsā (4/3) Day in Okinawa

In standard Japanese, the number 4 is pronounced in different ways. One of the pronunciation is “shi.” The number 3 is pronounced as “san,” thus April 3rd (04/03) in Okinawa was named as the “Shīsā Day.”

On June 29, 2012, the University of Hawai’i Library received a pair of shīsā (シーサー) from the University of the Ryukyus to “commemorate he establishment of the Center for Okinawan Studies.”

Below is a link to the University of the Ryukyus’ own account on why they decided to send a pair of shīsā to UH Mānoa, and who design the shīsā (Professor emeritus Sadao Nishimura / 西村貞雄琉球大学名誉教授) to commemorate the opening of the Center for Okinawan Studies at UH Mānoa.



Here is a video of the installation of the shīsā in front of the Hamilton Library on the UH Mānoa campus.