August 14, 2018

Okinawan Textile Event: corrections and other information

Filed under: events,resources — Tags: , , — okinawacollection @ 8:00 AM

The Okinawan Textile Lecture on August 9 (2018) was a success. The room was filled with the audience, and 67 people watched the event remotely! The Okinawa Collection and other 2 co-sponsors–the Center for Okinawan Studies and the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa–thank the speakers/artists from Okinawa, Eric Wada, the translator, and the audience in the Library and the participants who watched the event remotely.


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Ms. Mieko Taira

Photo above: Ms. Mieko Taira, Kijoka bashōfu. | 喜如嘉の芭蕉布の平良美恵子さん。

Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi and Eric Wada

Photo above: Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi (left) and Mr. Eric Wada (translator) | 読谷山ミンサーの又吉次子さん(左)と御冠船歌舞団のエリック・ワダさん(通訳)。

Ms. Ritsuko Shiroma and Haebaru hanaui

Photo above: Ms. Ritsuko Shiroma (right) on Haebaru hanaui & Ryukyu kasuri | 南風原花織の説明中の城間律子、琉球絣事業協同組合理事長(右)。

Mr. Okishige Maeshiro and Ryukyu indigo

Prof. Okishige Maeshiro at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts (right) on Ryukyu indigo | 沖縄県立芸術大学美術工芸学部教授、真栄城興茂教授(右)。

Ms. Sachiko Yafuso and bingata

Photo above: Ms. Sachiko Yafuso (right) on bingata/katachiki | 琉球びんがた事業協同組合顧問、伝統工芸士の屋冨祖幸子さん(右)。

Okinawan Textile artists from Okinawa

The artists from Okinawa (photo above) | 沖縄からハワイ大図書館へいらした方がた。

Here is the revised list of speakers and their expertise who spoke on August 9, 2018.

SPEAKERS/ARTISTS (corrections are in bold and in purple)

  • Ms. Mieko Taira / 平良美恵子氏 (芭蕉布/Bashōfu)
  • Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi / 又吉弘子氏 (読谷ミンサー, 読谷花織/Yuntanza minsā, Yuntanza hanaui)
  • Ms. Ritsuko Shiroma / 城間律子氏 (琉球絣・南風原花織/Ryukyu kasuri, Haebaru hanaui)
  • Mr. Okishige Maeshiro / 真栄城興茂氏 (琉球藍染/Ryukyu aizome)
  • Ms. Sachiko Yafuso / 屋冨祖幸子氏 (琉球びんがた/Ryukyu bingata/Ryukyu katachiki)


Mr. Eric Wada, co-founder of Ukwanshin Kabudan / 御冠船歌舞団

Sanshin Music Player

Mr. Norman Kaneshiro, who teaches sanshin (三線, a three-string Okinawan music instrument) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


[A] The print resources on Okinawan Textile

Textiles across the seas [= 織の海道]

[001] Yaeyama, Miyako hen [=八重山・宮古編] (2005)

[002] Okinawa hontō, Kumejima hen [=沖縄本島・宮古編] (2004)

[003] Amami, Kagoshima, Kurume hen [=奄美・鹿児島・久留米編] (2005)

[004a] Kasuri: from its origins to its designs: Okinawa, Amami, Kyūshū (2007)

[004b] Kasuri mon’yōshū : Okinawa, Amami, Kagoshima, Kurume = The exquisite ikat patterns and their designs / 絣文様集: 沖縄 · 奄美 · 鹿児島 · 久留米 = The exquisite ikat patterns and their designs (2007)

[B] Online resources

<1>Kijoka bashōfu / 喜如嘉芭蕉布:

<2> Yuntanza minsā, Yuntanza hanaui / 読谷山ミンサー、読谷山花織:

My Hawaii – Yomitan Weavers Planning Hawaii Demo

<3> Haebaru hanaui, Ryukyu kasuri / 南風原花織・琉球絣:

<4> Ryukyubigasuri / 琉球美絣

<5> Katachiki (bingata)

August 6, 2018

Okinawan Textile Lecture Updates

Filed under: events — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 5:30 PM

Live from Hamilton Library!

Okinawan Textile Lecture in Hamilton Library, August 9, 2018

Title: Okinawan Textile Lecture: Traditional Dyeing and Weaving Techniques
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Hamilton Library Room 301
Speakers (5textile artists from Okinawa):

  • Ms. Mieko Taira  / 平良美恵子氏 (芭蕉布/Bashōfu)
  • Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi / 又吉弘子氏 (読谷花織/Yomitan hanaui)
  • Ms. Machiko Miyagi (琉球絣・南風原花織/Ryukyu kasuri, Haebaru hanaui)
  • Mr. Okishige Maeshiro / 真栄城興茂氏 (琉球藍染/Ryukyu aizome)
  • Ms. Sachiko Yafuso / 屋冨祖幸子氏 (琉球びんがた/Ryukyu bingata)

Translator: Mr. Eric Wada, co-founder of Ukwanshin Kabudan (御冠船歌舞団)

(1) The lecture will be live streaming!

If you have access to the Internet and have a browser (Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.), you can watch the lecture in your home! You can also access the event from your mobile devices.  Accessing the event is free.

Please access the URL below a few minutes before the lecture begins.

The event starts at 1:00 PM, Hawai’i Standard Time, on August 9, 2018, from 1 PM to 2:30 PM.

  • Eastern Time: August 9, 7 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Pacific Standard Time: August 9, 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Japan Time: August 10, 8 AM – 9:30 AM

The remote audience can ask questions via chat (texting from the web browser).

If you have any questions about BlueJeans (live event service), please read the page at before you watch the event.

(2) Additional speaker

Addition to the original 4 artists, Ms. Sachiko Yafuso (屋冨祖幸子氏) will be joining us. She is an expert on bingata.

Ms. Sachiko Yafuso, bingata artist

Ms. Sachiko Yafuso, center, at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2015.

Image source:

Sumiko Sarashima. “Public Experiences and the Social Capacity of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Japan: Bingata, a Textile-Dyeing Practice from Okinawa,” in Michelle Stefano and Peter Davis, eds., The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage. (London ; New York, NY : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2017).

(3) Parking around the Library

Many constructions are going on around the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus.

If you plan to attend the August 9th event in Hamilton Library (Okinawan Textile Lecture), please read the following information about the parking near the Library.

As of August 3, 2018, the parking lot behind the Kennedy Theater on the East-West Road is CLOSED.

UH Manoa Parking Map

Please call or email the Parking Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Phone: 808-956-8899 Fax: 808-956-9811

Visitor Parking:

ADA Map:

Parking Machine

Parking machine on UHM campus

Parking fee as of August 2018

Parking fee as of August 2018

Parking phone number

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August 2, 2018

The Ryukyu Kingdom: A Treasure Chest of Beauty

Filed under: events — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 7:00 AM

The Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan, currently has an exhibition titled The Ryukyu Kingdom: a treasure chest of beauty.

Suntory Art Museum's Exhibition on Okinawan art

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The museum writes:

“Okinawa, a prefecture that consists of a great many islands, was known as the Ryukyu Kingdom in the past. As a maritime kingdom and entrepôt, Ryukyu created a distinctive aesthetic. The founding of a dynasty that unified the islands’ rule in the fifteenth century launched more than four centuries in which the Ryukyu Kingdom prospered as the bridge to the many countries of East Asia. During those centuries, it also acquired a host of treasures from many other lands.
This exhibition introduces the beauty of the Ryukyu Kingdom, focusing on its textiles, exemplified by brilliant bingata fabrics, paintings that show influences from both China and Japan, and dazzlingly beautiful lacquerware. It is a rare opportunity for the superb works that have been treasured and handed down today to gather in one setting. Among them, the National Treasures: Ryukyu Sho Dynasty Related Artifacts are treasures indeed, a glorious highlight of this exhibition.”(1)

(1) Suntory Museum of Art, “The Ryukyu Kingdom: A Treasure Chest of Beauty.” Retrieved from

Venue: Suntory Museum of Art (Tokyo, Japan)

Dates: July 18 – September 2, 2018

Location and other information:

Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F
9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8643, Japan

TEL: +81-(0)3-3479-8600

Closed: Tuesdays, during the exhibition, preparation periods, and New Year’s holidays.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hamilton Library’s Okinawa Collection is purchasing the exhibition catalog.

Catalog of the Suntory Museum of Art exhibition

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The museum changes the exhibition items by dates. Please check the items by date by visiting at

The works from the exhibition are available at

Related information:

On Fridays and Saturday, the Suntory Museum of Art will open till 8 PM.

August 1, 2018

Film: Okinawa 1965

Filed under: resources — Tags: , — okinawacollection @ 7:00 AM

A Japanese film titled Okinawa 1965 was released in 2017. The homepage of the film describes that there are 3 keywords for this documentary: (1) the march for the reversion of Okinawa to Japan, (2) Awagon Shōkō’s (阿波根昌鴻) non-violent peace movement, (3) a former US Marine Allen Nelson’s “Okinawa doesn’t need US bases.”

*Caveat: The trailer on the above site has some disturbing image of a young girl killed by the military vehicle.  

Closed caption is available in Japanese by clicking CC on the landing page.

Todori, Shin’ya, & Todori Takuya; Sano Tōru, ed. (2018). Okinawa 1965. (Tokyo: Nanatsumori Shokan).

Book Cover of Okinawa 1965

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