January 7, 2019

HUOA Anthology Project: Commemorating 120th Anniversary of Okinawans in Hawai‘i

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The Hawai’i United Okinawa Association (HUOA) announced that it will solicit original works to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Okinawans in Hawai’i. The first Okinawan immigrants arrived in Hawai’i in 1900, and the year 2020 marks the 120th anniversary.

120th anniversary of Okinawan in Hawaii

The HUOA named the project as the Anthology Project. The announcement reads:

This project will ultimately take the form of a multimedia collection—a mixed anthology, if you will—of original works about our Okinawan heritage in Hawaii and will be ready sometime in 2020. This project is partially funded by a generous Hui O Laulima Cultural Grant for 2019. This anthology will contain original materials submitted by people in the community about what it means to be Uchinanchu in Hawai’i. What makes this collection different from others is that it will not be limited to written literary materials, but will also include other media and forms of
expression, as there are various kinds of talent in our community.

Source: http://www.huoa.org/nuuzi/uchinanchu/2018/uchi_2018_11NovDec.pdf (Page 6)

Theme: Our Okinawan Heritage in Hawai’i
Submission Period: Accepting submissions of works from now until June 30, 2019
Anything that is Okinawan-themed and tied to our heritage here in Hawaii is acceptable.
The submissions could have historical and/or cultural themes, including artistic expressions.
Please help get the word out about this project so that people hear about it and will consider submitting their works.

Any questions?

Email: hi.uchinanchu1900@gmail.com

Call: (808) 295-3828

Submit works to: hi.uchinanchu1900@gmail.com

December 24, 2018

Okinawa Festival in Yokohama Japan

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There are two major cities in mainland Japan where many Okinawans migrated for work. Tsurumi-ku (Tsurumi Ward) in Yokohama City is one of the areas where Okinawan descendants keep their culture by having an annual Okinawan Festival. This year, 2018, Tsurumi Uchina Matsuri (Tsurumi Okinawan Festival) was held on November 11 & 12 (Sat & Sun).

Tsurumi Uchina Festival 2018

Source: https://鶴見ウチナー祭.com/

The Okinawa Collection recently acquired a monograph on Okinawans in Yokohama.

Yokohama Tsurumi Okinawa Kenjinkai, Editor, Issuing Body. Yokohama Tsurumi Okinawa Kenjinkaishi : Tsurumi Okinawa Kenjin Hyakunen No Ayumi. 2016.


  • Yokohama Tsrumi Okinawa Kenjinkai
  • Internal migrants — Japan — Yokohama-shi
  • Ryukyuans — Japan — Yokohama-shi — History
  • Tsurumi-ku (Yokohama-shi, Japan) — History

Language: Japanese

November 16, 2018


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A troupe of comedians in Japan came to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) on October 17, 2018. Most of the troupe members are from the Yoshimoto Creative Agency.

The name of the event, “Alohaisai,” comes from two words: Aloha from Hawai‘i, and Haitai (hello in Okinawan language). The troupe played 2 shows, and the theme of the comedy was thanking Okinawans in Hawai‘i for their War Relief rescue effort.

Alohaisai event

Image source: http://okinawa-shinkigeki.com/hawaii.pdf

The post-War rescue effort was also a theme for an issue of the journal Momoto, a bi-monthly magazine published in Okinawa, Japan.

Momoto vol. 35 Summer 2018

Image source: https://www.momoto.online/product-page/vol-35


September 23, 2018. “Hawai Daigaku de hatsukaisai! Okinawa Shinkigeki tsuā, “Kokoro ga tsunagu arohaisai.” Retrieved from https://www.allhawaii.jp/article/3235/

October 29, 2018. “Hawai. Warai tanoshimi kokoro tsunagu Hawai de shinkigeki seikyō sengo no Okinawa shien ni kansha. Retrieved from https://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/entry-825881.html

April 16, 2018

Newly Available Items: Sekai no Uchinanchu

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Sekai no Uchinānchu [=『世界のウチナーンチュ』] vols. 2 & 3 are now available for checkout!

Sekai no Uchinanchu

  • Title: Sekai no uchinānchu / [hencho Ryūkyū Shinpōsha Henshūkyoku]. = 世界のウチナーンチュ / [編著琉球新報社編集局].
  • Edition: Shohan. | 初版.
  • Publisher: Naha-shi : Hirugisha, 1986. | 那覇市 : ひるぎ社, 1986.
  • Description: 3 volumes : color illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
  • Subjects: Ryukyuans–Foreign countries.
  • Other Name(s): Ryūkyū Shinpōsha. Henshūkyoku. | 琉球新報社. 編集局.

UH Mānoa Library now uses a plastic cover to keep the original book jacket. Please do not remove the clear, plastic book jacket from the items.

March 28, 2018

New Acquisition: Okinawan Immigrants in Taiwan

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The Okinawa Collection at UH is pleased to announce that it received a copy of the book titled “Okinawa sekimin” no Taiwan hikiage shōgen, shiryōshū (= 「沖縄籍民」の台湾引揚げ証言・資料集)(Okinawa: University of the Ryukyus, 2018).


Book cover

inside Okinawa sekimin

This item focuses on the Okinawan people who immigrated to Taiwan and returned to Okinawa after the WWII. Many such returnees were interviewed. This book records such voices of the Okinawans who lived but came back to Okinawa.

This book will be cataloged and will become available for checkout.

October 16, 2017

Okinawans in Brazil: new acquisitions

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The Okinawa Collection is pleased to announce some additions to the collection. The items were donated by the Okinawa Brazil Kenjinkai in Brazil.

  • 1 século de história em fotos : a comunidade Okinawana no Brasil = Shashin de miru Burajiru Okinawa kenjin imin no rekishi (写真で見るブラジル沖縄県人移民の歴史)
  • 325 Okinawans: relação contendo a síntese de suas trajetórias de vida = Kasadomaru Okinawa kenjin imin 325-mei : meibo oyobi kantanna sokuseki (笠戸丸沖縄県人移民325名 : 名簿及び簡単な足跡) (a supplement to the book above)
  • Imigração Okinawana no Brasil : 90 anos desde Kasato Maru
  • Kaikoroku : oshidori beiju wo mukaete = Retrospectivas : realização da “oshidori beiju” (回顧録 : おしどり米寿を迎えて) by Isamu Yamashiro / 山城勇


photos of gift items from Brazil

These items will become available once being cataloged.

There is a research institute in Brazil that focuses on immigrants from Okinawa and mainland Japan called Centro de Estudos Nipo-Brasileiros (= the Center for Japanese-Brazilian Studies) in San Paulo, Brazil. The Center offers an extended amount of resources, including statistics on immigrant population from Japan, photographs of immigrants, and a database to look up immigration histories (the interface of the database is written in Japanese).

The following resources might be of interest for those who are interested in learning Okinawan immigrants to Brazil.

The University of the Ryukyus has a database called BIDOM (Bibliographic Information Database of Okinawa Materials). The database mainly collects the books, articles, and newspaper articles related to Okinawa that are written in Japanese. However, as of October 6, 2017, a search with keywords, “Okinawa” and “Brazil” (in Japanese) retrieved 109 results (this search was limited to journal and newspaper articles).

image of BIDOM search results

Lastly, the National Diet Library (NDL) of Japan has a website that commemorates the 100th year of Japanese emigration to Brazil. The site is available in 3 languages: Japanese, Portuguese, and English.


Japanese emigration to Brazil site

NDL’s site has a page with a list of links that might be useful to understand the Japanese (including Okinawa) emigration history in Brazil.


August 29, 2017

Uchinanchu diaspora: a film of Okinawans in New Caledonia

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A film titled Mabuigumi: Nyu Karedonia hikisakareta iminshi (roughly translated as “Torn souls: a history of Okinawan immigrants in New Caledonia) was released in Okinawa, Japan.

The film traces an Okinawans who left for New Caledonia in 1904. They worked as miners, and when the Pearl Harbor attach occurred in 1941, Okinawans were arrested, and men were sent to Australia as POWs. After the end of WWII, those men were sent back to Okinawa, and their families were left in New Caledonia.

The film is only available in Japanese, but the production company has a website that provides some information about the film and the background of the story behind the film.

The film has Japanese subtitles (no English subtitles).


The UHM Library plans to acquire resources on the Okinawa immigrants to New Caledonia.

March 22, 2017

Okinawan Diaspora in Japan – Uchinanchu in Kanagawa Prefecture

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Okinawan Diaspora in Japan: Uchinanchu in Kanagawa Prefecture

Some Okinawans emigrated overseas, such as Hawaii and Brazil whereas some Okinawans emigrated to Osaka and Kanagawa Prefectures. Kanagawa International Foundation (formerly known as Kanagawa Prefecture Association) published a newsletter titled “Hello Friends” in 2003. Its No. 231 is dedicated to feature Okinawans in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Kanagawa International Foundation Newsletter March 2003 No. 231

Source: Kanagawa International Foundation newsletter (archives), March 3, 2003, No. 231 (accessed on March 20, 2017, HST). http://www.kifjp.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/no231.pdf

Map showing Okinawan diaspora in the world

Source: Same as above.

It’s a small pamphlet, but newsletter encompasses the nature of “Okinawan diaspora” beyond Okinawans in Kanagawa, Japan.

February 14, 2017

Call for Papers: Japanese Diaspora Initiative Workshop

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The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University is calling for papers for the first Japanese Diaspora Initiative (JDI) Workshop (scheduled for 3 days from November 13-15, 2017) at Stanford.

The details of the workshop and the application can be found below.


The application deadline is August 21, 2017.

Workshop announcement by the Japanese Diaspora Initiative at Stanford University

Also, JDI has launched an online project titled the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection / 邦字新聞デジタル・コレクション. The Collection currently includes, “14 newspapers published in Hawaii and North America. Most publications present a mix of content in the Japanese and English languages, with formats and proportionality of Japanese/English often changing as a reflection of shifting business and social circumstances.”

Some titles (marked with ♦ and in blue) are “restricted to members with a Stanford email address, or accessing this site from a Stanford University server.”

Browse by title

  • Dōhō / 同胞, (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Hawaii Herald, (Honolulu, HI) ♦
  • Hawaii Hōchi / ハワイ報知 [The Hawaii Hochi], (Honolulu, HI) ♦
  • Hawaii Shokumin Shinbun / 布哇植民新聞 [The Hawaii Shokumin Shinbun], (Hilo, HI)
  • Hawaii Times / 布哇タイムス, (Honolulu, HI)
  • Hokubei Jiji / 北米時事 [The North American Times], (Seattle, WA) ♦
  • Nichibei Shinbun / 日米新聞 [The Japanese-American News], (San Francisco, CA) ♦
  • Nippu Jiji / 日布時事 [The Nippu Jiji], (Honolulu, HI)
  • Rafu Shinpō / 羅府新報 [The Rafu Shimpo], (Los Angeles, CA) ♦
  • Shin Sekai Asahi Shinbun / 新世界朝日新聞 [The New World Sun], (San Francisco, CA)
  • Shin Sekai Nichi Nichi Shinbun / 新世界日日新聞 [The New World Daily News], (San Francisco, CA)
  • Shin Sekai / 新世界 [The New World], (San Francisco, CA)

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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