May 11, 2018

Traditional Burial in Okinawa Captured in DVD

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A company called Kaiensha (海燕社) released a 2-disc DVD set titled Sosen to no utage gangōsai: Yaese-chō Tōme, Kogusuku (=『祖先との宴 龕甲祭: 八重瀬町当銘・小城』).  The DVD is a documentary that depicts a historical burial known in Yaese town in Okinawa. The burial style is known since 1833, and the year 2017 marked the 6th 25 years anniversary.

DVD cover

One of the items in the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection titled Ryukyu fūzoku no zu (琉球風俗之図) was used for the DVD case jacket and in the documentary.

image from DVD

The same image can be seen at the University of the Ryukyus Library’s digital archives’ page.

http://manwe.lib.u-ryukyu.ac.jp/d-archive/s/popup?cd=00063470&page=9

According to Okinawa minzoku jiten (= roughly translated as the Dictionary of Okinawan Customs, 『沖縄民俗辞典』), 龕 (pronounced as “gan”) is a red portable shrine to carry a coffin to a burial site.

Watanabe, Yoshio. Okinawa Minzoku Jiten. Tōkyō: Yoshikawa Kōbunkan, 2008. p. 153-154.

Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum has a column that explains Okinawan burial systems.

Okinawa no sōbosei: Heisei 27-nendo no tokubetsuten ni mukete (in Japanese)

The newspaper, Ryukyu Shimpo, has an article about the 2017 gangōsai in Yaese Town.

“Gangōsai junbi ni netsu: 12-nen buri, 29-nichi muke jūmin kyōryoku, Yaese-cho Tōme, Kogusuku,” Ryukyu Shimpo, September 26, 2017. (「龕甲祭 準備に熱 12年ぶり、29日向け住民協力 八重瀬町当銘・小城」、琉球新報、2017年9月26日。)

The DVD set was a gift to the Library. It will be cataloged and become available to checkout from Sinclair Library. Stay tuned!

April 23, 2018

Maps of Taiwan under Japanese Colonization available from NDL in Japan

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National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) announces that the maps of Taiwan created during the Japanese colonization period are now available on their site.

Research Navi

The Government Documents and Maps Department in Hamilton Library has some historical maps of China, Japan, and Russia.

Geographical Research Maps of China 1917

https://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/special-collections/geographical-research-in-china-1917

Because of Okinawa’s proximity to Taiwan and Fujian Province in China, the maps might be of interest to some researchers.

MAGIS

Also, researchers might find the newly acquired book titled “Okinawa sekimin” no Taiwan hikiage shōgenshū (= 『「沖縄籍民」の台湾引揚げ証言・資料集』)(Okinawa: University of the Ryukyus, 2018). Roughly translated, “Interviews of Okinawans who lived but left Taiwan after the WWII.”

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.

April 6, 2018

Film: A Diplomat and Okinawa Reversion

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A new Japanese film titled Henkan Kōshōnin [返還交渉人] will be released in the theater in Japan. The movie is about a Japanese diplomat named CHIBA Kazuo [千葉一夫], who played a critical role in the negotiation of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan.

Henkan Koshonin

[Image source: https://natalie.mu/eiga/gallery/news/276725/900477]

There are some books on Chiba Kazuo. The Library has a copy of the following title.

A sample of the book review is available from Tokyo Shinbun’s online version, Tokyo Web.

[S.n.]. (2017, December 3). Shohyō Boku wa Okinawa o toromodoshitai : ishoku no gaikōkan Chiba Kazuo. Tokyo Shinbun Tokyo WEb. Retrieved from http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/book/shohyo/list/CK2017120302000181.html

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 shōgenshū (= 「沖縄籍民」の台湾引揚げ証言・資料集)(Okinawa: University of the Ryukyus, 2018).

赤嶺守編、『「沖縄民籍」の台湾引揚げ証言・資料集』(琉球大学法文学部、2018年)。

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.

March 19, 2018

New: Ryukyuan Languages Resources

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The Okinawa Collection is pleased to announce that it added the following two items.

(1) Ryūkyū no kotoba no kakikata : Ryūkyū shogo tōitsuteki hyōkihō琉球のことばの書き方 : 琉球諸語統一的表記法 (Written in Japanese)

This book teaches the users how to write eleven Ryukyuan languages (from Amami to Yaeyama islands).

Ryukyuan Language Book

(2) Ryūkyū shogo to kodai Nihongo : Nichi-Ryū sogo no saiken ni mukete = Ryukyuan and premodern Japanese : toward the reconstruction of proto-Japanese-Ryukyuan琉球諸語と古代日本語 : 日琉祖語の再建にむけて (written in Japanese)

 

Ryukyuan Language Book

These books are cataloged and available for checkout.

February 26, 2018

Research Information Services at the East-West Center

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The East-West Center (EWC) in Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i is often mistaken as part of the University of Hawai‘i (UH) because of its location. However, the East-West Center is an independent, non-profit organization. The entire history of the East-West Center–its origins, transformation, and the present activities–can be found at the Center’s website.

Most of the publications by the East-West Center are digitized and housed at the UH Mānoa Library, and because the PDFs were indexed, keyword search among the EWC publications enables you to retrieve the information you are looking for.

To use the UH Mānoa Library’s repository, you need to go to the Library’s homepage at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/library/. From the top menu, choose “Research,” then select “Scholarly Communication.” Under Scholarly communication, you will see ScholarSpace, eVols, and the UH System Repository.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Library Homepage

EWC has a library and provides research information services.

East-West Center Library

The EWC Library is located on the fourth floor of the East-West Center.

Hours:

  • Monday – Friday
  • 8:00 AM – 12 PM (Noon)

Phone: 808-944-7345

December 21, 2017

New Resource: Koza riot as seen by the U.S.

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The Okinawa Collection recently acquired a book titled Beikoku ga mita Koza bōdō : Beikoku kobunsho Ei-Wa taiyaku (= Koza riot as seen by the U.S. : U.S. official document side by side in English and Japanese (1999).

Front cover of Koza riot as seen by the U.S.

コザ騒動(コザ事件)from 日本大百科全書(ニッポニカ)

「1970年(昭和45)12月20日、コザ市(現沖縄県沖縄市)で発生した沖縄住民による反米焼き打ち事件。コザ騒動ともいう。事件は、基地の街コザで起こった交通事故に端を発し、米軍憲兵の住民無視の事故処理と威嚇発砲に市民の怒りが爆発、約5000人の群集が米軍車両75台を焼き打ち、武装出動した憲兵隊約300人に投石、多数の負傷者を出した。同事件は、人権無視の米軍支配に対する沖縄住民の不満の爆発として受け取られ、沖縄返還協定の交渉中であった日米両政府に大きな衝撃を与えた」。

Ueunten, W. I. (2010). Rising Up from a Sea of Discontent: The 1970 Koza Uprising in U.S.-Occupied Okinawa. In Enloe C. (Author) & Shigematsu S. & Camacho K. (Eds.), Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific (pp. 91-124). University of Minnesota Press. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/j.ctttv7q0.10

“I [Wesley Iwao Ueunten] came across an account of a riot that occurred in Okinawa on December 20, 1970, that made its way to the front page of many major American newspapers but then suddenly disappeared from news coverage the next day. In the aftermath of the “Koza Riot,” or what I choose to call the “Koza Uprising” because it was not merely a chaotic and mindless fracas (a point about which I will address later; see Figure 5.1), over seventy cars owned by Americans and a few buildings on the huge Kadena Air Force Base, for which the town of Koza served as an entertainment district, were burned by Okinawans. No such violent protest by Okinawans toward U.S. military occupation can be remembered before or since then.”

[Militarized Currents : Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific, edited by Setsu Shigematsu, and Keith L. Camacho, University of Minnesota Press, 2010. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uhm/detail.action?docID=548047.
Created from uhm on 2017-12-20 17:06:04.]

(n.s.) (2003 March 1). “Koza hanbei sodo / コザ反米騒動” in Ryukyu Shimpo.

December 18, 2017

Yakabushi – song sung by POWs at the Yaka camp in Okinawa

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Yakabushi (song) and POWs in Okinawa

Yakabushi monument

[Image source: https://www.visitkintown.jp/en/spot/monument-to-yaka-prisoner-of-war-camp]

The song “Yakabushi [屋嘉節]” is often played during the peace memorial in June in Okinawa. In his article titled “Songs of War and Peace: Music and Memory in Okinawa” (2010), James E. Roberson writes:

“Survivors of the Battle of Okinawa, including many civilians, were initially placed by the American military into internment camps throughout Okinawa (Molasky 1999:17). Two well-known songs recall life in these camps, PW Mujō (also, PW Bushi) and Yaka Bushi (Bise 1998:184). The lyrics of both songs largely overlap and were written in the POW camp at Yaka. Both melancholic songs sing of sadness deepened by the harrowing experiences of war, by thoughts of homes and villages destroyed by fighting, by worries about the safety of relatives, and by personal troubles. The lyrics to the first verse of Yaka Bushi are(13)

Yaka Bushi

Beloved Okinawa, turned into a battlefield

Turned into a battlefield

All of the people, with flowing tears

With flowing tears”

Other resources and information related to the songs sung by the POWs are as follows:

  • Ryukyu Shimpo, Yaka Shūyōjoat de tsuito ensō : horyo tsukutta “Yakabushi” hibikaseru (Japanese) / 「屋嘉収容所跡で追悼演奏 捕虜つくった「屋嘉節」響かせる」(『琉球新報』、2017年6月23日)。
  • Nakasone, Ronald Y. (2002). Okinawan diaspora. (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Press), p. 109.

In 2005, Mr. Shōichi Chibana of Yomitan Village in Okinawa visited the West Bank, where he played Yakabushi (or Yaka Bushi) with a Ryukyuan musical instrument called sanshin / 三線.

  • Asahi Shinbun, evening edition (夕刊). (September 17, 2005). “Okinawa, Yimitan songi no Chibana Shōichi-san Paresuchina ni Ryukyu no chinkonka.” Accessed from database Kikuzo II Visual.

November 22, 2017

50th Anniversary UH-Chubu Program Celebration (video recording of the event)

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Several video recording of the 50th anniversary celebration of the UH Post-Graduate Medical Education Program at Chubu Hospita, Okinawa, became available.

The event was held at the Center for Korean Studies at UH Manoa campus on November 5, 2017.

“The program begins with Keynote Speaker Dr. Kaoru Ashimine, Director of the UH Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Chubu Hospital. Other speakers include Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Vice Dean of JABSOM, Dr. Junji Machi, Kuakini Medical Center, Graduate of the Program and Current Professor of the UH Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Chubu Hospital. And Ms. Ann Ito, Director of the UH Mānoa Kōkua Program. She also is the daughter of Steven Chinen, who assisted in establishing the program.” [https://jabsom.hawaii.edu/events/50th-anniversary-celebration-uh-post-graduate-medical-education-program-at-chubu-hospital-okinawa/]

The video is available on YouTube.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is going to acquire a copy a commemorative book on the 50th anniversary from the Chubu Hospital.

The event held in Okinawa is available from the Ryukyu Shimpo’s website.

「戦後医療の足跡つづる:中部病院『臨床研修制度』50年記念誌」、琉球新報、2017年11月9日付。

 

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