August 14, 2018

Okinawan Textile Event: corrections and other information

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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)

TRANSLATOR 

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.

RESOURCES

[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 1, 2018

Film: Okinawa 1965

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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

Image source: http://www.pen.co.jp/book/b358261.html

Related resources:

June 1, 2018

Japanese Film about Senaga Kamejirō

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A film titled “The man the United States feared most: Kamejirō” was released in Japan.

Title (rough translation): The Man the United States Feared the Most: (Senaga) Kamejirō” [= 米軍(アメリカ)が最も恐れた男:その名は、カメジロー」

The film’s Official Site: http://www.kamejiro.ayapro.ne.jp/

The site explains the life and beliefs of Senaga (瀬長) Kamejirō (亀次郎), who was born in 1907 in Tomigusuku, Okinawa and died in 2001. An article titled “Achieving Reversion: Protest and Authority in Okinawa, 1952-70” by Christopher Aldous (2003) explains why the US Government feared Kamejiō. Aldous writes,

The 1950s were a decade of harsh military rule in Okinawa, a period in which an embryonic reversion movement was quickly suppressed, when villages were levelled by bulldozers to make way for US military facilities, and, most revealingly, when a democratically elected mayor, Senaga Kamejiro, with radical left-wing credentials, was forced out of office by the American authorities. In short, it was a time of political polarization, caused above all by arbitrary, oppressive military rule.

Christopher Aldous, “Achieving Reversion: Protest and Authority in Okinawa, 1952-70,” Modern Asian Studies 37, no. 2 (May 2003): 485-508, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X03002099. (To access the article, you need to have a UH ID and password).

The film is currently available only in Japan.

May 11, 2018

Traditional Burial in Okinawa Captured in DVD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Filed under: diaspora,resources — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 3:00 PM

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).

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

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