October 15, 2018

Sacred Sounds of Ryukyu at Orvis Auditorium

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The Center for Okinawan Studies at UH Mānoa and the East-West Center Arts Program present “Sacred Sounds of Ryukyu” on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus.

Sacred Sound of Ryukyu

“A tradition of sacred singing has been passed on in the Ryukyu Islands for over 400 years. In this event we will listen to songs and explanations of creation myths from the court omoro tradition and secret songs from the regional umui genre. We will also hear performances of Christian hymns based on Ryukyuan folk songs and sung in the Ryukyuan language since the 19th century.”

Date, Time, & Location:


  • $10 general
  • $8 seniors 65+, EWC/UH faculty & staff, military & veterans
  • $5 college students with ID, children 18 & under

Tickets online: https://ewcarts.eventbrite.com

Co-sponsored by the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Center for Okinawan Studies, UHM Department of Music, East-West Center Arts Program, and Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts.
The EWC Arts Program is supported in part by Aqua-Aston Hospitality, The Hawai’i Pacific Rim Society Hideo Murakami Fund for the Arts, Friends of Hawai’i Charities, Barbara B. Smith. Richard H. Cox, Jean E. Relles, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, The Arthur Goodfriend lntercultural Fund, and other generous donors.

Seating is general: first come, first served.

Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door, one hour before show time. Please allow time for parking, which is managed by UH Mānoa and usually free on Sundays.

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.


Please tell us about your experience of participating in the event.

URL: https://goo.gl/forms/Wc3uuZoSQJr6U1El2

Your anonymity is guaranteed. The survey is available until August 27, 2018.

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 2, 2018

The Ryukyu Kingdom: A Treasure Chest of Beauty

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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

Image source: https://www.suntory.com/sma/exhibition/2018_3/index.html

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 https://www.suntory.com/sma/exhibition/2018_3/index.html

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

Image source: http://smaonline.suntory.co.jp/shopdetail/000000000059/

The museum changes the exhibition items by dates. Please check the items by date by visiting at https://www.suntory.com/sma/exhibition/visual/2018_3/ryukyu_list_EN.pdf

The works from the exhibition are available at https://www.suntory.com/sma/exhibition/2018_3/display.html

Related information:


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

July 26, 2018

Okinawan Textile Events at HoMA

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The Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) will have two “free with museum admission” events in August 2018.

Okinawan Textile Lectures at HoMA

Image source: https://honolulumuseum.org/events/lectures_performances/16943-weaving_demonstration

(1) Textile Sharing

Lecture: Textile Sharing
Showtimes: Friday, Aug 10, 2018, 10:00 AM
Location: Honolulu Museum of Art

About the Lecture:

Learn more about the textiles featured in Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art at this free talk where curator of textiles Sara Oka will share textiles from the museum vault. Visiting artists from the Okinawa Traditional Textile Association will be present to examine, discuss and share their insights.

Free with museum admission. Meet in the Education Lecture Hall—take the stairs or elevator to the basement from Palm Courtyard, next to the Coffee Bar.

(2)  Weaving Demonstration

Lecture: Weaving Demonstration
Showtimes: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 AM
Location: Honolulu Museum of Art

About the Lecture:

Go behind the scenes of Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art at this free demonstration. Guests can watch a visiting artist from the Okinawa Traditional Textile Association weave on a loom, then try their own hand at this traditional craft.

Free with museum admission. Demonstrations will take place in the Education Lecture Hall and in the Temporary Exhibitions gallery, next to the Visitor Lounge.

Do not forget to visit the current exhibition, “Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art,” while you are at HoMA.

March 9, 2018

Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art Exhibit at HoMA

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The Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) announces its new exhibit titled Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art from May 10, 2018, to September 23, 2018.

HoMa Okinawa Lacquer Exhibit

Exhibition Overview

“Hawai‘i has the largest community of Okinawan descent outside of the Ryukyu Islands. With a history of more than a century, this community has maintained a distinct cultural identity, while at the same time contributing significantly to the rich diversity of the islands.”


UH Mānoa Library has several print resources on Ryukyuan lacqures.

 (not cataloged yet; please request this item from Voyager (UH Mānoa’s Online Publicly Accessible Catalog by choosing “Get This Item.”

Voyager record

April 24, 2017

Hokusai and the Ryukyu Islands: Eight Views of Ryukyu

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Hokusai and the Eight Views of Ryukyu / 北斎の「琉球八景」

According to a tweet, British Museum owns a copy of Hokusai’s Eight Views of Ryukyu.

Urasoe Art Museum and Worcester Art Museum also own a copy, and it also claims that Hokusai never visited the Ryukyu Islands when he made the print.

More materials for further reading:

March 21, 2017

Propaganda Posters and Japan during the WWII

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Japan’s War Propaganda Posters Preserved in Achi Village in Nagano Prefecture (Japan)

A new book titled Puropaganda posutā ni miru Nihon no sensō (プロパガンダ・ポスターにみる日本の戦争; The propaganda posters made and distributed by Japan from 1937 to 1945), written and edited by Natsuko SHIMADA (田島奈都子; Tajima, Natsuko) was published July 2016.

propaganda posters and Japan during the WWII

The image is from the publisher, Bensei Shuppan’s site.

  • Author: Tajima, Natsuko. / 田島奈都子
  • Title: Puropaganda posutā ni miru Nippon no sensō : 135-mai ga utsushidasu shinjitsu. (プロパガンダ・ポスターにみる日本の戦争 : 135枚が映し出す真実)
  • Tōkyō : Bensei Shuppan, 2016. (東京 : 勉誠出版, 2016.)
  • ISBN: 9784585270317
  • 158 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

目次 (Table of Contents)


1 募兵
コラム1 人気図柄

2 戦時体制の強化
コラム2 プロパガンダ・ポスターと美術界―画家と図案家―

3 労働力の確保
コラム3 繰り返される懸賞募集とその光と影

4 女性と子供
コラム4 航空兵物語

5 戦費調達のための貯蓄
コラム5 プロパガンダ・ポスターにおけるデザイン―翻案と写真―

6 節約と供出
コラム6 スクラップ・ブックより

7 戦時期の長野県
コラム7 学童疎開

8 傷兵・遺家族
コラム8 洗脳化計画―繰り返される報道と図案利用―
コラム9 ポスターの末路


The book is written in Japanese.