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

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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

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September 23, 2018. “Hawai Daigaku de hatsukaisai! Okinawa Shinkigeki tsuā, “Kokoro ga tsunagu arohaisai.” Retrieved from

October 29, 2018. “Hawai. Warai tanoshimi kokoro tsunagu Hawai de shinkigeki seikyō sengo no Okinawa shien ni kansha. Retrieved from

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 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).

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.