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

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.