April 9, 2021

Online Shimakutuba Learning Opportunity

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Ukwanshin Kabudan in Hawai’i announced that it is going to have an online (Zoom) shimakutuba learning event.

  • Title: Online Shimakutuba Gakumun Kai
  • Date & Time: Monday, April 12, 2021 (HST), 7:30 PM – 9 PM
  • Venue: Zoom https://bit.ly/2XkyQHQshimakutuba
  • Their event flyer reads:

The organizer states that their Shimakutuba classes will be online every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 PM – 9 PM, HST.

*Notes: By joining this Zoom webcast, you acknowledge that video/audio recording will be conducted. The recording will be available for future viewing on the Ukwanshin private online channel.

If you are interested in viewing past recorded videos of Ukwanshin Online! Series, you are invited to register for our private Youtube channel. Just send a request for registration information to events@ukwanshinkabudan.org

February 24, 2021

Imaginary Homelands: Okinawan Performance and Concert by Artists

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“If, in fact, all memory is constructed, then how do keepers of a tradition sleep soundly at night? Meet artists Kenny Endo, Norman Kaneshiro, and Yukie Shiroma as they share their explorations of the intersection of Japanese taiko, Okinawan sanshin, and modern dance; and between the old and the new. Hear their stories of the collaborative process. The project
is the first of its kind and the first collaboration between the three artists. The culminating Concert will be held at Leeward Theatre in January 2022.”

Source: https://www.outreach.hawaii.edu/events/concert-series-imaginary-homelands/

Imaginary Homelands Concert Series Pictures

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021, HST
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (HST)

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/y5kacrnt

The “Imaginary Homelands”artistic collaboration began in 2019 with inspiration from writer, Salman Rushdie, who describes our remembrances of homelands as like a broken mirror, with some of its fragments lost forever. The act of revisiting the cultural past, he writes, is more about memory and forgetting than recreating precisely what once was.

Kenny Endo was the first non-Japanese national to be honored with a “natori,” a professional stage name. He is Artistic Director of the Taiko Center of the Pacific and tours extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally with his innovative cross-cultural musical collaborations.
Norman Kaneshirois a founder and musical director of Ukwanshin Kabudan, an Okinawan performing arts organization, and instructor of Okinawan music in the University of Hawai‘i’s Department of Music.
Yukie Shiroma, modern and Okinawan dancer, is instructor of Okinawan dance in the University of Hawai‘i’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Artistic Director of mask physical theatre company, Monkey Waterfall.
In addition to the three primary artists, the show will also include Derek Fujio, Music Department Chair and Orchestra teacher at Kaimuki Middle School and president of the Okinawan koto organization, Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyokai Hawaii [sic].

February 21, 2021

2021 Loochoo Identity Summit on March 20 via Zoom

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Ukwanshin Kabudan has announced its LooChoo Identity Summit 2021. It will be held online on March 20, 2021 (HST) via Zoom. This year will mark the 7th year.


If you ask most people in Okinawa today the meaning of the Uchinaaguchi phrase nankuru naisa, you will most likely hear the Japanese phrase nantoka naru, which roughly translates to “somehow, something will become of it.” For many, nankuru naisa represents the easy-going, happy go-lucky islander lifestyle that has come to dominate depictions of Loochoo and its people. However, a deeper examination of the phrase, its original context, and the history of Shimanchu shifts the meaning of nankuru naisa from an expression of passive resignation, to one of deep conviction and fortitude to stand up and persevere against daunting or even impossible odds. For our very first virtual summit, we will hear stories of those who have chosen to take a stand in what they believe in and challenge our worldwide participants to find empowerment and hope in our culture and identity.”

Source: https://loochooidentity.org/

To register, please visit https://loochooidentity.org/, and click the “Attend” from the navigational bar on the top.

LooChoo Identity Summit 2021 homepage

“No fee will be assessed – it’s free!

The Summit events will begin at 1:00 pm (Hawaii time) to accommodate our viewers in Okinawa and projected to conclude by 6:00pm.

Registration is limited to 200 participants. You are encouraged to register as soon as possible to ensure access to this webcast event on the ZOOM platform.”

Source: https://loochooidentity.org/register/

August 25, 2020

2020 Virtual Okinawan Festival

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The Hawai’i United Okinawa Association (HUOA) announced that it would have its annual Hawai’i Okinawan Festival virtually this year.


Date: September 4, 5, & 6, 2020


On September 4, the Center for Okinawan Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library will host a webinar with HUOA to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Hawai’i.


The online registration form is available on the page above.

December 4, 2019

2020 LooChoo Identity Summit at Windward Community College

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The Ukwanshin Kabudan has announced its annual LooChoo Identity Summit details.

LooChoo Identity Summit 2020

  • Dates: March 6-8, 2020
  • Locations:
    • March 6 & 7: Windward Community College, Kaneohe, HI
    • March 8: Pagoda Restaurant Ballroom, Honolulu, HI

“Questions? Please reply to this email [ukwanshinevents@gmail.com] for any questions. The planning committee [of LooChoo Identity Summit] continues to work on developing a meaningful and relevant program agenda. We will share new updates with you as we finalize the conference details.”

November 1, 2019

Kokoro Odoru Premiere at HIFF

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A film titled Okinawan Blue (Kokoro Odoru) will be premiered at the 2019 Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF)!

According to the HIFF site, the film is “[s]et in the quaint, picturesque island of Zamami, OKINAWAN BLUE explores what the island life means to its visitors and residents, weaving three strands of stories together into a sweet and moving omnibus film…Loosely tying these narratives together are characters that move in and out of the stories, especially the innkeeper of the Full Moon Hotel and her assistant, Yuhi, played by renowned Okinawan actor Shogen. Funny, quirky, and moving, OKINAWAN BLUE captures the breathtaking beauty and uniqueness of the region and its people.”

Source: https://hiff.org/en/festivals-and-events/film-schedule/film/okinawan-blue

Okinawan Blue trailer: https://youtu.be/jrTjzECfbks

The 39th Annual Hawai’i International Film Festival (2019)

O’ahu: November 7-19, 2019

Big Island (Hawai’i Island), Kaua’i, Maui: November 21-24, 2019

October 18, 2019

2019 Okinawa Karate Day

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In March 2005, Okinawa Prefectural Government decreed that October 25th is a Karate Day. This year there are some events planned to commemorate the Karate Day.

Okinawa Karate Kaikan (沖縄空手会館) announced that they will host the Okinawa Karate International Seminar 2019 in 2020.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Total 6 days

Okinawa Karate Kaikan Dojo

Opening ceremony January 21 (Tue) 9: 30-10: 00
Seminars from each style; January 21 (Tues.) – 26 (Sun.),
10:00~12:00/13:30 – 15:30 (Morning and afternoon sessions come as one set)
4 ryūha will hold seminars every day (Shorin-ryū/Uechi-ryū/Goju-ryū/Kobudo)
You can select one session per day, for a total of 4 seminars.
Bus tour January 23 (Thurs)
Closing ceremony January 25 (Sat)
Exchange demonstration January 26 (Sun)
Farewell Party January 26 (Sun)

Okinawa Karate International Seminar Information

Another event will be held “Demonstrations on Karate Day” on October 25, 2019.

Demonstrations on Karate Day

The Library has a huge collection of karate related materials. Some items are not circulating (cannot be checked out), but some are circulating.

For the Library’s Hawai’i Karate Special Collection, please visit https://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/okinawa/hawaii_karate_collection

Hawaii Karate Collection in Hamilton Library

September 30, 2019

Hajichi in Okinawa and Tattoos in Taiwan

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The Asahi Shinbun Digital article has published an article on hajichi, tattoo practice, in Okinawa.

The article’s headline reads,” 沖縄の入れ墨ハジチ「女性の誇り」禁じられ消滅したが」, roughly translated, “Hajichi (tattooing) in Okinawa was once women’s pride in Okinawa, but was forced to exist.”

According to the article, the Meiji government prohibited hajichi (tattoos in Okinawa) in 1899.

Meanwhile, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum is going to have an exhibit titled “Hajichi in Okinawa, tattoos among the indigenous Taiwanese people:  Past and Present,” from October 5th 2019 to November 4, 2019.

Hajichi in Okinawa and Tattoos among the indigenous Taiwanese people

Image source: https://okimu.jp/exhibition/1567577451/

UH Mānoa students and faculty have access to Asahi Shinbun Digital.

Asahi Shinbun Digital / 朝日新聞DIGITAL


UH ID & password required to use Asahi Shinbun Digital.

NOTE: Only 5 users allowed at a time. If you cannot login, please try again later.

Asahi Shinbun Digital, the digital version of the Asahi Shinbun (different fee-based articles from the ones in the print version on the Kikuzo II), provides the latest news released in the past 24 hours and full-page images of the past two weeks. It enables users to search the full-text articles of the past one year. The content is updated on a daily basis

For more information, please read: https://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/japan/blog/asahidigital

Related resources available at UH Mānoa Library

  • Nantō zanshō onnatachi no hajichi : Okinawa, Miyako Shotō no irezumi / Kitamura Minao kantoku, Miura Yōko seisaku = Hajichi : women’s tattoo tradition in Okinawa & Miyako Islands, Japan. = 南島残照女たちの針突 : 沖縄・宮古諸島のイレズミ / 北村皆雄監督, 三浦庸子制作 = Hajichi : Women’s tattoo tradition in Okinawa & Miyako Islands, Japan. [DVD]

Call number: DVD 14667

  • Nantō zanshō Taiwan genjū minzoku no irezumi / Kitamura Minao kantoku, Miura Yōko seisaku = Tatto traditions among the indigenous peoples of Taiwan. 南島残照台湾原住民族のイレズミ / 北村皆雄監督, 三浦庸子制作 = Tatto traditions among the indigenous peoples of Taiwan: the Paiwan, Rukai, Sisiyat, and Atayal.

Call number: DVD 14688

  • Shinpan Hajichi no aru fūkei : Higa Seishin shashinten / henshū Naha-shi Rekishi Hakubutsukan. = 新版ハジチのある風景 : 比嘉清眞写真展 / 編集那覇市歴史博物館.

Call number: East GT2346.J3 S56 2010

  • Amami no hazuki [sic] : kieta irezumi shūzoku /
    奄美の針突 : 消えた入墨習俗 /

Call number: East GT2346.J3 Y35 2003

  • Hajichi : Misato chiku / Henshū Okinawa-shi Kyōiku Iinkai Bunkaka. = 針突 : 美里地区 / 編集沖縄市教育委員会文化課.

Call number: East GT2346.J3 H25 1987

  • Nantō hajichi kikō : Okinawa fujin no irezumi o miru / Ichikawa Shigeharu cho.
    南島針突紀行 : 沖縄婦人の入墨を見る / 市川重治著.

Call number: East GT2346.J3 I24 1983

Need a complete bibliographic information from UH Mānoa Library’s online catalog?

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  1. Copy the call number GT2346.J3 I24 1983
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August 16, 2019

Okinawan Princess Book Talk Event in Hamilton Library

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The Okinawa Collection in Hamilton Library is pleased to announce that it will host a book talk event with the author, Lee A. Tonouchi, and the illustrator, Laura Kina, on the recently published a picture book titled Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos (Honolulu: Bess Press, 2019).


Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos

The above image is used with permission from Bess Press.

About the author:

Lee A. Tonouchi is a full Okinawan yonsei born and raised in Hawai’i. He is known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla” for his championing of Pidgin a.k.a Hawai’i Creole to be accepted as a legitimate language. His last book, Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son: One Hawai’i Okinawan Journal, published by Bess Press, won the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Poetry/Prose.

About the illustrator:

Laura Kina is a “hapa, yonsei, Uchinanchu” artist and educator based in Chicago. Her artwork addresses Asian American and mixed race identities and histories with a focus on Okinawa and Hawai’i diasporas. She is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University and coeditor of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013), and Que(e)rying Contemporary Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2017).

At this event, Kent Sakoda, a community liaison at the Charlene Junko Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies will explain the Center’s roles and goals of maintaining Hawaiian Pidgin as a living language.


This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Hamilton Library does not permit food and beverages (except bottled water).

See, Libraryʻs Use and Conduct Policy: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/library/about/organization/policy/use_conduct/

Parking Information

  • Visitor Parking Locations (maps) & Fees
    • Parking Office
      • Phone: 808-956-8899 Fax: 808-956-9811
      • Email: parking@hawaii.edu
      • Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:45 am – 4:30 pm


  • Disability Access (maps)


Event Co-Sponsors

  • The Center for Okinawan Studies at UH Mānoa
  • The Charlene Junko Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies
  • The Hawaiian Collection in Hamilton Library


Sachiko Iwabuchi, Okinawa Studies Librarian (okicoll@hawaii.edu)

August 15, 2019

Okinawan Princess Book Signing at HUOA

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The Hawai’i United Okinawa Association (HUOA) has announced that it will host a book signing event with the author, Lee A. Tonouchi, and the illustrator, Laura Kina, on August 17, 2019. Lee, who is known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” has published a book titled Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos (Honolulu: Bess Press, 2019).  The book is written in English, and is translated into an Okinawan language (shimakutuba or Uchināguchi).

  • Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Place: Hawaii Okinawa Center (94-587 Ukee Street, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797)


HUOA Okinawan Princess book signing event

Image source: https://www.huoa.org/nuuzi/index.html

Lee’s Okinawan Princess accompanies colorful illustrations by Laura Kina, a “hapa, yonsei, Uchinanchu” artist and educator based in Chicago. Her artwork addresses Asian American and mixed race identities and histories with a focus on Okinawa and Hawai’i diasporas. She is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University and coeditor of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013), and Que(e)rying Contemporary Asian American Art(University of Washington Press, 2017).

According to the HUOA, the event will have an artist/author talk from 9:30 am to 10:00 am, followed by a book signing with Lee A. Tonouchi and Laura Kina.

Related pages:

  • “Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos book tour”


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