November 30, 2016

“Nabbie’s Love” will be played at the East West Center at UH Mānoa Campus

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The Japanese film titled Nabbie’s Love (ナビィの恋) will be played on Sunday, December 4, from 2 to 4 PM at the East West Center’s John A. Burns Hall (1601 East West Road, Honolulu, HI).

According to the East West Center, the film is about “life in a small Okinawan community depicted through the story of a local grandmother, her grandchildren, and a young Japanese visitor.”

Japanese with English subtitles, 92 minutes.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The showing is in conjunction with the gallery exhibition, Ayanuji (綾虹) Okinawa’s Traditional Culture: Past and Present.

Here is a film’s trailer.

Please enjoy the exhibit at the Burns Hall before or after the film!

More events are coming till January 8, 2017.

Gallery Exhibition: AYANUJI Okinawa’s traditional culture: past & present

AAS in Toronto in March 2017

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AAS Annual Conference 2017

AAS Annual Conference 2017

The Association for Asian Studies’ annual conference will be held in March 2017 in Toronto, Canada!

There are some tables that discuss Okinawa.

I am looking forward to attending the sessions related to Okinawa!

Here is a link to the panels proposed:


National Diet Library of Japan’s Digital Images are now linked from CiNii Books!

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Announcement made by the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan.

Now the digitized images housed in the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) are linked from the search results in CiNii Books! Patrons no longer need to search both NDL and CiNii Books separately.

Search results in CiNii Books (CiNii Books の検索結果画面)

new features in CiNii

CiNii Book is also working on including the results from HathiTrust Digital Library and The Nara Institutes for Cultural Heritage’s Comprehensive Database of Archaelogical Site Site Reports in Japan.

Ryukyus and Ancient Rome

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Roman Coins found in Okinawa

Some of you might saw this article back in October, 2016. Some ancient coins from the Roman Empire were found in Okinawa.

Here is the link to the article in The New York Times.

“Roman Artifacts Found in Okinawa Castle” from The New York Times (

The excavation site where ancient Roman coins were discovered in the ruins of the Katsuren castle in Uruma, Okinawa.Credit Uruma City Education Board, via European Pressphoto Agency

The same news can be read in some local Okinawan newspapers that UH Mānoa Library subscribes to. Here is one from The Ryūkyū Shimpō.

「勝連城跡からローマ帝国時代コイン オスマン帝国時代も出土」 (琉球新報) from

If you would like to read more articles on The Ryūkyū Shimpō and The Okinawa Times, here is the link to the site:


Report on the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival in Okinawa, Japan

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Festival Attendants

I was fortunate to attend the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival held in Okinawa, Japan, from October 26 through October 30.  About 8,000 Uchinanchu (= Okinawan expats and Okinawan descents in Okinawan language) gathered in Okinawa.  4,274 people came from the US (among which 1,864 people are from Hawai’i), and 1,131 people came from Brazil.

The pre-Festival parade made me think of an Olympic games opening ceremony.

There were so many events throughout the Festival, and I only attended some of them. The Festival happens every 5 years, and I cannot wait to attend the next Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival!


If you are interested in learning about Uchinanchu and “diaspora,” here are some books you might find helpful: