March 28, 2017

Okinawa: The afterburn Public Film Screening at UH Manoa

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Mark Your Calendar! Okinawa: The afterburn (Urizun no ame / うりずんの雨) comes to the UH Mānoa Campus on Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Center for Okinawan Studies, Ethnic Studies Program, Pacific –Asian Legal Studies Program, & William S. Richardson School of Law (all at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa) are pleased to present the public film screening of “Okinawa: The afterburn,” with the Director, John Junkerman.

  • Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017
  • Time: 1 – 4 PM (English version of film screening, followed by the discussion with Director, John Junkerman)
    • The film’s running time is approximately 2 hours.
  • Location: Shidler College of Business*, Room A-101 (The building has a sign, “TOWER A [2404 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822]
  • Film Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Parking: Free on Sundays on campus

ADA parking map on UH Manoa Campus

Click the map above to see a larger map.  A101 classroom is on C1 on the map above.

  • Contact: The Center for Okinawan Studies at 808-956-5754 or


For those who cannot attend the screening, both Japanese and English versions of the film are available at the Sinclair Library to watch at your own convenience.  The UH Mānoa community members are welcome to check DVDs out. Please read the procedures to check out here. (22. Wong Audiovisual Center).

  • Okinawa urizun no ame / kantoku Jan [sic] Yunkāman = Okinawa: the afterburn (沖縄うりずんの雨 / 監督 ジャン[sic]·ユンカーマン = Okinawa: the afterburn)
  • Okinawa : the afterburn / a film by John Junkerman. (English version)

An Interview with Director by Jon Letman about film screening in Hawai’i

“Okinawa Documentary Portrays The Legacy Of War” (published on April 5, 2017)

What does “Urizun / うりずん” mean? 

According to the film’s official site, “Urizun no Ame,” meaning, “the rains of early spring.” The film’s Japanese version of the site explains, “「うりずん」とは潤い初め(うるおいぞめ)が語源とされ、冬が終わって大地が潤い、草木が芽吹く3月頃から、沖縄が梅雨に入る5月くらいまでの時期を指す言葉.” Roughly translating, “Urizun is believed to originate from the word, “starting to moisten.” After the winter, the land becomes moistened, and the buds come out on the trees. In Okinawa, ‘urizun” is a period between March and May till the rainy season arrives.”

The progress of the Battle of Okinawa [Source: Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum]

For more information, please read the older blog post here.

Larger flyer in PDF is available here: 2017 – COS Lecture (John Junkerman)

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.

March 21, 2017

Free Public Screening of the film Okinawa: The afterburnin the island of Kaua’i

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Okinawa: The afterbun by Director John Junkerman comes to Hawai’i

Saturday, April 8, 2017, John Junkerman, aOscar-nominated filmmaker, comes to Hawai’i to show his film, Okinawa: The afterburn. The film depicts the Battle of Okinawa, the conditions of postwar Okinawa under the US government, and the life after Okinawa’s reversion to Japan.

Here is the details of the film screening in Kaua’i.

  • Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
  • Location: Keālia Farm Market (across from north end of Keālia Beach, Kapa’a)
  • Language: English 
  • Admissions Fee: FREE

Flyer of Okinawa: The afterburn film screening in Kaua'i

Below is the list of the past screenings in the mainland US.

Base Dependency and Okinawa’s Prospects: Behind the Myths: a conversation with Maedomari Hiromori, Professor of Economics and Environmental Policy at Okinawa International University with John Junkerman, Film Director. The Asia-Pacific Journal, November 15, 2016 (Volume 15, Issue 22).

PDF is available here.

About the Director, John Junkerman:

“John Junkerman is an American documentary filmmaker, living in Tokyo. His first film, “Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima,” was a portrait of Japanese atomic-bomb artists Maruki Iri and Toshi. Coproduced with John W. Dower, the film was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Prize at the San Francisco International Film Festival. This was followed by a Siglo production, “Uminchu: The Old Man and the East China Sea,” which portrayed the life of an 81 year-old marlin fisherman on a small Okinawan island. Junkerman directed the Emmy award-winning “Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden,” produced by the Smithsonian. He also produced and directed “The Mississippi: River of Song,” a four-part Smithsonian series for PBS about American roots music along the Mississippi, broadcast in 1999.”


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.

March 10, 2017

Michanu Fui: Okinoerabujima Language Learning Picture Book

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Michanu Fui: A Picture Book to Help People Learn/Revive Okinoerabujima Language 

Linguists on Okinoerabujima language published a picture book titled Michanu Fui / 『みちゃぬ ふい』.  The picture book explains the Okinoerabujima language vocabularies and comes with a CD-ROM. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa received a copy as a gift, and it will be available soon. (As of March 9, 2017, the materials are in processing).

According to the project which produced Michanu Fui, the title (Michanu Fui) means “the voice of the land” in the modern Japanese language.

michanu fui

Okinoerabujima on Google Maps

[Map source: Google Maps, accessed on March 9, 2017, HST]

UH Mānoa Library also has several resources on Okinoerabujima. Below is one of them.

Amami no warabeuta to asobi. 1. Yorontō, Okinoerabujima, Tokunoshima hen / Hidaka Yoshihiro, Maehara Ryūkō. (奄美のわらべ歌と遊び. 1. 与論島·沖永良部島·徳之島編 / 日高良廣·前原隆鋼.)


March 4, 2017

Okinawa Karate Kaikan opens in Okinawa

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Okinawa Karate Kaikan opened in Tomigusuku City (豊見城市)on March 4, 2017

Okinawa Karate Kaikan is a new facility where karate-ka (karate practitioners) can practice in dōjō, and learn karate’s forms and history. The facility also includes a seminar room, a conference room, and an exhibit room.

Karate Kaikan in Okinawa Facilities

UH Manoa has a large number of karate materials, donated from the Hawaii Karate Museum.

According to the newspaper article from Ryukyu Shimpo, karate will appear as one of the sports at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Karate: New Olympic Sport

March 2, 2017

Call for Papers: “Constructing Masculinities” Issue of Asia Pacific Perspectives

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The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce a call for papers for the fall 2017 issue of Asia Pacific Perspectives.

Please visit the site below for more information on submitting the paper.

Call for Papers: “Constructing Masculinities” Issue of Asia Pacific Perspectives

Here is a link to the journal.


March 1, 2017

Tatsuhiro Oshiro’s Cocktail Party was made into a film

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Tatsuhiro Ōshiro’s novel titled Cocktail party (カクテル パーティー = Kakuteru pāti) was made into a film by Director Regge Life. 

Director Regge Life writes, Cocktail party “depicts the underrepresented perspectives of the Okinawan people as it provides insight into a situation of military deployment that has lasted nearly 70 years. If we can understand the complicated human relationships that have developed in Okinawa, we may be provided with a blueprint for future relations between Americans, military and civilian, and the people who live where the United States operates permanent military bases.”

The original novel is available at the UH Mānoa Library:

  • Title: Kakuteru pātī / Ōshiro Tatsuhiro. (カクテル パーティー / 大城 立裕.)
  • Author: Ōshiro, Tatsuhiro, /  (大城 立裕,)
  • Publisher: Tōkyō : Bungei Shunjū, 1967. ( 東京 : 文藝 春秋, 1967.)

A related books on his novel is Okinawa: two postwar novellas, available at the UHM Library.

The author, Mr. Tatsuhiro Ōshiro, visited the UH campus in 2011.

The Cocktail Party, a play by Oshiro Tatsuhiro