April 24, 2017

Hokusai and the Ryukyu Islands: Eight Views of Ryukyu

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Hokusai and the Eight Views of Ryukyu / 北斎の「琉球八景」

According to a tweet, British Museum owns a copy of Hokusai’s Eight Views of Ryukyu.

Urasoe Art Museum and Worcester Art Museum also own a copy, and it also claims that Hokusai never visited the Ryukyu Islands when he made the print.

More materials for further reading:

April 6, 2017

Uta nu Hana: Nomura-ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu 50th Anniversary Concert

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Uta nu Hana (うたぬはな): Nomura-ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu 50th Anniversary Concert

Nomuraryū Ongaku Kyōkai Hawai’i Shibu presents 50th anniversary concert.

  • Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
  • Time: 2 PM (Doors open at 1:30 PM)
  • Location: Kaimuki High School Theater
  • Admission: $30 (pre-sale); $35 at the door
  • Questions: 808-623-6110

uta nu hana concert flyer

UH Mānoa Library has a few resources related to Nomuraryū Ongaku Kyōkai.

April 3, 2017

Shisa Day in Okinawa: April 3rd

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Shīsā (4/3) Day in Okinawa

In standard Japanese, the number 4 is pronounced in different ways. One of the pronunciation is “shi.” The number 3 is pronounced as “san,” thus April 3rd (04/03) in Okinawa was named as the “Shīsā Day.”

On June 29, 2012, the University of Hawai’i Library received a pair of shīsā (シーサー) from the University of the Ryukyus to “commemorate he establishment of the Center for Okinawan Studies.”

Below is a link to the University of the Ryukyus’ own account on why they decided to send a pair of shīsā to UH Mānoa, and who design the shīsā (Professor emeritus Sadao Nishimura / 西村貞雄琉球大学名誉教授) to commemorate the opening of the Center for Okinawan Studies at UH Mānoa.



Here is a video of the installation of the shīsā in front of the Hamilton Library on the UH Mānoa campus.