May 19, 2017

Endangered Species Day 2017

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Endangered Species Day 2017 : Endangered Species in Okinawa

May 19, 2017 marks the 12th annual Endangered Species Day. The list of the endangered species in the Pacific Islands, including Hawai’i, is available here.

Okinawa’s Iriomote wild cats (イリオモテヤマネコ / ヤママヤー in Okinawan; Mayailurus iriomotensis)is one of the endangered species.

Yaeyama Shotō no shizen : shizen, utsukushii umi, shimajima, ikimono = 『八重山諸島の自然 自然·美しき海、島々、生き物』/ chosaku, seisaku Okinawa-ken ; seisaku kigyō Konsōshiamu OVT Inpuresuto (DVD)

Current Location: UH Manoa: Sinclair AV Center
Call Number: DVD 10105

In 206, seven Iriomote wild cats were hit and killed by a car, according to the Ryukyu Shimpo (published on December 8. 2016).

The University of the Ryukyu’s Museum, Fūjukan (風樹館) offers digital images of the wild animals in Okinawa.

The Okinawa Prefectural Government has updated the list of the endangered species animals in Okinawa on May 19, 2017 (Endangered Species Day 2017).

改訂・沖縄県の絶滅のおそれのある野生生物(レッドデータおきなわ)第3版-動物編 [=Revised (list of Endangered Species in Okinawa (Red Okinawa), the Third Edition] – the site is written in Japanese.

A picture of yanbarukuina

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May 18, 2017

The Fourth LooChoo Identity Conference in March 2018

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The Fourth LooChoo Identity Conference will be held in March, 2018 at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

2018 LooCoo Identity Conference  announcement

The details are available below:


Locally-owned Hilo Hawaiian Hotel has been selected as the conference hotel.   Special conference discounted rates are being offered to participants.  Advanced reservations are being accepted now (please see attached form).  Special rates include free wi-fi and parking.  Hotel stay before and after the conference dates may also be arranged at the special conference rates.

Flights to/from Hilo

Island Air is the official carrier for Ukwanshin Kabudan which will tentatively begin service to Hilo in August 2017.   Special discounted airfare will be offered to participants.  Passengers will be allowed 2 free bags.  A link to book Island Air travel on-line will be made available when the Hilo flights/dates are posted.

We can also assist you if you prefer to fly on Hawaiian Airlines.  Passengers are allowed 2 free bags and waived fees for itinerary changes.  Please contact us at:


Coming soon! Registration information (fees, deadline, and payment) will be available on our new website.  Stay tuned.


Please reply to this email for any questions.  The planning committee continues to work on developing a meaningful and relevant program agenda.  We will share new updates with you as we finalize the conference details.


May 15, 2017

The 45th Anniversary of Okinawa’s Reversion to Japan

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May 15, 2017 marks the 45th Anniversary of Okinawa’s Reversion to Japan

A newspaper article from the Ryukyu Shimpo [written in Japanese] discusses the economic aspects (economic growth) after the reversion in 1972.

English version of the commentary is here: “Okinawa public opinion poll on the 45th anniversary of the Okinawa Reversion Agreement focused on bases, casts shadow on Okinawans” (published on May 9, 2017, Japan Standard Time).

Graph of economic ebbs in Okinawa An image of major historical events in Okinaw after the reversion to Japan in 1972

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Okinawa reversion treaty : hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Ninety-second Congress, first session, on Ex. J. 92-1, the agreement between the United States of American and Japan concerning the Ryukyu Islands and the Daito Islands : October 27, 28, and 29, 1971.

Okinawa reversion / edited by Chihiro Hosoya (1977)

The Takazawa Collection = Takazawa Bunko = 高沢文庫 (par of Japan Special Collection; appointment required for accessing the Collection)

“From Kōji Takazawa’s personal library. Contains a large collection of primary and secondary materials on Japanese social movements of the 1960’s through early 1990’s, primarily those connected to the New Left social movement. Primary materials deal with the American military presence in Japan, Japanese response to the Vietnam war, student and citizens’ environmental movements, minority rights, peace and labor, anti-emperor movements, movements against airport construction and land appropriations, prison reform and anti-death penalty movements; the reversion of Okinawa, Japanese policy in North and South Korea; …”


Title: “Okinawa: Reversion to Japan and Future Prospects”
Author: Makota Takizawa
Title of the Journal: Asian Survey
Vol. 11, No. 5 (May, 1971), pp. 496-505
Published by: University of California Press
DOI: 10.2307/2642984
Stable URL:

“Remembering the Battle of Okinawa : the Reversion Movement” / Shinji Kojima in Uchinaanchu diaspora : memories, continuities and constructions / Joyce N. Chinen, guest editor.

The image of book cover titled Okinawan Diaspora

News article on the discrimination people in and from the Amami Islands experienced when the Amami Islands were returned to Japan on December 15, 1953.

[newspaper articles]

「日本復帰あす45年 奄美出身、苦難の歴史 米統治下、『非琉球』で差別」(琉球新報、2017年5月14日)[Roughly translated, “Tomorrow mars the 45th Anniversary of Okinawa’s Reversion: A history of oppression and discrimination as ‘non-Ryukyuans,”experienced by the people in the Amami Islands” ; the article is written in Japanese only]

「きょう沖縄復帰45年 基地の過重負担いまだ」(沖縄タイムス、沖縄タイムス 5/15[/2017])

A photo of the signage made of stone for the Okinawa Prefectural Government after its reversion to Japan in 1972[Image source:]

【沖縄復帰45年】依然、米軍専用施設の70%が集中 本島の15%占める(沖縄タイムス 5/15[/2017])

Two images showing the locations of the United States military bases in Okinawa; one in 1972, and the other is 2017[Image source:]

Okinawa Times writes that they created the maps above, based on the information collected from the Okinawa Prefectural Government.


「沖縄から伝えたい。米軍基地の話。Q&A Book」– A site created by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (written in Japanese only)

May 10, 2017

Library of Congress added digitized newspaper articles on the Japanese Internment Camps

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“Journalism, Behind Barbed Wire,” a weblog written by 

The blog post announces that more than 4,600 items from the newspapers, published in the 13 internment camps. The Library of Congress digitized them.



[Source: Current Awareness Portal by the National Diet Library of Japan, published on May 9, 2017 (JST)]

Image of a newspaper published by the Japanese Americans in the Internment Camp

Click the image above to visit the larger image with meta data (with an option to download the image).

On the related topic, the above Current Awareness Portal includes its older weblog post on digitization of Japanese American Internment camp documents.

CSUDH [California State University, Dominguez Hills] Receives National Parks Service Grant to Lead Digitization of Japanese American Internment Documents


There is an online resource page to learn Japanese & Japanese Americans in Hawi’i at the University of Hawai at Mānoa Library.

Internment of Japanese & Japanese Americans in Hawaii: Home

The University Archives & Manuscripts Department in the UH Mānoa Library has a Japanese American Veterans Collection.

Digital Resources Chaplain Higuchi Wartime Correspondence

May 9, 2017

Battle of Okinawa Digital Archive

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Text Search is now available at the Battle of Okinawa Digital Archive

The Battle of Okinawa Digital Archive [], created by Professor Hidenori Watanave [sic; standard spelling of his last name is Watanabe] and his research group, made text search available.  A keyword such as “jiketsu / 自決, suicide” is now searchable in their database.

An image of a tweet by Prof. Hidenori Watanave


The Okinawa Times Plus’s Special Site for the Battle of Okinawa

May 8, 2017

Skills and Knowledge to Understand Komonjo

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Skills and Knowledge of Understanding Komonjo / 古文書, Archives and Old Documents

The University of the Ryukyus Library’s Okinawa Collection [琉球大学沖縄資料室] offers a monthly column called “Kijimun’s Monologue.” Some of the column’s back number has English version in addition to the Japanese version.

Last month’s column was about the characters used in komonjo / 古文書 (ancient documents).

Image of Kijimun's Monologue, April 2017


“Among Komonjo of Ryukyu, the most beautiful character was used in Omorosōshi (an anthology of ancient songs for religious service in Ryukyu. Completed in 1531.) This is the record of prayers which Kikoe ōkimi (the chief priestess) and Noro (priestess) gave.”



The Japan Studies Librarian at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa organized a workshop in February 2017. Some of the presentations made during the workshop are related to the characters used in komonjo.

NIJL Workshop at UH Mānoa, February 2017

Introduction to kuzushiji (cursive Japanse calligraphy): As an example of “Fuji no Hitoana” owned by the Honolulu Museum of Art by Prof. Tomoko Koida of National Institute of Japanese Literature [NIJL] (恋田知子、国文学研究所教授).

UH Mānoa Library has some dictionaries and learning materials on kuzushiji [cursive Japanese].

<How to Find These Resources>
  1. Go to the UH Mānoa Library’s Online Catalog, Voyager [].
  2. Search the catalog with a keyword, “kuzushiji.” (no quotation marks)

May 2, 2017

Photo Book RED FLOWER, THE WOMEN OF OKINAWA by a photographer by Mao Ishikawa

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A new photo book titled Red Flower, the women of Okinawa [赤花 アカバナ 沖縄の女] by a photographer Mao Ishikawa [石川真生]

The Ryukyu Shimpo describes the photo book as “a compilation of 80 photographs, including previously un-published pictures, taken from 1975-1977 in Koza and Kin, capturing women and American soldiers while Ishikawa was working in bars that serviced the American military.”

Source:, accessed on May 1, 2017, HST.

The Japanese version of the same article can be read here.

Ms. Ishikawa was also invited to speak at UC Berkeley on race, gender, and nation on April 7, 2017, along with the professors, Wendy Matsumura of UC San Diego and Annmaria Shimabuku of New York University.

The readers can look at some of the photographs included in the photo book here.

Some pictures included in the photo book titled Red Flower, the Women of Okinawa

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