December 24, 2018

Okinawa Festival in Yokohama Japan

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There are two major cities in mainland Japan where many Okinawans migrated for work. Tsurumi-ku (Tsurumi Ward) in Yokohama City is one of the areas where Okinawan descendants keep their culture by having an annual Okinawan Festival. This year, 2018, Tsurumi Uchina Matsuri (Tsurumi Okinawan Festival) was held on November 11 & 12 (Sat & Sun).

Tsurumi Uchina Festival 2018

Source: https://鶴見ウチナー祭.com/

The Okinawa Collection recently acquired a monograph on Okinawans in Yokohama.

Yokohama Tsurumi Okinawa Kenjinkai, Editor, Issuing Body. Yokohama Tsurumi Okinawa Kenjinkaishi : Tsurumi Okinawa Kenjin Hyakunen No Ayumi. 2016.


  • Yokohama Tsrumi Okinawa Kenjinkai
  • Internal migrants — Japan — Yokohama-shi
  • Ryukyuans — Japan — Yokohama-shi — History
  • Tsurumi-ku (Yokohama-shi, Japan) — History

Language: Japanese

December 19, 2018

LooChoo Identity Summit 2019

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Ukwanshin Kabudan, a non-profit, Ryukyu performing arts troupe based in Honolulu, has announced that the registration for the 5th LooChoo Identity Summit is now open. This year the LooChoo Identity Summit (previously called Conference) will be held at Hale Ākoakoa on the campus of Windward Community College in Honolulu, HI.

What is LooChoo and what is LooChoo Identity Summit?

5th LooChoo Identity Summit

According to the organizer, the LooChoo Identity Summit is:

“… a three-day gathering that brings people of Ryukyuan descent and Ryukyuan enthusiasts together to ponder and discuss various themes relating to Ryukyuan identity and indigeneity. Over the course of a weekend, we do a variety of lectures, performances, small-group discussions, and large-group sharing to guide participants through a process of critically thinking about their identity and/or their roles within the ethnic community both locally and abroad. While we call it a ‘summit’ – for lack of a better English term – we do not aim to come to a general consensus or resolution, but instead, aim to have individuals walk away with their own personal affirmations that will hopefully spark actions, big and small, to perpetuate understanding and appreciation of our Ryukyuan heritage.”


The registration and summit’s schedule are available on the following pages.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizer.

December 14, 2018

Old Maps in Asia: An International Symposium at Toyo Bunko

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On December 8 & 9, 2018, the Seventh International Symposium of Inter-Asia Research Networks was held at Toyo Bunko in Tokyo, Japan.

Old Maps in Asia Toyo Bunko Symposium

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(Accessed on December 14, 2018)

The theme of the symposium was “Old Maps in Asia: Basic Information and Perspective for New Research.” Two researchers made presentations on the maps of Okinawa.

(1) WATANABE Miki (The University of Tokyo)

“The Oldest Map Becomes the Newest: Takemori Dōetsu’s 1696 Map of the Ryūkyū Kingdom”

(2) TAKAHASHI Kimiaki (Toyo Bunko; Nagoya University)

“Ryukyu and Taiwan in Maps of China Made in Edo Japan”

The National Archives of Japan’s Digital Archive has several maps of the Ryukyus.

The Okinawa Prefectural Archives also has a page dedicated to the maps of the Ryukyus.

Past Events related to the Maps of the Ryukyus

Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum’s exhibition: “Maps of the Ryukyus and Okinawa” (February – April 2017)

Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum Exhibit 2017