March 28, 2019

Afusoryu Sanshin in NY Preview Performance

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The Afusoryu Gensen Kai Hawaii [sic] will have a preview concert before they play in NYC!

Afuso-ryu Preview Performance

  • Date: March 28, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Hawaii Okinawa Center (94-587 Ukeʻe Street, Waipahu, HI 96797)
  • Admission: $30.00

“Please join us for a special Preview as we bring the DC and NYC performances to you. Be a part of this momentous event, and enjoy an evening filled with live Okinawan koten/minyo music and dance!”

For information or tickets contact Melissa at (808) 497-3037or by email at

March 21, 2019

Voices from the Homeland: updated information

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Ukwanshin Kabudan is excited to announce that  Gov. Denny Tamaki will be adding his voice to our “Voices from the Homeland” concert.  The Governor will present a Keynote address to open the concert.  It will be interesting to hear him  share his stories and memories of being Uchinānchu.

Voices from the Homeland flyer

Image source:

More information is available from the site below:


March 15, 2019

Voices from the Homeland: music and dance concert

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Ukwanshin Kabudan announced a music and dance concert, accompanied by its 5th LooChoo Identity Summit.

“This year’s musical concert to conclude the 5th annual LooChoo Identity Summit will showcase the songs and dances of Yaeyama. Yaeyama has long been known as a region rich in the performing arts. Local music artist Hiromi Kinjo and graduate students from the Performing Arts program at Yaeyama High School and Norin High School have thrilled audiences with their heart-felt performances. Summit attendees will have preferential reserved seating (concert ticket included in Summit registration). General seating tickets for the public are available for purchase.
Please join us for an exceptional musical experience!”

5th LooChoo Identity Conference Concert

  • Date & Time: Sunday, March 24, 2019, 2PM – 5 PM
  • Location: Windward Community College, Akoakoa Building, Kaneohe, HI
  • Questions?
    • email:
    • Phone: 808-781-9568

For general seating reservations:

The troupe also announced that the newly elected Okinawa Prefecture’s Governor, Yasuhiro “Denny” Tamaki will attend the 5th LooChoo Summit.

Governor Tamaki’s schedule at the LooChoo Identity Summit

Windward Community College, 45-720 Keaahala Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Hale ‘Akoakoa, Conference Rooms, 101, 103, 105

Saturday, March 23, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

March 14, 2019

New Area in the Shurijо̄ Castle Park Opens

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The Shurijо̄ Park in Okinawa announced that it will open a new area which has not been open to the public. The new area will be open in February 2019.

Shurijo Castle Park New Area

“Parts of the Shurijo [sic] Castle grounds which include the Seiden in Shurijo Castle Park have been open to the public since 1992. The long-awaited opening of Ouchibara and other ‘inner world of Shurijo will take place for the first time on February 1, 2019! We hope you will take this opportunity to visit Shurijo Castle to feel the history of Ryukyu and Okinawa.”

Source (in PDF):

The same information in Japanese is available at


The Asahi Shimbun Digital Edition explains the new area with some photographs. (In Japanese only).

  • 萩原さちこ、「ついに公開! ディープな世界「御内原」とは? 首里城(1)」、朝日新聞DIGITAL、2019年3月4日。
  • 萩原さちこ、「琉球王朝の文化を反映する、正殿の外壁塗装とデザイン 首里城(2)」、朝日新聞DIGITAL、2019年3月11日。
  • 上里隆史、『尚氏と首里城』、吉川弘文館、2016年。Call Number: Hamilton EAST DS895.R97 U358 2016
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  • 沖縄県立埋蔵文化財センター編集、『中城御殿跡』、沖縄県立埋蔵文化財センター、2010年。 Call Number: IN CATALOGING JPN 4010885 (You can request this item by clicking Get This Item button)