April 22, 2019

Okinawan Princess Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos

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The local Hawai’i publisher, Bess Press, is going to publish a book titled Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos, written by Lee A. Tonouchi, illustrated by Laura Kina, and transted into Japanese & Okinawan by Masashi Sakihara.

Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos

The image above is copyrighted by Bess Press. Bess Press approved the use of this image on this blog.

Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos, Honolulu: Bess Press, 2019.

Below is an excerpt about the author and the illustrator.

About the author

“Lee A. Tonouchi is a full Okinawan yonsei born and raised in Hawai’i. He is known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla” for his championing of Pidgin a.k.a Hawai’i Creole to be accepted as a legitimate language. His last book, Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son: One Hawai’i Okinawan Journal, published by Bess Press, won the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Poetry/Prose.

About the illustrator

Laura Kina is a “hapa, yonsei, Uchinanchu” artist and educator based in Chicago. Her artwork addresses Asian American and mixed race identities and histories with a focus on Okinawa and Hawai’i diasporas. She is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University and coeditor of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013), and Que(e)rying Contemporary Asian American Art(University of Washington Press, 2017).”

Source: https://www.besspress.com/okinawan-princess

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library has some hajichi / 針突 (tattoos in Okinawa) related resources.

  • Shinpan Hajichi no aru fūkei : Higa Seishin shashin ten / henshū Naha-shi Rekishi Hakubutsukan. = 『新版ハジチのある風景 : 比嘉清眞写真展』 / 編集那覇市歴史博物館 [2010]
  • Hajichi : Misato chiku / Henshū Okinawa-shi Kyōiku Iinkai Bunkaka. = 『針突 : 美里地区』 / 編集沖縄市教育委員会文化課. [1987]
  • Nantō hajichi kikō : Okinawa fujin no irezumi o miru / Ichikawa Shigeharu cho. = 『南島針突紀行 : 沖縄婦人の入墨を見る』 / 市川重治著 (1983).

Drawings of Sappō Ceremony on Okinawa TV

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The Okinawa Television Broadcasting Co. aired some portion of the Drawings of Sappō/Sakuhō Ceremony for Ryukyu King [琉球国王冊封之図] on TV. The item used in the news is a combined scroll of two drawings by Yamaguchi Suiō [山口水翁]. One drawing is titled as the Drawings of Sappō/Sakuhō Ceremony for Ryukyu King [琉球国王冊封之図], and the other is titled as the Drawings of World Ship Ensigns [蛮国渡海船旗之図].

HW758 Ryūkyū kokuō sakuhō no zu



HW758 Ryūkyū kokuō sakuhō no zu page 2

HW758 Ryūkyū kokuō sakuhō no zu/Bankoku tokai senki no zu page 6

The image will be used during the news on April 23, 2019 from 6:14 PM (Japan Time).

The TV program name: OTV LiveNews It!

*The air time and date might change.

April 9, 2019

Hui O Laulima Garage Sale

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Hui O Laulima, one of the Hawai’i United Okinawa Association’s clubs, is going to have a garage sale!

Hui O Laulima Garage Sale

About Hui O Laulima: “The organization was founded at the suggestion of the late Mr. Tommy Toma who served as president of the United Okinawan Association during the fiscal year 1968-1969. He felt the need for a women’s organization that could assist in taking care of visiting officials from Okinawa and their families.”

Source: http://www.huoa.org/nuuzi/clubs/huiolaulima.html

Questions? Email: huiolaulima[at]gmail.com (replace [at] with @)

April 1, 2019

April First 1945 in Okinawa

Filed under: news — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 2:00 PM

Most people think of April 1st as “April Fool’s Day.” In Okinawa, April First is associated with and remembered as the day that Okinawa was invaded by the U.S. ground troops.

 Okinawa Marine Cave Demolition

Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:OkinawaMarineCaveDemolition.jpg

“This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.”

According to Encyclopædia Britannica ACADEMIA, an online encyclopedia, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library subscribes to,

“Over the final days of March, American underwater demolition teams and minesweepers cleared obstacles from the landing beaches. Under the overall leadership of theatre commander Adm. Chester Nimitz, Fifth Fleet commander Adm. Raymond Spruance would oversee the landings and U.S. ground troops would be commanded by Lieut. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. The invasion was launched on April 1, 1945, when a contingent of U.S. ground troops landed at Hagushi, on the west coast of central Okinawa. Before nightfall, some 50,000 men of the U.S. 10th Army, under the command of Buckner, had gone ashore and established a beachhead about 5 miles (8 km) long.”

Britannica Academic, s.v. “Battle of Okinawa,” accessed April 1, 2019, https://academic.eb.com/levels/collegiate/article/Battle-of-Okinawa/631143.

Ted Tsukiyama, Nisei soldier from Hawai’i wrote,

The April 1st [1945] invasion was preceded by 7 days of “softening up” artillery fire of 13,000 rounds by U.S. Navy guns and 3,095 sorties by carrier planes from Task Force 58 at the proposed landing sites at Hagushi and Chatan beaches.

Source: http://nisei.hawaii.edu/object/io_1149316185200.html

The Battle of Okinawa related resources and information: https://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/okinawa/peace_learning