February 24, 2021

Imaginary Homelands: Okinawan Performance and Concert by Artists

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“If, in fact, all memory is constructed, then how do keepers of a tradition sleep soundly at night? Meet artists Kenny Endo, Norman Kaneshiro, and Yukie Shiroma as they share their explorations of the intersection of Japanese taiko, Okinawan sanshin, and modern dance; and between the old and the new. Hear their stories of the collaborative process. The project
is the first of its kind and the first collaboration between the three artists. The culminating Concert will be held at Leeward Theatre in January 2022.”

Source: https://www.outreach.hawaii.edu/events/concert-series-imaginary-homelands/

Imaginary Homelands Concert Series Pictures

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021, HST
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (HST)

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/y5kacrnt

The “Imaginary Homelands”artistic collaboration began in 2019 with inspiration from writer, Salman Rushdie, who describes our remembrances of homelands as like a broken mirror, with some of its fragments lost forever. The act of revisiting the cultural past, he writes, is more about memory and forgetting than recreating precisely what once was.

Kenny Endo was the first non-Japanese national to be honored with a “natori,” a professional stage name. He is Artistic Director of the Taiko Center of the Pacific and tours extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally with his innovative cross-cultural musical collaborations.
Norman Kaneshirois a founder and musical director of Ukwanshin Kabudan, an Okinawan performing arts organization, and instructor of Okinawan music in the University of Hawai‘i’s Department of Music.
Yukie Shiroma, modern and Okinawan dancer, is instructor of Okinawan dance in the University of Hawai‘i’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Artistic Director of mask physical theatre company, Monkey Waterfall.
In addition to the three primary artists, the show will also include Derek Fujio, Music Department Chair and Orchestra teacher at Kaimuki Middle School and president of the Okinawan koto organization, Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyokai Hawaii [sic].

February 21, 2021

2021 Loochoo Identity Summit on March 20 via Zoom

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Ukwanshin Kabudan has announced its LooChoo Identity Summit 2021. It will be held online on March 20, 2021 (HST) via Zoom. This year will mark the 7th year.


If you ask most people in Okinawa today the meaning of the Uchinaaguchi phrase nankuru naisa, you will most likely hear the Japanese phrase nantoka naru, which roughly translates to “somehow, something will become of it.” For many, nankuru naisa represents the easy-going, happy go-lucky islander lifestyle that has come to dominate depictions of Loochoo and its people. However, a deeper examination of the phrase, its original context, and the history of Shimanchu shifts the meaning of nankuru naisa from an expression of passive resignation, to one of deep conviction and fortitude to stand up and persevere against daunting or even impossible odds. For our very first virtual summit, we will hear stories of those who have chosen to take a stand in what they believe in and challenge our worldwide participants to find empowerment and hope in our culture and identity.”

Source: https://loochooidentity.org/

To register, please visit https://loochooidentity.org/, and click the “Attend” from the navigational bar on the top.

LooChoo Identity Summit 2021 homepage

“No fee will be assessed – it’s free!

The Summit events will begin at 1:00 pm (Hawaii time) to accommodate our viewers in Okinawa and projected to conclude by 6:00pm.

Registration is limited to 200 participants. You are encouraged to register as soon as possible to ensure access to this webcast event on the ZOOM platform.”

Source: https://loochooidentity.org/register/