April 9, 2021

Online Shimakutuba Learning Opportunity

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Ukwanshin Kabudan in Hawai’i announced that it is going to have an online (Zoom) shimakutuba learning event.

  • Title: Online Shimakutuba Gakumun Kai
  • Date & Time: Monday, April 12, 2021 (HST), 7:30 PM – 9 PM
  • Venue: Zoom https://bit.ly/2XkyQHQshimakutuba
  • Their event flyer reads:

The organizer states that their Shimakutuba classes will be online every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 PM – 9 PM, HST.

*Notes: By joining this Zoom webcast, you acknowledge that video/audio recording will be conducted. The recording will be available for future viewing on the Ukwanshin private online channel.

If you are interested in viewing past recorded videos of Ukwanshin Online! Series, you are invited to register for our private Youtube channel. Just send a request for registration information to events@ukwanshinkabudan.org

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/

August 25, 2020

2020 Virtual Okinawan Festival

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The Hawai’i United Okinawa Association (HUOA) announced that it would have its annual Hawai’i Okinawan Festival virtually this year.


Date: September 4, 5, & 6, 2020


On September 4, the Center for Okinawan Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library will host a webinar with HUOA to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Hawai’i.


The online registration form is available on the page above.

November 27, 2018

Bone-Washing Ritual in Okinawa

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In December 2016, the Okinawa Collection Blog delivered the news that the film titled Born Bone Boon was premiered at the 11th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. The same film, Born Bone Born (the Japanese original title is 「洗骨」(senkotsu) is one of the films premiered at the 38th Hawai’i International Film Festival.

The film uses a bone-washing ritual practiced in a part of Okinawa.

The film’s official site: http://senkotsu-movie.com/

Born Bone Born from HIFF on Vimeo.

The trailer: https://vimeo.com/288817513

This film was directed by Toshiyuki Teruya, who is known as his stage name, “Gori.” Gori is one of the comedians who came to UH Mānoa with the play titled Alohaitai.

Evgeny S. Baksheev wrote an article on rituals in Okinawa, including bone-washing, which is available as an Open Access resource.

Baksheev, Evgeny S. “Becoming Kami? Discourse on Postmortem Ritual Deification in the Ryukyus.” Japan Review, no. 20 (2008): 275-339.

Another author wrote, “[t]he living answer the call of the dead, helping them to resume their
material engagement with the social world. Through most of Okinawa, the practice of senkotsu (bone washing), a creative, coordinated labor organized by the women of the community, was necessary to transform the ruins of the human body into a thing pure and beautiful.”

Christopher T. Nelson. “Listening to the Bones: The Rhythms of Sacrifice in Contemporary Japan.” Boundary 2, Vol. 42, No. 3 (2015): 143-155; the quote from Nelson, “Listening to the Bones,” p. 146.

June 1, 2018

Japanese Film about Senaga Kamejirō

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A film titled “The man the United States feared most: Kamejirō” was released in Japan.

Title (rough translation): The Man the United States Feared the Most: (Senaga) Kamejirō” [= 米軍(アメリカ)が最も恐れた男:その名は、カメジロー」

The film’s Official Site: http://www.kamejiro.ayapro.ne.jp/

The site explains the life and beliefs of Senaga (瀬長) Kamejirō (亀次郎), who was born in 1907 in Tomigusuku, Okinawa and died in 2001. An article titled “Achieving Reversion: Protest and Authority in Okinawa, 1952-70” by Christopher Aldous (2003) explains why the US Government feared Kamejiō. Aldous writes,

The 1950s were a decade of harsh military rule in Okinawa, a period in which an embryonic reversion movement was quickly suppressed, when villages were levelled by bulldozers to make way for US military facilities, and, most revealingly, when a democratically elected mayor, Senaga Kamejiro, with radical left-wing credentials, was forced out of office by the American authorities. In short, it was a time of political polarization, caused above all by arbitrary, oppressive military rule.

Christopher Aldous, “Achieving Reversion: Protest and Authority in Okinawa, 1952-70,” Modern Asian Studies 37, no. 2 (May 2003): 485-508, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X03002099. (To access the article, you need to have a UH ID and password).

The film is currently available only in Japan.

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

[Image source: http://www.pref.okinawa.jp/site/kankyo/shizen/hogo/okinawa_rdb_doubutu.html]


December 11, 2016


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Naha Marathon 2016 and Honolulu Marathon 2016

Naha Marathon

was held on Sunday, December 4, 2016. The temperature at 1:30 PM was 28.2 degrees in Celsius (82.4 degrees in Fahrenheit). It was a hot day for runners!  [Source: The Ryukyu Shimpo, JP version]

Honolulu Marathon

will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016, in Honolulu, HI.

There is a book by an Okinawan man on his marathon journey. Tsutomu Shimabukukro (島袋勉)lost both his legs in an accident, but finished a Honolulu marathon with the prosthetic legs.

Shimabukuro, Tsutomu. Gisoku no rannā : Honoruru Marason 42.195km e no chōsen, Bungeisha, 2005. / 島袋勉、『義足のランナー : ホノルルマラソン42.195kmへの挑戦』(東京、文芸社、2005年)。

UH Mānoa does not own a copy, but you can borrow a copy from the University of the Ryukyus.

The information about how to borrow books from other libraries:


November 30, 2016

National Diet Library of Japan’s Digital Images are now linked from CiNii Books!

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Announcement made by the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan.

Now the digitized images housed in the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) are linked from the search results in CiNii Books! Patrons no longer need to search both NDL and CiNii Books separately.

Search results in CiNii Books (CiNii Books の検索結果画面)

new features in CiNii

CiNii Book is also working on including the results from HathiTrust Digital Library and The Nara Institutes for Cultural Heritage’s Comprehensive Database of Archaelogical Site Site Reports in Japan.

Ryukyus and Ancient Rome

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Roman Coins found in Okinawa

Some of you might saw this article back in October, 2016. Some ancient coins from the Roman Empire were found in Okinawa.

Here is the link to the article in The New York Times.

“Roman Artifacts Found in Okinawa Castle” from The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/science/japan-archaeology-roman-coins.html)

The excavation site where ancient Roman coins were discovered in the ruins of the Katsuren castle in Uruma, Okinawa.Credit Uruma City Education Board, via European Pressphoto Agency

The same news can be read in some local Okinawan newspapers that UH Mānoa Library subscribes to. Here is one from The Ryūkyū Shimpō.

「勝連城跡からローマ帝国時代コイン オスマン帝国時代も出土」 (琉球新報) from http://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/entry-364425.html

If you would like to read more articles on The Ryūkyū Shimpō and The Okinawa Times, here is the link to the site: