Events for Early 2016

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Hi Folks,
Here are some of the Okinawan events that are happening early part of this 2016….


From: Ukwanshin Kabudan
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 1:19 PM
Subject: Upcoming events


We hope your New Year has begun well and would like to remind you of our upcoming events we dont want you to miss!

Okinawa New Year Celebration

Saturday February 6th, 5pm at Jikoen is our annual Okinawa New Year celebration as we celebrate the traditionsal lunar/ “Chinese” New Year. The official start of the Year of the Fire Monkey will we on Monday February 8th. Come and enjoy good food, traditional Okinawan dances and music to welcome in the New Year, and pick up some gau and traditional Okinawan New Year decorations. Cost is only $20! Please send in your RSVP by January 28th!

LooChoo/Okinawa Identity Conference: Fichi Ukiin: Our Responsibility, Our Kuleana

March will soon be here and we hope to see as many of you at our second LooChoo Identity Conference on March 18-20. Come and particiapate in lively discussions, sharing ideas and experiences and connect with others who are concerned about the future of our Okinawan community both here and in Okinawa. Do we really understand who we are as Okinawans? What is the purpose of our Okinawa Clubs? How can we rejuvinate participation or even interest in our culture and langauge? These and other topics will be covered in group discussions as you get to meet and network with others from around the state as well as participants from Okinawa and South America. Included will also be delicious food. Thos who need transportation from town, please let us know.

Misako Koja

Misako Koja

The finale of the conference will be a concert by famous Okinawa artists. Misako Koja, original member of the original group Nenes, and composer of “Warabi Gami” will lead with the female Okinawan vocal group Unaigumi. Concert is included in the conference package .

Fee for the concference is $100 early registration and $75 students. Registration after February will be $150 regular and $100 students.


See you all soon!


Hi All,

I just wanted to update you all on the ongoing classes we offer and to announce some changes. Here is a list of classes we offer at Jikoen Hongwanji’s Lumbini Preschool in the evenings:

  • Shima Kutuba (Okinawan language)
    2nd & 4th Mondays of each month, 7:30pm – 9pm
  • Ufubushi (classical uta-sanshin music)*
    every Tuesday, 7:30pm – 9pm
  • Fa-uta (folk uta-sanshin music), beginning level*
    1st, 3rd (and 5th) Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Fa-uta, intermediate level*
    2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Jiutee (uta-sanshin music for dance, advanced level only)
    every Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9pm
  • Uta (Okinawan singing)
    every Thursday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

*Please note that for the uta-sanshin classes, we offer individualized start-up instruction for up to 2 months for those who have never played sanshin before. Once you have the basic skills, you will be released to the class. So if you or someone you know is interested in

Class Changes:
If you haven’t been in touch with us for a while, you’ll notice that we no longer offer the sewing classes or the monthly Gakumun Kai lectures. If there is interest in resurrecting those, please let us know and we can consider scheduling them.

Also, for the Monday Shima Kutuba classes, due to very low viewership, we will discontinue the live video stream. If there is enough of a demand from a regular, committed viewer pool, we will consider re-instating that as well, so please let us know if you would like this available again. Unfortunately, the time, energy, and resources the live stream involves is very taxing on us.

Finally, I will be changing the way I handle the Thursday Uta classes. For the last 2 years, I have offered it as a kind of Okinawan karaoke class to introduce songs. From this year, however, I will be shifting the instruction to the technical aspects of pronunciation and voicing. To be honest, you will not be learning very many songs; however, I’ll teach you how to actually sound “Okinawan” without injuring yourself. So not only will this class be good for people who are afraid of instruments, it will also be a good additional resource for people who are already learning how to play sanshin or koto. Of course, please check with your sensei first if you are already learning elsewhere.

The classes remain offered on a donation basis. We pay a fee to use the facilities at Jikoen and they have been very supportive in keeping the rates affordable. Nonetheless, we still operate strictly on donations, so every bit helps. We still accept $15 per month suggested donation for any or all classes. Of course, students and Jikoen members, please do not feel obligated to pay anything.

Thank you for all of your support over the last year. We look forward to seeing all of you throughout this year once again.

Nifee deebitan.

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