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Taikai 2016 Theme Song ‘Yui – Linking Your Heart’

第6回世界のウチナーチュ大会 テーマソング「結~心届く~」 [Yui – Kokoro Todoku (Yui – Linking Your Heart)] uploaded by okinawaBBtv on 1/28/16. The Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Theme Song “Yui – Kokoro Todoku” (“Yui – Linking Your Heart”) Music and Lyrics: Mai Hanashiro Music Arranged by: Katsuya Yabe … Continue reading

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2016 Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Program

Click here to go to the official site of the The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival.

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San Francisco Okinawa Kenjin Kai

On the San Francisco Okinawa Kenjin Kai website, click on the English option (in the top right corner) if necessary. Upcoming Events Keiro Kai – Senior Citizen’s Day August 28, 2016 (Sunday) Time: 12:30 – 4:00 Location: San Mateo Buddhist … Continue reading

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OAA Upcoming Events Apr – July 2016

Seisonen-Bu (Activities Committee) 23rd Golf Tournament April 24, 2016 (Sunday) @ Chester Washington Golf Course RSVP REQUIRED More information to be announced Annual OAA Picnic Performances, Games, Raffles, Okinawan Bon Dance! July 17, 2016 (Sunday) • 11AM – 4PM @ … Continue reading

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Okinawa Taikai Caravan at Hawaii Okinawa Center 5/9/16 at 7PM

Okinawa’s Governor Takeshi Onaga will lead the Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Caravan to Hawaii, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Washington D.C. to share information about the Taikai. This Taikai information sharing session is open to anyone who is interested in learning more … Continue reading

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Honolulu City Council Resolution re Henoko Needs Your Support on 4/18/16

Folks, This is crucial. Please send to all the Uchinanchus you know… family and friends… so that they can support this also. We have to show support for this resolution… for the Okinawan people. This is the least we as … Continue reading

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Uema Ayano’s ‘Imi Shijiku’ and Thoughts of Ancient Okinawan Ships

I have been listening to a beautiful Okinawan song, “Imi Shijiku” by Ayano Uema (see the video below), for some time. I love the beautiful sound of her sanshin (3-string instrument). I didn’t know what the title and the verses … Continue reading

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Petition (3/18/16) by Doktor Urging Hawai`i State & City Reps to Support Okinawan People

Hawai`i State & City Reps: Stand with Democracy by Standing With the Okinawan People By Pete Shimazaki Doktor YouTube video uploaded by Will Griffin on 2/29/16 Click here to sign the petition. Okinawa was illegally overthrown by Japan and continues … Continue reading

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Okinawan Tribute Ships

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Vote for Stamp to Honor WWII Nisei Soldiers – Deadline March 19, 2016

Message from Eric Wada Please vote for a stamp to honor our WWII 442nd Infantry and MIS soldiers. Three men in my family served in either the 442/100th during WWII. Click on niseistamp.org to vote. 100,000 online votes are needed … Continue reading

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Kim Pennebaker on Uema Ayano

Updated 3/20/16 By Kim Pennebaker Comment posted on 3/15/16 at 6:25 am I’ve been following Uema’s music since I first heard her sing Soranju a couple years ago. Now I have all her music and think I know much about … Continue reading

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Ukwanshin Events for March 2016

From: Ukwanshin Kabudan Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2016 2:19 PM Subject: Upcoming major events Gusuuyo Chuuganabira! Just a reminder to join us for our 3 big events coming up next week Registration is still open for the 2nd LooChoo Identity … Continue reading

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‘On Stormy Seas: War, Geopolitics, and Identity Formation in Okinawa’ 3/18/16 at University of Hawaii

Click image to view the large PDF file. COS Lecture Series “On Stormy Seas: War, Geopolitics, and Identity Formation in Okinawa” by Kyle Kajihiro, PhD Student in Geography Department, March 18, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm, Tokioka Room, Moore (Rm 319).

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Taikai 2016 Event Tickets: How to Get Them on Our Own?

Today, March 8, 2016, Anonymous posted a comment asking: “How do I get tickets for the event if I don’t book through a travel agency?” Click here for the latest information re this question. I’m planning to attend, but I’m … Continue reading

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Uema Ayano Was Here in Hawaii in February 2016!

Uchinanchu, Jan-Feb 2016: “Ayano Uema, a well-known singer from Gushikawa, Okinawa, paid a surprise visit to HOC to view the Peace Messages Exhibit. She treated everyone present to a beautiful and most appropriate song about Himeyuri. Ayano hopes to return … Continue reading

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COS Lecture 2/26/16: ‘Preserving and Presenting Uchinanchu Identity in the Diaspora: The Evolution of Okinawan Clubs in Hawaʻi and Brazil’

The Center for Okinawan Studies (University of Hawaii at Manoa) Lecture Series presents “Preserving and Presenting Uchinanchu Identity in the Diaspora: The Evolution of Okinawan Clubs in Hawaʻi and Brazil” by Dr. Robert K. Arakaki on 26 Feb. 2016, 3:00-4:30pm, … Continue reading

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Aya Ezawa’s Study Unit on Okinawan Identity

The following bibliography is from Aya Ezawa’s “Okinawa: Beyond the Ethnic Other” (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College, 2002-2003), a study unit “focusing on the identity struggles of Okinawans. They show how and why it has been difficult for … Continue reading

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Events for Early 2016

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 Chuuganabira! We hope your New Year has begun well … Continue reading

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UH Manoa Intro to Okinawan Dance 2016: Jan 31-Mar 6

From: Yukie Shiroma Date: Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 11:24 PM Subject: Intro to Okinawan Dance: Spring 2016

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Goju-ryu Leader and Scholar Seeks Assistance in Writing a Book

Updated 1/10/16 Nuno Oliveira of Lisbon, Portugal, is writing a book, Chojun Miyagi1 and the History of Goju-Ryu, and needs assistance with the kanji of some masters’ names. If you can help or know of someone who could, please contact … Continue reading

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OAA 2016 Clothing Drive: Jan 18 ~ Feb 29

COLLECTION PERIOD: January 18th ~ February 29th (weekdays, 10AM – 4PM) OAA Center, 16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena 90247 Please call before delivering: 310-532-1929 ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: • Clothing: must be in clean, wearable condition. • Shoes: must be paired and … Continue reading

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OAA 2016 New Year’s Party Jan. 17

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Full Text: U.S. Citizens’ Response to Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s 17 Dec. 2015 Statement of Support for Henoko Plan

In her December 17 Tokyo press conference, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy faithfully parroted Obama administration’s contention, saying that building a new U.S. marine base at Henoko in Okinawa is “the best of any other plan considered.” After cordial … Continue reading

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Ryukyu no Kaze – Hawaii Convention Center 14 March 2016

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Children’s Peace Messages from Okinawa 2016: Hawaii Feb 3-7

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Aloha Party for BEGIN 12/14/15

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Constructing ‘Japanese Identity’ Among Okinawan Students 11/20/15

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Center for Okinawan Studies UHM Spring 2016 Courses

Center for Okinawan Studies University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Spring 2016 Courses ASAN 320O Asian Nation Studies: Okinawa: Multidisciplinary examination of major Asian countries; cultural, social, economic, and political lives of their peoples. (O) Okinawa Prerequisite: 201 and 202, or … Continue reading

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Support Honolulu City Council Resolution 15-322 Re US Bases on Okinawa

Updated 1/6/16 The Big Picture. Keep in mind that the 32 US military bases on Okinawa occupy 20% of the island’s prime land. Okinawa has a land area of 466 square miles and a population of 1.4 million inhabitants. Compare … Continue reading

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Seiichi & Nancy Toguchi Receive 2015 HUOA Legacy Award

Congratulations to the late Seiichi and Nancy Toguchi, recipients of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association 2015 Legacy Award. The awards were presented on November 1 at the Sheraton Waikiki. Their son, Bobby Toguchi, was there to receive the award on … Continue reading

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