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Ukwanshin Kabudan: January & March 2017

From: Eric Wada Okinawan New Year Celebration/ Lunar New Year January 28th This year, the lunar New Year falls on Saturday, January 28th, which begins the year of the Rooster! Come join us for traditional Okinawan dances, music, lots of … Continue reading

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Uchinanchu Taikai 2016 Videos – Oct 28

161028NEWS▽ウチナーンチュの日制定への思い▽今月のキングス振り返り (ヨシオバー2 102816)

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Uchinanchu Taikai 2016 Videos – Oct 27

[updated 12/11/16] 161027NEWS▽世界のウチナーンチュ大会開会式!▽メイン会場の熱気を中継 (ヨシオバー2 102716) 第6回世界ウチナーンチュ大会 開会式 (琉球新報 102716) [6th World Uchinanchu Taikai Opening Ceremony, 21min] Uchinanchu Festival 2016 Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko (CESAR AUGUSTO VELIZ FERNANDEZ 102716) 世界のウチナーンチュ大会 開会式 フィナーレのエイサー 20161027 sekai uchinanchu eisa (EverydayEisa 102716) 世界のウチナーンチュ大会2016 前夜祭バレード UTINANCHU FESTIVAL Festival Eve Parade [USA] … Continue reading

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Uchinanchu Taikai 2016 Videos – Oct 26

第6回世界のウチナーンチュ大会 前夜祭パレード (動画チャンネル 第6回ウチナーンチュ大会 102616) [6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Eve Parade, 2hr 6min] 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Parade, Oct 26 2016 (Just another day! 102616) The 6th WORLD WIDE UCHINANCHU FESTIVAL (shin3maniaTV 沖縄冒険編 102616) [HAWAII GROUP] 2016年10月26日那覇高校吹奏楽部 (ター坊 102616) [Naha high … Continue reading

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Mass Karate Demonstration on Kokusai Street 10/23/16

空手演武3973人 ギネス更新 国際通りで記念祭 (球新報 102316) [Kinen Festival karate demonstration on Kokusai Street: 3973 karateka attempt to break a Guinness world record.]

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Taikai 2016 Information (update June 15)

6/15/16 – Route Finder Okinawa website to get around Okinawa by bus. 6/15/16 – Additional information from June McVey, communication coordinator of Okinawa Tomonokai of Ohio: 1. The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Fesitval committee in Okinawa will hand nametags and bus … Continue reading

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Taikai 2016: Sanshin Lessons for Opening Ceremony

1. Ahabushi Lyrics (tempo 68) 第6回世界のウチナーンチュ大会 安波節 歌詞 2. Ahabushi Kunkunshi (sanshin musical score) (tempo 68) 第6回世界のウチナーンチュ大会 安波節 工工四 Music sheet PDF.

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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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2015 Okinawan Festival in Honolulu: Opening Procession

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4th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival – Manila Sep 10-15, 2015

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30th Anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa Sister State Relationship; Silver Anniversary of Hawaii Okinawa Center; Eisa Drum Fesitval: July 10-12, 2015

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2016 Uchinanchu Taikai Oct. 26-30

Updated 2/1/16, 6/12/16, 6/15/16 For the latest updates, click here. Update 1/31/16: “The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival,” Okinawa Island Guide, n.d. “Starting with the Festival Eve Parade along Kokusai Street and the opening ceremony held at Okinawa Cellular Stadium, there … Continue reading

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Dennis K. Asato’s Videos: ‘Okinawan Festival Hawaii 2014 Bon Odori’

Published on YouTube 4 Sep. 2014. Asato: “Video Taped about a dozen Okinawan Bon Odori Dances at the Yagura (Tower). This is just the raw format; need to move your video bars to dance (Odori) and song (Uta) of your … Continue reading

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Ishigaki, Akama Athletic Park, Karate, Ssit-kkim-gut, Naminoue, Okinawa Prefectural Museum

Stephen Mansfield, “Isolation Helps Preserve Ishigaki’s Unique Charm,” Japan Times, 12/27/14 – A different past was evident in the older back streets of the port town, which were like dusty medinas — crooked lanes of salt-eroded cement homes covered in … Continue reading

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2015 Okinawan Festival (Honolulu) – Sep. 5 & 6

Updated 8/13/15, 9/5/15 Okinawan Festival Hours Saturday, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 Festival Festivities begin at 9:00 am Most food booths & tents close at 6:00 pm Only select food booths open until 8:00 pm Live Entertainment at Kapiolani Park Bandstand: 9:00 … Continue reading

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Vancouver, BC, Okinawa Taiko 2014

The title of this YouTube video is “ミルクムナリ (Mirukumunari), Vancouver Okinawa Taiko, 2014 Chinese New Year Event.” It was uploaded by Okipri14 on 2/3/14. Description: “Feb.02, 2014 Okinawan Drum Dance performance for Chinese New Year Event at Landsdowne Center in … Continue reading

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Literature, Maui, Uchinaguchi, Kina, ‘Map It!,’ Comfort Women, Must-See, McDonalds

Last updated 10/1/14 Umushirikutu Ryota Shimabukuro, “Event introducing Okinawan literature held at US Library of Congress” (Ryukyu Shimpo, 9/14/14): On September 9, an event introducing Okinawan literature titled “Living Spirit” was held at the US Library of Congress in Washington … Continue reading

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Choko Takayama: A VIP and a Family Friend

My meeting with Choko Takayama was an amazing happening. Three years ago, a friend working at the Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park wasn’t feeling well so she was told to rest in the VIP tent. There, she talked with Mr. … Continue reading

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Okinawan Festival 2014: Good Food, Good Friends, Good Fun

Hi Folks! Finally getting around to talking about my own experience at the Okinawan Festival. Wife and I met daughter and her boyfriend at KCC. We’all took the bus shuttle to Kapiolani Park. First thing, we went look’n for food. … Continue reading

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Okinawan Festival 2014 – Photos

Last updated 8/31/14 These photos were shot between 2:50pm and 3:40pm on Saturday, 8/30/14, at the annual Okinawan Festival in Kapiolani Park, Honolulu. Thus, they capture only a brief 50-minute slice of the 2-day event. Still, they capture some of … Continue reading

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2014 Okinawan Festival Program (Honolulu) Aug. 30-31

(See photos from the 2014 festival.) Source: Okinawan Festival Program, sponsored by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. Accessed 8/17/14. This schedule is subject to change. Visit the festival’s official website. Saturday, 8/30/14 9:00am – RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU … Continue reading

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Autumn Okinawa Dance Matsuri Sep. 20, 2014 on Oahu

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Okinawan Festival 2014 – Aug. 30-31 in Honolulu

Update 8/17/14: Click here for the program.

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Obon Season in Okinawa

A Japan Update article on 5 August 2014, “Flight Reservations for Okinawa Obon Season Surpass 520,000,” drives home the extent of the dispersion of Okinawans throughout mainland Japan. Obon is the season when Japanese return to their hometowns for family … Continue reading

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Okinawan Bon Dance Video Lessons; Hiroshi’s ‘Classic Burger’; Yuugao Recipe; Yonabaru Tug-of-War

Umushirikutu Hiroshi Uechi’s “Classic Burger” in the Uehara district of Ginowan: “He makes all buns, beef patty and smoked bacon by himself daily. The patty is made of the beef from Japanese black cattle and bacon is smoked with cherry … Continue reading

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6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai in 2016

Updated 6/16/15 (A message from Minami Tamamoto, president of the World Association of Youth Uchinanchu. The emphasis in this announcement is the 3rd youth festival, but it also mentions the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival.) Haitai, from Okinawa, I am Minami … Continue reading

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Children’s Day May 5 at Chatan Dome in Mihama, Chatan

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Okinawan Festival 2014 Aug 30-31

Update 8/17/14: Click here for the program. Click here for the latest flyer.

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Doll Festival: Parade in Traditional Ryukyuan Costume

“For the Doll’s Festival, people dressed in traditional Ryukyuan costume walked through the streets in a michijune parade in the First Commercial Avenue in Okinawa City on March 1″ (Ryukyu Shimpo, 3/2/14). “Okinawa (沖縄市 Okinawa-shi?, Okinawan: Uchinaa) is the second-largest … Continue reading

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