Category Archives: Images

A Haunting Image from the Battle of Okinawa

Last updated 10/9/14, 8/13/15 The photo above is from the video1 below. The video is brief. Only three minutes long. But it’s high definition and in color, and it looks as though it could have been shot yesterday. But it … Continue reading

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Uta no Hi 2013 Photos: A Mahalo to Hawaii’s Okinawan Community

Updated 1/2/16 I did it. I watched the entire 7:00PM to 1:30AM live webcast, beginning Friday evening and ending early Saturday morning, of the “Uta no Hi” concert from Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. The annual event, I learned, was developed and … Continue reading

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Gackt

Last updated 3/28/19 8:16 am In the video1 below, Gackt2 and Wang Lee Hom perform “Orenji no Taiyou,”3 theme song from the film Moon Child4. Their co-stars Zeny Kwok and Yamamoto Taro also appear on stage. Missing is Hyde, who … Continue reading

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Ryukyu Kingdom’s Lasting Link to the U.S. Naval Academy

Last updated 10/11/14, 11/18/15 An interesting side story in Chang-su Houchins’s Artifacts of Diplomacy: Smithsonian Collections from Commodore Matthew Perry’s Japan Expedition (1853-1854)1 revolves around a large bronze bell, Gokoku-ji, that was among the items “given” to Commodore Perry during … Continue reading

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Ryukyuan Artifacts from Commodore Matthew Perry’s Japan Expedition (1853-1854)

Chang-su Houchins’s Artifacts of Diplomacy: Smithsonian Collections from Commodore Matthew Perry’s Japan Expedition (1853-1854)1 offers tantalizing glimpses into Japan and Ryukyu history in the mid-19th century. After downloading the PDF file, do a search on Naha, Ryukyu, and Ryukyuan to find … Continue reading

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