Category Archives: Language

Hogen Coffee Shop to Perpetuate Uchinaaguchi?

Here is an idea for perpetuating Uchinaaguchi in Okinawa. Try to have Hogen (Uchinaaguchi) coffee shops in every town in Okinawa where anyone who wants to speak, learn, or practice it is welcome. The purpose is to create an environment … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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A Speech by Miyazato Gosamaru on Uchinaaguchi in Uchinaaguchi

If  you’ve never heard an extended speech by a fluent Uchinaaguchi speaker, then you’re in for an amazing listen. Miyazato Gosamaru, Association of the Indigenous Peoples in the Ryukyus (AIPR), spoke at the Ryukyu National Independence Research Society Symposium on … Continue reading

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Why Not an Uchinaaguchi Writing Contest?

Hello everyone, Please watch this lecture by Jack Musick at UH Hilo. I found it interesting. He presents the current state of Uchinaaguchi as he knows it after spending a year in Okinawa. You might find it interesting also. This … Continue reading

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A Student from Hawaii Defends ‘Shimakutuba’

This video features Collin Michael Hoo, who represented the University of the Ryukyus in the 32nd Japanese Speech Contest by Foreigners. The title of his speech is “Ninufwabushi (The North Star),” and his message is about the importance of maintaining … Continue reading

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Shimakutuba Class via Live Stream

From Eric Wada: Gusuuyo Chuuganabira! Just a reminder for our shimakutuba class this Monday [5/25/15] at 7:30 pm at Jikoen. We will be practicing more useful conversational vocabulary as well as reviewing so bring friends and family! If cannot attend … Continue reading

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Uchinaaguchi Livestream on 4/13/15 at 7:30pm HST

Here’s an announcement from Ukwanshin’s Norman Kaneshiro and Eric Wada: Ukwanshin Kabudan just went live If you can’t make it down to Jikoen, you can tune in to the class via your computer! Norman Kaneshiro: Hi all. Just wanted to … Continue reading

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Uncle Hoso: A Hero and a Loving Father

For many years when I was at my Aunty Annie’s (dad’s twin sister) apartment across from Punahou School and went to the bathroom, I used to pass some family pictures that hung on her hallway wall. I would sometimes stop … Continue reading

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Ukwanshin Kabudan Announcements 1/8/15

From: Eric To: Ukwanshin Kabudan Date: 1/8/15 Classes (sanshin, shimakutuba etc) begin January 12 First Shimakutuba class (Okinawan language) will be this coming Monday 12 January at Jikoen 7:30. Good time to bring your friends and family to join in … Continue reading

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Battle of Okinawa, Uchinaguchi

Ryukyu Shimpo, Ota Masahide, Mark Ealey and Alastair McLaughlan, “Descent into Hell: The Battle of Okinawa.”1 The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 47, No. 4, December 1, 2014: “Those who had not been able to take their own lives with … 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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Center for Okinawan Studies: Spring 2015 Course Offerings

Center for Okinawan Studies University of Hawai‘i at Manoa ASAN 320O Asian Nation Studies: Okinawa: Multidisciplinary examination of Okinawa; cultural, social, economic, and political lives of its people. Prerequisite: 201 and 202, or consent. JPN 472 Okinawan Language and Culture … Continue reading

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1850 British View of ‘Lewchew and the Lewchewans’

Last updated 10/12/14 Two and a half years before Commodore Matthew C. Perry arrived, George Smith, the Anglican bishop of Hong Kong, dropped anchor at Naha, Okinawa. The date was 3 October 1850, and Perry wouldn’t arrive until 26 May 1853. … 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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Shimakutuba, Standup Paddle Boarding, Ryukyu King & Queen, Ogimi, Underweight Babies, Hula, Tourism Boom

Umushirikutu Yaeyma Standup Paddle Boarding Association launched to promote the sport in Okinawa (Ryukyu Shimpo 9/8/14): It plans to hold training sessions and competitions, and train instructors. It will promote SUP as a new marine sport in Okinawan tourism, and … Continue reading

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‘Typhoon of Steel’ – All-Okinawan MIS Unit in Battle of Okinawa

Typhoon of Steel, a 19-minute video released on 7 May 2013, was directed by Gena S. Hamamoto with support from the Center for Ethno Communications of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and many other sources that are listed at … 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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Learn Basic Uchinaaguchi

The following video lessons were uploaded to YouTube by Aloha Uchinaaguchi, a YouTube channel dedicated to Okinawa studies, on 25 May 2010 (“Resources,” Center for Okinawan Studies, UHM). There are 15 segments in all, and each is brief, roughly 35-45 … Continue reading

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