Category Archives: Minyo

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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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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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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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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Kendo Bushi 「県道節」

Updated 6/6/15 “Kendo Bushi”1 「県道節」 is one of my favorite minyo. The first two performances below are by Uema Ayano (上間綾乃). They’re both arranged very differently. I like the first, the slower soulful version, better. The third, by Bokusho Kinjo, … Continue reading

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Koja Misako of the Nenes: A 1995 Documentary

Updated 6/1/15 The following video, “The Nenes Koja Misako” (ネーネーズ 古謝 美佐子), was uploaded to YouTube by Saison TV on 14 Aug. 2013. It’s a documentary on Koja and the Nenes, shot in 1995 when Koja was 41. At about the … Continue reading

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