Category Archives: Music

Warabi-gami 童神

Updated 12/5/14, 6/5/15 “Warabi-gami,” like “Hana,” reaches deep into the soul of Okinawa. 童神 (Warabi-gami) – 古謝 美佐子 / God Child – Misako Kojya Eng Sub. Uploaded to YouTube by Kazu H on 3/16/12. “Warabigami” (Children of God) performed by … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Music | 2 Comments

Jake Shimabukuro & Friends Concert, Honolulu, 12/5/14

Posted in Announcement, Concert, Culture, International, Music | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Announcement, Culture, Dance, Exhibit, Fair, Festival, Food, Fundraiser, History, International, Karate, Language, Media, Music, Travel | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Announcement, Culture, Dance, International, Language, Music | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Culture, Dance, Festival, International, Music, Video | Leave a comment

Grant Murata, Andagi, Tobe! Uta

Hi Folks! Fun event coming this Sunday. See below. I see Grant Sundee Murata in the picture below – center back row, looking so serious. I met Grant at Ward Centre Marukai a coupla months ago. Really down-to-earth good fun … Continue reading

Posted in Announcement, Concert, Culture, Food, Music, Video | Leave a comment

Lawrence Downes – An Uchinanchu on the NY Times Editorial Board

Last updated 10/5/14 The excerpts below are from Jerry Kammer’s “Sulzberger’s Voice.”1 Kammer, a nationally recognized journalist and a senior research fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, is openly critical of Downes, but he provides essential background on Downes … Continue reading

Posted in Biography, Culture, History, International, Music, Op-ed, Travel | Leave a comment

Okinawa Association of America Annual Bazaar 10/12/14 (Gardena)

Posted in Announcement, Culture, Dance, Fair, Food, Fundraiser, Karate, Music | Leave a comment

Tobe! Uta Sanshin 10/18/14 – Hawaii Okinawa Center 3PM

Posted in Announcement, Culture, Music | Leave a comment

Okinawan Women, Karate, Ta-Taki, etc.

Umushirikutu “Okinawa women score high as business leaders,” Japan Update, 8/27/14: A survey by Teikoku Databank Fukuoka says Kyushu and Okinawa areas are strongest in female leadership in Japan, scoring 8.5% of the presidencies. The national average is 7.4% female … Continue reading

Posted in Announcement, Business, Culture, Dance, History, International, Karate, Music | Leave a comment

Juuguya, Moon Festival and Grandparents Day Festival (Honolulu) 9/7/14 at 5pm

From: Rodney Inefuku Date: 8/31/14 From: Ukwanshin Kabudan Sent: Friday, August 29, 2014 1:13 PM Subject: Juuguya, Moon Festival and Grandparent’s Day Festival Gusuuyo Chuuganabira! Just a reminder that next week Wednesday is the LAST day to RSVP for the … Continue reading

Posted in Announcement, Art, Culture, Dance, International, Music, Travel | Leave a comment

‘Tukeeya Hizamitin’ & Grandparents Day Festival (Honolulu) 9/7/14 at 2pm

From: Rodney Inefuku Date: 8/31/14 Hello Folks! Grandparents Day, Sunday 7 Sept. at Ryukyuan Music and Dance Tukeeya Hizamitin at Mamiya Theatre (on the campus of St. Louis School). Cost:  $30 for general seating, $20 for Awamori, Shochu, Soju & Wine … Continue reading

Posted in Announcement, Culture, Dance, International, Music, Travel | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Culture, Dance, Exhibit, Fair, Festival, Food, History, International, Karate, Music, Travel | Leave a comment

Autumn Okinawa Dance Matsuri Sep. 20, 2014 on Oahu

Posted in Culture, Dance, Festival, International, Music, Travel | Leave a comment

Okinawan Festival 2014 – Aug. 30-31 in Honolulu

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

Posted in Culture, Dance, Exhibit, Fair, Festival, Food, International, Music, Travel | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Culture, Dance, Festival, Music, Travel | Leave a comment

‘Asadoya Yunta’ – A Common Bond for Okinawans the World Over

Last updated  3/25/19  11:01am I found the following YouTube video on Rodney Inefuku’s Facebook page. It’s the best version I’ve heard thus far. [Update 3/16/16: It’s among the best I’ve heard.] Removed from YouTube. “Asadoya Yunta” [安里屋ユンタ] is a traditional … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Dance, International, Music | 4 Comments

Video: ‘Okinawa 1950s to 1960s’

This video, comprising still photos, was created and uploaded to YouTube by Donn Cuson (aka “Desert Donn”) on 5/12/13. The images are among the best I’ve seen from this period. I especially like the Okinawa minyo in the soundtrack. I … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, History, Images, Music, Video | Leave a comment

Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone: Master of Okinawan Dance

Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone is a 2012 U.S. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellow. Following are some excerpts from the NEA site: Born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, in 1933, into a family that appreciated classical Okinawan music and … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Dance, History, Instruction, International, Music | Leave a comment

Junko Fisher: Ryukyu Dance and Music Lessons in NYC, Summer 2014

For details, see Susan Miyagi Hamaker’s “Ryukyu Dance and Music Lessons with Junko Fisher,” Japan Culture NYC, 6/3/14.

Posted in Culture, Dance, History, Images, Instruction, International, Music | Tagged | Leave a comment

Introduction to Okinawan Dance at Leeward Community College, Oahu, July 6-Aug 3, 2014

Posted in Culture, Dance, Music | Leave a comment

Hanagurumu: Ryukyuan Fashion Show and Dance 7/26/14

Posted in Culture, Dance, Fashion, Music | Leave a comment

Tamashiro Market – A Gabby-style Band in Okinawa

The Okinawa Botanical Gardens in Chibana, Okinawa City, was the setting for the second “Uchina-Hawaiian Meets Jazz” event yesterday. One of the featured attractions was an Okinawan group called Tamashiro Market.1 See the video below, which was uploaded to YouTube … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Music, Video | Leave a comment

Okinawa Day 2014 in London, June 21

http://www.okinawaday.org.uk/

Posted in Culture, Dance, Food, International, Karate, Music | Leave a comment

‘Ryukyu Song’ by Aria Asia

“Ryukyu Song ~ Aria Asia Live Rock” uploaded to YouTube by Watashitokimi on 7/20/09. The performer is Aria Asia (Aizawa Aria), from Fuefuki, in Yamanashi Prefecture. The genre is street rock violin.

Posted in Culture, Music, Video | Leave a comment

Cocco: Singer, Songwriter, Author, Actor – Genius

She goes by Cocco, and she’s a multi-gifted songwriter, singer, author, and actor. Her name is Satoko Makishi (真喜志 智子), and she’s from Naha, Okinawa. Her works and performances are edgy, and she’s socially and environmentally conscious. She’s a one-off, … Continue reading

Posted in Actor/Actress, Culture, Dance, Film, Images, Music, Video | Leave a comment

4th Eisa Drum Festival 5/17/14 at Kapiolani CC

Posted in Culture, Dance, Music | Leave a comment

‘Tinsagu nu Hana’ Is Okinawa’s Official Favorite Song

Updated 6/2/18 Daiichi Hirata, Okinawa Prefectural Government’s director general of the Department of Culture, Tourism, and Sports, announced the selection of “Tinsagu nu Hana” (てぃんさぐぬ花 Rose Balsam Flower) as the official favorite song of the prefecture at the Okinawa International … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Music, Video | 4 Comments

‘The Power of the Sanshin’ – Exhibit Ends 5/11/14

From Japan Update 5/1/14: This exhibit at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum ends on 11 May 2014. Here’s more from the article: The sanshin program takes visitors through how the sanshin has changed its form from the Chinese three-string instrument, which … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Exhibit, History, Images, Music | Leave a comment

Okinawa-Related Courses at University of Hawaii-Manoa

The following are courses that are available at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. Please check the class schedule to see what’s offered for the upcoming semester. ANTH 487 Okinawa and Its Diaspora – (3 credits) Explores the ties … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Dance, Education, History, Images, Instruction, Music | Leave a comment