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Okinawa Study Opportunity for UH-Manoa Students – Apply by 2/1/15

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‘The Legend of Nanga Bozu,’ ‘Ryukyu Kingdom After 1609: Social Classes and Genealogy,’ ‘A Film About the Uchinanchu People’

Updated 12/3/14 ‘Map It!’ (by Louie) Sep/Oct 2014: The Legend of Nanga Bozu  (10/30/14); The Naha Tug-of-War  (9/29/14). “A Film About the Uchinanchu People” (42 min) from the Secretariat of the 5th World Uchinanchu committee (Okinawaology Blog, 11/7/12). Uploaded to … Continue reading

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‘Okinawa Hai!’ 2014: Oct. 1-Nov. 10

Updated 12/3/14 Okinawa Hai is managed by Marie Lewis, and it features some of the best articles by people who are actually on the ground in Okinawa and writing about their own experiences in a style that’s informal, readable, informative, … Continue reading

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My 3rd Trip to China: The China-Okinawa Connection

One day in Shanghai, we spent a few hours at the City God Temple shopping center looking around. We had finished a delicious multi-course lunch there in one of the restaurants and were waiting for our bus to come pick … Continue reading

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Okinawa Marathon 15 Feb. 2015

[Source] Registration from Nov 1, 2014 to Dec 10, 2014 Okinawa Marathon Executive Office 2-17-14 Uechi Okinawa City Okinawa Japan Phone: 098-930-0088 Homepage: http://okinawa-marathon.com/eng/ The Okinawa Marathon runs through different cities, towns, and villages in central Okinawa. The marathon aims … Continue reading

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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

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The Floor Plan of Houses in Old Okinawa

Last updated 10/13/14 My curiosity about the old Okinawan house began with a drawing that my Dad made about 2 to 3 years before he passed away. While visiting him at his house, out of the blue, he took my … 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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‘Okinawa Hai!’ 2014: May 14 – Sep. 29

Okinawa Hai is managed by Marie Lewis, and it features some of the best articles by people who are actually on the ground in Okinawa and writing about their own experiences in a style that’s informal, readable, informative, and fun. … Continue reading

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Okinawa Wins Men’s Team and Individual Kata at Karate 1 Premier League Championships 2014

Okinawa — Ryo Kiyuna (Ryueiryu and Kobudo-ryuhokai), Arata Kinjo (Ryueiryu and Kobudo-ryuhokai) and Takuya Uemura (Okinawa International University) — won the team kata title at the Karate 1 Premier League Championships held on 31 August 2014 at the Okinawa Prefectural … Continue reading

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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

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‘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

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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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Okinawans in the Philippines

In the Mintal district of Davao in the Philippines, there’s a Japanese cemetary, and in the cemetary is the Monument of Okinawa. Every year, a memorial service is held at the monument, which was “built by the Okinawa prefectural government … 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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Video – ‘Nike SB Presents Destination Okinawa’

This video, described as “a Nike SB travelog starring Donovon Piscopo, Kevin Bradley, Maxime Geronzi, Denny Pham, Kyron Davis, Fran Molina and Kilian Zehnder,” was uploaded to YouTube by Nikeskateboarding on 30 June 2014. It was shot in Okinawa.

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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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Kokusai Dori; Ishikawa Woodblock; ‘Okinawa: The Last Battle’

Umushirikutu See Ishikawa Toraji’s woodblock print, ‘Ryukyu Market,’ (琉球の市場 Ryukyu no ichiba) c. 1935. * * * Read Okinawa: The Last Battle (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1948), the work of combat historians of the 1st Information and Historical Service, Tenth … Continue reading

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OkiNinjaKitty’s YouTube Videos on Okinawa

“Poem of Sorrow – Yomitan Village Okinawa, Japan,” uploaded to YouTube by OkiNinjaKitty on 5/29/14.

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

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Rare and Handmade Items at Okinawa Flea Market on 6/15/14

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Surfing Okinawa

The following is a partial list of surf breaks in Okinawa. (Source: Magic Seaweed/Stormrider Surf Guide) Aha Point Kudaka Castles Sunabe Seawall Mainside Buma Sunabe II Aja Bowls Maeda Suicide Cliffs Turtles Ikei Ko Chan Other sources: Surfing Japan – … Continue reading

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Osaka to Okinawa: 9-day Trip on a Suzuki DL650

“V-strom DL650 9 days Japan trip HD (大阪→沖縄 納車野宿ツーリング)” uploaded to YouTube by Ironwindow13 on 5/19/11. This Okinawan wanted a Suzuki DL650, but it wasn’t available on Okinawa. So he bought one over the phone from a dealer in Osaka. … Continue reading

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‘Okinawa Hai!’ 2014: April 11-May 12

Okinawa Hai is managed by Marie Lewis, and it features some of the best articles by people who are actually on the ground in Okinawa and writing about their own experiences in a style that’s informal, readable, informative, and fun. … Continue reading

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Travel Guide to Okinawa by Robert Walker

Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands: The First Comprehensive Guide to the Entire Ryukyu Island Chain by Robert Walker to be released on May 27, 2014. It’s billed as “the first comprehensive guide to the 150 sub-tropical island chain that stretches … Continue reading

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Taketomi Island: Living in Harmony with Nature

This is a wonderful 28 minute video made by a German visitor to this tiny coral atoll, which is part of the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa. The images are beautiful, as are the people. The island is only 2 square … Continue reading

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