Category Archives: Video

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

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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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‘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

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Tamari Miyashiro – U.S. Olympian

As a member of the United States women’s national volleyball team, Tamari Miyashiro won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games. As a collegian, she was a two-time National Defensive Player of the Year at the University of … 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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Tule Lake Relocation Center – A Personal Reflection

Updated 4/27/14 For “place of birth” in the hundreds of forms I’ve filled out since grade school, I’ve always written “Newell, California,” but I’ve never known much about the place and don’t recall anything about it. I grew up on … Continue reading

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Color Film of Shuri Castle Strafing in 1945

Updated 5/4/14 A film clip shot by a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft during a bombing and strafing run in the Battle of Okinawa in mid-April 1945 was shown in a recent ANN newscast. The image above was captured from the … Continue reading

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Miss International 2012 Contestants Visit an Okinawa High School

The following HD (1280×720) video was uploaded to YouTube by missinterokinawa on 10/15/12. The central focus is the Miss International contestants, but just as if not more fascinating is the glimpse at Okinawa’s high school students. Note appended to the … Continue reading

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Takuya Uemura: All-Japan High School Kata Champion 2010

The following video was uploaded to YouTube by TheOKINAWATIMES on 8/10/10. Uemura’s spirit and concentration is phenomenal. “At ‘Churasima-sotai,’ All Japan High School Athletic Meeting in Okinawa, 2010, Takuya Uemura [Konan High School] won the 1st prize for male Karate … Continue reading

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Miss Universe Japan 2014 Originally from Okinawa: Karate Champion in High School

Last updated 10/31/14 Okinawa High School Sports Competition 30 May 2011, the final of karate do individual kumite, female. First Place Winner: Keiko Tsuji (Koza Highschool, Okinawa City). Second Place Winner: Erika Spina (Koza Highschool, Okinawa City). At Naha International … Continue reading

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‘Shima Uta’: One of the Best Known Okinawan Songs

Last updated 5/21/17 9:42am “Shima Uta” (“島唄” or “Island Song” released in 1993) was written by Kazufumi Miyazawa (宮沢和史), the lead singer of the band The Boom, based on his impressions from visiting Okinawa for a photo shoot in 1992. … Continue reading

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‘Karate in the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa Prefecture, and Hawaii’ with Pat Nakata and Charles C. Goodin

“Karate in the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa Prefecture, and Hawaii: How Is Okinawan Culture Spread Through Karate?”1 is a video from a 9 Feb. 2012 presentation by Sensei Pat Nakata2, Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate Association (Chibana Shorin-Ryu), and Charles C. Goodin, president, Hawaii … Continue reading

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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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Yukie Nakama: One of the Most Successful Actresses from Okinawa

Yukie Nakama (仲間 由紀恵), a Japanese actress, singer and former idol, was born in Urasoe, Okinawa, Japan. Her list of dramas and movies from 1996-present is long (see Wikipedia). Highlights from her career: 14th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jan-Mar … Continue reading

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BEGIN’s ‘Uta no Hi’ Concert Live Via Internet 6/28/13, 7:00pm-1:30am Hawaii Time

Click the image above or go to this site to watch the concert: http://stolabo-tokyo.com/?aid=251 Streaming live from Kadena, Okinawa, on 6/29, from 2pm to 8:30pm Hawaii time:  6/28, from 7pm to 1:30am For those who don’t know the popular Okinawan … 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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