The Issue of Henoko, Okinawa

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People,

Is this déjà vu all over again?

Have been told that on orders from the Japanese government, the Okinawan police guarding the Henoko base in Okinawa have been replaced by a contingent of Japanese guards from mainland Japan. The governor of Okinawa, Takeshi Onaga, has defied the Japanese government — again. It is coming to a head. Will the Japanese guards from mainland Japan end up shooting Okinawans protesting the building of the Henoko base like the Satsuma samurais from Kyushu who decimated the Okinawan defenders when they invaded Okinawa in 1609?

Think about this. In 1945 during WWII, the Japanese military decided to use Okinawa as their stand against the American military — away from mainland Japan. What ensued was the Battle of Okinawa, the “Typhoon of Steel.” About 100,000 Okinawans, a third of the population, died.

Today, the Japanese government and the American military want to have most of the American military bases (70%) in Japan concentrated on Okinawa. Do you remember back during December 1941 in Pearl Harbor when the American military commanders decided to dock all the battleships of the Pacific Fleet lined up in a row – “Battle Ship Row” — because it made them easier to guard? Seems to me that putting most of the American military forces on Okinawa is, well, like putting “all your eggs in one basket.” Potential annihilation all over again?

Then the question comes to mind: If another country wanted to wipe out the American military on Okinawa with one strike, it would probably use a nuclear weapon. Who in today’s world is physically able and mentally crazy enough to do this? What country sits 976 miles from Okinawa with a dictator who has nuclear weapons and missiles at his disposal and no diplomatic relations with the United States? Think he could and would do it?

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International Conference of Uchinanchu Youth 2016 Jan 15 – 24 in São Paulo, Brasil

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Registration period: 15 Oct 2015 – 30 Nov 2015

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HUOA 2015 Legacy Award 11/1/15

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Connection Between Hawaii’s Local-Style Restaurants and Oroku, Okinawa

American Cafe founded by Ushi Takara in 1923.

American Cafe, founded by Ushi Takara in 1923, “on King Street near Richards Street, about where Central Pacific Bank is today.”1 Photo from the introduction to The Oroku, Okinawa Connection.

In 2002-2003, Michiko Kodama-Nishimoto and Warren Nishimoto of the Center for Oral History, Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, conducted eleven interviews that were compiled in The Oroku, Okinawa Connection: Local-Style Restaurants in Hawai‘i and published in February 2004, with joint copyright by the Center for Oral History and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. The online version is available in ScholarSpace (accessed 23 Oct. 2015). The following are links to the excellent introduction (with priceless photos), interviews, and appendix.

Excerpts from the introduction:

Since the 1920s, there have been more than seventy restaurants owned and operated on O’ahu by Orokun-chu, or individuals whose families originated in Oroku, Okinawa. The earliest documented by the Oroku Azajin Restaurant Committee is American Cafe founded by Ushi Takara in 1923. Ushi Takara and non-Orokun-chu Harry Seigi Uehara, owner of Kewalo Inn, have often been credited for hiring, training, and inspiring others to open their own eateries. Orokun-chu restaurateurs also mentioned as mentors by project interviewees include: Gentaro Kaneshiro of Frankie’s Cafe and Columbia Inn, Fred Toshio Kaneshiro of Columbia Inn, Takaras and Teruyas of Kaimuki Inn, Saburo Teruya of Hibiscus Cafe, and Saburo Takara of Ramona Cafe.

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Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Okinawa

Received a tip about this program from my brother-in-law, Phil, via email on 19 Oct. 2015. The tip originated in an email from his friend, Gary, on the same date. The program, “Okinawa: The Japan You Might Not Know,” aired on 8 Oct. 2015. I found two versions of the program on YouTube, allegedly uploaded by Bourdain. The first, below, is full screen with poor to passable resolution. The second is less than full screen but with better resolution. The second also runs a bit longer with opening and closing credits.

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown S06E03 – Okinawa.” Uploaded by Anthony Bourdain PU on 12 Oct. 2015.
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“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown | Season 6 Episode 3 | Okinawa.” Uploaded by Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on 12 Oct. 2015.
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Photos from Governor Ige’s Trip to Okinawa and Guangdong Oct. 2015

Photos and captions from Governor David Ige’s Facebook page. For a video briefing of the trip, click here.

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We had a long trip to Okinawa, but were welcomed with a warm reception at Naha Airport. Members of DBEDT, HUOA, Hawaii Okinawa Kyokai and Okinawan Prefecture Government greeted us with flowers and a welcome sign. (10/7/15)

We had a long trip to Okinawa, but were welcomed with a warm reception at Naha Airport. Members of DBEDT, HUOA, Hawaii Okinawa Kyokai and Okinawan Prefecture Government greeted us with flowers and a welcome sign. (10/7/15)

Governor Takeshi Onaga gave us a warm reception. (10/8/15) — in Naha, Okinawa.

Governor Takeshi Onaga gave us a warm reception. (10/8/15) — in Naha, Okinawa.

 Okinawa-Hawaii Kyokai Reception (10/8/15) — in Naha, Okinawa.


Okinawa-Hawaii Kyokai Reception (10/8/15) — in Naha, Okinawa.

Dawn and I are so grateful to be hosted by such a wonderful group of people. Giving our thanks at the Okinawa-Hawaii Kyokai Reception. (10/8/15) — in Naha, Okinawa.

Dawn and I are so grateful to be hosted by such a wonderful group of people. Giving our thanks at the Okinawa-Hawaii Kyokai Reception. (10/8/15) — in Naha, Okinawa.

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Gov. Ige’s Briefing on Trip to Okinawa and Guangdong (10/15/15)


(Apologies for the poor quality of the video. As of 10/16/16, this is the best quality available online for embedding. -Editor, Liuchiuan)

Governor’s Office News Release
Governor Ige returns from successful business, diplomatic mission to Japan, China

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige returned from a successful and productive trip to Japan and China on Oct. 14. The governor and Mrs. Ige traveled with a delegation from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) to promote economic development, renewable energy cooperation and international student exchange.

While there, the governor and Mrs. Ige participated in mile-stone celebrations of the 30th anniversary of sister-relations with Okinawa Prefecture, Japan and Guangdong Province, China and expressed Hawai‘i’s commitment to further strengthen these relationships through educational, cultural and economic exchanges in the years ahead.

“Hawai‘i and Okinawa share many similar characteristics, and I was able to observe how Okinawa’s energy companies and educational institutions are developing programs and initiatives that have global impact,” said Gov. Ige. “The Prefectural Government is also committed to developing a workforce skilled in international relations. Our similarities will continue to unite us as we strive to achieve new models of economic development priorities.”  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 15 May 2013, held at the Okinawa International University in Ginowan. This video was uploaded to YouTube by ACSILs (Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans) on 14 Sep. 2013.

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Two Amazing Okinawans Who Helped Change the World

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Two Okinawans who helped change the world were born not only the same year and the same month, but almost on the same day. Kyuzo Toyama, known as the “Father of Okinawan Immigration,” was born on November 9, 1868, in Kin, Okinawa. Gichin Funakoshi, known as the “Father of Modern Karate,” was born on November 10, 1868, in the Yamakawa district of Shuri, Okinawa.

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Both Kyuzo Toyama and Gichin Funakoshi started out as teachers.

Kyuzo Toyama was such a bright student, he completed the compulsory four years of elementary school in two years. In 1884 at age 16, he entered the Okinawa Normal School for teachers on scholarship, graduating in 1889. In 1893, at age 25, he became principal of Kin Elementary School. However, because he felt that he and his school were being treated unfairly by the Japanese education system, he resigned his post. After leaving, he became head of Namisato Ward in Kin, where he worked to find a new site for the Kin Elementary School and pursued several other improvement projects for the village. Some people opposed Toyama’s efforts and took physical action against him. Because of these unpleasant experiences, he ended up living in a cottage in the mountains working as a farmer and studying at night (Hijirida & Oshiro, ch. 2).

In 1896 at age 29, Toyama decided to go to Tokyo to continue his studies and to seek solutions for Okinawa’s problems (Hijirida & Oshiro, ch. 2).

Gichin Funakoshi was born premature and was sickly as a child. While growing up, his grandfather on his mother’s side began teaching him the Chinese classics. While attending elementary school, he became friends with the son of Yasutsune Azato who was a noted karate master. In 1879, after Azato’s son introduced Funakoshi to his dad, the 11-year-old became Azato’s student. Through diligent karate training, Funakoshi’s health improved. Besides karate, Funakoshi also had many conversations about the Chinese Classics with his karate teacher. And because of his studies in the Chinese classics with both his grandfather and Azato, he decided to pursue a teaching career. Funakoshi considered himself a Confucian scholar (Funakoshi).  Continue reading

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Tour de Okinawa 11/8/15: International Bicycle Road Race

Tour de Okinawa 11/8/15: International Bicycle Road Race
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Three events:

Champion Road Race: Categorazied as Asia Pro Tour 1.2 of UCI, or the International Cycling Union, this 200km distance is the longest of all road races in Japan. Heated competition among invited pro-cycling teams from abroad and Japan’s top road racing teams will unfold in the northern Okinawa Island.

International Elite Women’s Road Race: An international elite women’s road race in which invited foreign riders and Japannese counterparts compete against one another. There is one hill-climb contained also in the Chanpion Road Race, placing the couse among some of Japan’s highest level for femal riders.

International Junior Road Race 140km: This category provides road races for juniors in Japan an opportunity to compete against top riders from abroad; Through the competition along the tough course, those young athlets will, we hope, gain experience to become cyclists with power and ability to attain good riding records even in Europe, the center of bicycle races. The bicycles they ride for the race must pass vehicle-inspection, including gear ratio specified in UCI rules.

Go to the site for more details.

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WWII Civilian Detainment Camp Deaths in Okinawa

Excerpts from “Over 3,000 Okinawans Died in U.S. Camps at End of War” (Kyodo/Japan Times, 9/7/15):

At least 3,000 civilians died in 1945 and 1946 in camps set up by the U.S. military in Okinawa, according to a survey shedding light on their little-known plight in the facilities.

The survey — in which questionnaires were sent to all 41 municipal offices in the prefecture — found that the main causes of death were starvation and malaria, as the camps were in unsanitary surroundings and little food was provided. The survey results were released Saturday.

During the war, once U.S. troops occupied some areas of Okinawa, they set up camps in which they detained local people. Such camps were created in 16 occupied areas, and the number of people in them reached as high as 300,000, exceeding the capacity for the U.S. military to handle them.

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Okinawa Prefecture International Student Scholarship – November Deadline

I found two sources of information for this scholarship for study in Okinawa: Japan Study Support and JASSO. The information is probably outdated, but you can get a fairly good idea about the requirements and benefits. For current information, contact the organization.

Organization: Okinawa International Exchange & Human Resources Development Foundation
Scholarship name: Okinawa International Exchange & Human Resources Development Foundation (公財)沖縄県国際交流・人材育成財団
Address: 4-2-16 Isa, Ginowan-shi, Okinawa 901-2221
Phone: 098-942-9215
Fax: 098-942-9220
Email: http://www.oihf.or.jp
Applicable: scholarship year 2014-2015
Application method: Apply directly to the foundation.
Place of residence at the time of application: outside Japan
Academic level: Japanese Language Program of the university, College, Undergraduate
School address: Okinawa
Designated school region: Okinawa Prefecture
Age limitation: Less than 35
Combined award limitation: You cannot get another scholarship.
Other application matters: Overseas Okinawa descendants
Stipend (Yen): 70,000 yen for a month
Other stipend: Travel Expense, Tuition, Boarding, Welfare Expenses
Duration (years): 1 year
Number of recipients: 若干名 (A few)
Number of recipients in previous year: 9/13
Application period: Aug. 1 to Nov. 8
Application deadline: November

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OAA Okinawa Bazaar (Gardena) 10/4/15

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2015 Okinawan Festival in Honolulu: Opening Procession

Led by shisa lion dogs, the procession to open 2015 Okinawan Festival in Honolulu's Kapi'olani Park officially began at around 10am on 5 September 2015.

Led by shishimai, the procession to open the 2015 Okinawan Festival in Honolulu’s Kapi’olani Park officially began at around 10:20am on September 5.

The shisa were followed by a paranku troupe.

The shishimai were followed by a paranku troupe. The lady in the red jacket with an orchid lei is U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono. See her photo, below, with the shishimai performers.

The shisa were followed by the procession of banners for the organizations that make up the United Okinawa Association (UOA).

Next came the procession of banners for the organizations that make up the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA).

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2015 Autumn Picnic, Okinawa Kai of Washington, D.C., Sep 12

2015 Autumn Picnic, Okinawa Kai of Washington, D.C., 9/12/15, 11am-4pm, Bull Run Regional Park

2015 Autumn Picnic, Okinawa Kai of Washington, D.C., 9/12/15, 11am-4pm, Bull Run Regional Park. Click image to enlarge.

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Annual OAA Bazaar & Fundraiser 10/4/15 Gardena

Annual OAA Bazaar/Fundraiser Okinawan Food, Entertainment, and Merchandise PLUS Raffle Drawings and Games October 4th • 11AM ~ 4PM @ the OAA Center 16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena 90247 Click here for more information VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Annual OAA Bazaar/Fundraiser
Okinawan Food, Entertainment, and Merchandise
PLUS Raffle Drawings and Games
October 4th • 11AM ~ 4PM
@ the OAA Center
16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena 90247
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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Shichi nu Ayumi 9/27/15 Honolulu

Updated 8/27/15
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Please make time and join us (Ukwanshin Kabudan Ryukyu Performing Arts Troupe) for the 27th of September Lunar Autumn Moon Festival Performance 十五夜いめんそーりよーさい!

Please make time and join us (Ukwanshin Kabudan Ryukyu Performing Arts Troupe) for the 27th of September Lunar Autumn Moon Festival Performance
十五夜いめんそーりよーさい!

Gusuuyoo, Chuuwuganabira!

Hope your day is going well. I just wanted to announce a new production Ukwanshin will be doing on September 27, 2015 (Sunday) at Mamiya Theater, 5pm. The show is titled “Shichi nu Ayumi: The Passing of the Seasons” and is a showcase of traditional Okinawan music and dance featuring Eric Wada and his student Brent Arakaki and others. This show will actually be done on Juuguyaa, the traditional Okinawan Autumn Moon festival and will replace our usual celebration at Jikoen.

Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $30 at the door. Please call 808-845-5192 or email ukwanshinevents@gmail.com to reserve your tickets. We will also be chartering a bus for pick-up and drop off at Jikoen Hongwanji in Kalihi. The bus will leave at 3:45pm. You will need to call us to reserve your spot on the bus. PLEASE DO NOT CALL JIKOEN! They are merely allowing us to use their parking lot as a pick-up/dropoff point.

Please help us spread the word as the date is coming up very soon. There is a low-res PDF attached for posting on social media or email blasts, and a black-and-white printable PDF if you want to post or pass out old-school. I will be sending a second email with more details on the show. Please feel free to forward this to your friends and family. I hope you will be able to join us for this show!

Kafuushi deebiru,
Norman Kaneshiro

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Michijyune 8/28/15 Jikoen Hongwanji Honolulu 6:30-8pm

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Norman Kaneshiro:

Norman Kaneshiro: “This is a unique cultural observance we hope all of you can be a part of. As usual, Ukwanshin will be providing musical support. Thank you, YOH, for organizing this!” Click image to enlarge.

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Oral History of U.S. Marines and Okinawan Civilians in the Battle of Okinawa

Laura Homan Lacey’s Stay off the Skyline: The Sixth Marine Division on Okinawa — An Oral History (Potomac Books, 2007) is unique in that she compiles stories told by the veterans. The section on the Okinawan people is especially chilling. Here are some excerpts:

Stay off the Skyline“A higher ranking Sergeant took no heed / Of my order to leave the little girl be. / His first round missed, going astray. / His second shot tore her intestines away.”

“Unfortunately … we had to shoot them. That’s when a lot of the poor Okinawans got killed…. We felt bad about having to do it, but we were protecting our own life. Survival of the fittest.”

“I went over and stuck my foot under her hat and lifted her hat up, and her eyes were just that big, ya know, and she’s still alive. Japs … and wherever we went we were killing people, but this woman was by herself right in the mud.”

“We went down and grabbed them because guys on the other hill would kill ’em. There’s always somebody who would shoot them. It turns out the guy, the man, the adult, was seventy-five years old and blind, and the girl was about eight years old…. I saw too many dead civilians. I didn’t want to add to it.”

“She was Japanese…. She told them she had her entire class of all girls from the Naha Primary School … were in that cave and had been there somewhere for over sixty some days…. a five hundred pound bomb buried in the floor of that cave. She hit the nose of it, evidently with a mallet, and the whole top of the hill… turned around and then fell back into place…. [we] figure that there was in the neighborhood [of] thirty-two little girls in that cave with the schoolteacher.”

“They were friendly people, nice people. We were unusually cruel to them, which they did not deserve ’cause the Japs were cruel and they did not need us on their backs either. But they had slant eyes. We were very anti-slant eyes. Guys would say, ‘There goes a slant-eyed chink, pow, pow … there goes a slant-eyed pig, pow, pow.’ We were not the most charming people in the world.”

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Obon Traditions in Okinawa – 8/29/15 at OAA

Obon Traditions in Okinawa - Aug 29, 2015, 2pm at OAA.

Obon Traditions in Okinawa – Aug 29, 2015, 2pm at OAA in Gardena, CA. More info.

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4th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival – Manila Sep 10-15, 2015

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Park Soo Jin’s Okinawa Travel Video

“Healing Okinawa with Park Soo Jin” uploaded to YouTube by Petervanilla 2/10/15.

Park Soo Jin, Korean actress and former member of K-pop girl group Sugar, was featured in a travel program that took her to Okinawa. She recently married actor and businessman Bae Yong-joon, who starred in TV dramas such as Winter Sonata.

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‘Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawaii’ – JANM Exhibit July 11-Sep. 6, 2015

Kina & Momohara3Exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, July 11-Sep. 6, 2015: “Incorporating paintings by Laura Kina and photographs by Emily Hanako Momohara, Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i is a unique examination of worker migration and settlement from the islands of Okinawa to the islands of Hawai‘i, prompted by opportunities afforded by the latter’s sugar plantations and pineapple farms during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” Read the full article here.

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Why Not an Uchinaaguchi Writing Contest?

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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 video made me wonder if there exists a literature written in Uchinaguchi. For example, can you go to the big bookstore in Naha and find books written in Uchinaaguchi? If not, then why not encourage the creation of a body of literatue in Uchinaaguchi? I believe if there are writings in the hogen, then the language will not only survive but thrive.

Would someone or an organization in Okinawa be interested in sponsoring an annual Uchinaaguchi writing contest for school students? Scholarship prizes could be offered for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th places as well as honorable mentions. There could be a number of different categories, for example, articles and short stories. The winning entries could then be published in a book, adding to and encouraging the development of Uchinaaguchi litterature.

Wouldn’t this encourage young Okinawans to learn Uchinaaguchi?

A similar contest could also be held for college students and others in Okinawa, and the results could be published in a book similar to Bamboo Ridge – the Hawaii Writer’s Quarterly.

The purpose of the contests would be to encourage everyone, including overseas Uchinanchu, of all ages to learn and use Uchinaaguchi. For example, elementary school kids could write simple stories or articles such as:

My uncle is a fisherman. He fishes everyday. Everyone in the family eats his fish for dinner. One day a storm came, and he didn’t returned. Everyone was sad. They thought the ocean had swallowed him. But a week later, he returned. He said the storm blew him to another island. People there helped him repair his boat. Everyone was happy to see him again.

This story is made up of simple sentences, which I believe young children could learn to write. But it’s the active use of the language that’s important. I believe it’s critical for the preservation and development of Uchinaaguchi that young people start to use it to think of and write their stories.

From parents, teachers, and community leaders — everyone — there would be nothing but encouragement, support and praise. Who knows, this could snowball into something very wonderful.

Just an idea that came to mind…

Aloha!
Rodney Inefuku, Hawaii Kai

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Yoko Gushiken Inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame

Yōkō Gushiken, Mar. 2003

Yōkō Gushiken, Mar. 2003

Yoko Gushiken (具志堅 用高 Gushiken Yōkō, born June 26, 1955 in Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan) is a Japanese former professional boxer from 1974-1981. The southpaw’s professional record is 23-1 (15 by KO) and he held the title of WBA Junior Flyweight champion 1976-1981. Following his retirement from boxing, he remains popular in Japan as a tarento having signed a contract with Ohta Productions. Gushiken is part of the 2015 class for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. (Source Wikipedia)

See related story by Yuri Kageyama, “Gushiken comes to terms with boxing legacy,” Japan Times, 2 July 2015.

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30th Anniversary Hawaii-Okinawa Sister-State Relationship July 10-12, 2015

Forwarded by Rodney Inefuku on 7/3/15.

hoss00Hoss00ARegister for events now at Eventbrite by clicking here:
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or call Hawaii Okinawa Center at (808) 676-5400 for tickets and more information.

See below for more details on each event.
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Drums of Hope 7/12/15 Hawaii Okinawa Center 1-6pm

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‘Churasa’ at UH-Manoa Kennedy Theatre 7/23/15 at 7:30pm

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30th Anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa Sister State Relationship; Silver Anniversary of Hawaii Okinawa Center; Eisa Drum Fesitval: July 10-12, 2015

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2016 Uchinanchu Taikai Oct. 26-30

Updated 2/1/16, 6/12/16, 6/15/16

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The official dates for 6th Worldwide Uchinaanchu Festival (世界ウチナーンチュ大会) are October 26-30, 2016. (Source: The Okinawa Association of America, 10/13/15.) Click image to enlarge. Click image to enlarge.

The official dates for 6th Worldwide Uchinaanchu Festival (世界ウチナーンチュ大会) are October 26-30, 2016. (Source: The Okinawa Association of America, 10/13/15.) Click image to enlarge.

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Update 1/31/16: “The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival,” Okinawa Island Guide, n.d. “Starting with the Festival Eve Parade along Kokusai Street and the opening ceremony held at Okinawa Cellular Stadium, there will be a multitude of exciting events and programs to be enjoyed throughout the festival, including the World Business Fair, the Uchina Junior Study Tour, the Congress of the World Youth Uchinanchu Association and the Karate and Kobudo Exchange Festival. In addition, some of Okinawa’s most popular annual events, such as the Shurijo Castle Festival and the Okinawa Industrial Festival, will take place before, during and after the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival.”

Update 1/31/16: “Creative logo design and catchy slogan wanted for the upcoming Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival,” Okinawa Island Guide, n.d.
The objectives of the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival are: To further develop the Uchina (Okinawan) network and pass it down to the younger generations and to showcase Okinawa’s soft power to the world and maximize it for the island’s future success.

All entries must comply with the following requirements:
– Must reflect the festival’s objectives.
– Must express the Uchinanchu (Okinawan) identity.

Entry deadline: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

How to enter:
Logo design
Entries are accepted via mail only. Send your design printed on A4-size paper together with an information sheet (another sheet of A4-size paper bearing your name, address, age, occupation/school name, phone number and a brief description of your work) to the address below. You may submit multiple entries, although each entry must be printed on a separate paper and accompanied by an information sheet.
Your logo design must include the name of the event in full “6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival” and the year “2016.”

Slogan
Entries are accepted via mail or fax. You may submit multiple entries, but each entry must be written on a separate sheet of paper together with your name, address, age, occupation/school name, phone number and a brief description of your work.

Qualification requirements: None

Judging: A panel of judges will be formed by the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Committee. The winning logo designs and catch phrases will be announced in late February 2016.

Prize
Best logo design: Letter of commendation and 100,000 yen cash prize
Best slogan: Letter of commendation and 50,000 yen cash prize

6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Committee (Logo and Catch Phrase Competition entry)
1-2-2 Izumizaki, Naha City, Okinawa 900-8570
Fax: 098-866-2622

Update 2/1/16: Mascot Design and Theme Song Winners for Taikai 2016

Winners of the mascot design and theme song for Taikai 2016: Shiroma Tsukasa's "Ryumaru," and singer songwriter Hanashiro Mai's "結~心届く~".

Winners of the mascot design and theme song for Taikai 2016: Shiroma Tsukasa’s1 (城間司) “Ryumaru”2 (笠丸) and dancer, singer, and songwriter Hanashiro Mai‘s (花城舞) “Striving for a United Heart”(?)「結~心届く~」. Photo and information from Ryukyu Shimpo 10/11/15.


Theme song 「結~心届く~」written and composed by Hanashiro Mai, arranged by Katsuya Yabe. Uploaded to YouTube by okinawaBBtv on 1/28/16.

Lyrics for「結~心届く~」
作詞・作曲 花城 舞
編曲 矢部克也
唄 花城 舞

夢と希望乗せた船 南風が見送る波
笑顔と涙抱きながら 歴史とルーツ繋いできた

この広い世界 あなたが 生きてることが誇り

世界中のどこでも 島謡唄えば
この島のどこかで 三線の音が響く
海に空に風に乗って きっと想いは伝わる

御万人ぬ想い見守る 夜空に光る天の川(てぃんがーら)

この広い世界 あなたに逢えたことが誇り

時代を越えていつでも 太鼓が響けば
この地球のどこかで 旗が揚がり舞い踊る
願い結ぶ月は今日も あなたを照らし輝く

雨の後は大きな虹 平和の橋あなたに架ける
あなたが望めばいつでも この島に心届く

世界中のどこでも 島謡唄えば
この島のどこかで 三線の音が響く
海に空に風に乗ってきっと想いは伝わる

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1 Shiroma is a lecturer at IT College Okinawa. From IT-College website, 10/15/15.
2 “Ryumaru” is named after the immigrant ship Ryutomaru as a symbol of Okinawan immigration.” From “Next Year’s Uchinanchu Taikai Mascot ‘Ryumaru’,” Okinawa Times, 10/11/15.

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