Its opening was postponed due to the pandemic but now the Amawari Park is ready to open on October 14! To celebrate the opening, admission will be free until the end of this year and will be ¥600 for adults and ¥400 for children thereafter. The facility will allow one to experience the history of Uruma City and the World Heritage Katsuren Castle Ruins.
Due to the pandemic, the Ryūkyū Fue Kenkyūjo will be holding their concert online on YouTube for free this year. Also called Ryūteki, the Ryūkyū fue (flute) is a beautiful instrument and although it’s an accompaniment instrument in classical music, it will be interesting to see how it’s performed for this concert. The concert will also feature musicians from Nomura-ryu Koten Ongaku Nomura-ryu Ongaku Kyokai.
Save the date-Oct 11th (Indigenous People’s Day): Film screening of First Language and panel discussion + my short yuntaku (chat) with the one and only @Awich098 on rap and Okinawan identity!https://twitter.com/gritsnsushi/status/1445342251245264902
It’ll be on Zoom and hopefully someone will upload it to YouTube for those of us unable to attend.
If you missed the livestream for the “Authors in Conversation: Akemi Johnson & Elizabeth Miki Brina“, there’s now an archive version for VOD! Mariko Middleton (Ichariba Choodee podcast) did a great job in moderating the conversation.
We will take a brief dive into the elements surrounding this incredible unique land, people, and culture through the the lenses of authors Akemi Johnson, Night in the American Village, and Elizabeth Miki Brina, Speak, Okinawa, in a conversation moderated by Mariko Middleton of the Ichariba Choodee: Okinawan Voices and Stories Podcast. We’ll talk about identity, inspiration, history, and inquire into the future of Okinawa, concluding with hopes and dreams.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hovi5WvoD7E
Having both authors’ audiobooks in our Audible library, who would have thought that we would be able to see this wonderful conversation take place. So awesome.
It’s hard to believe that the book The Power of Okinawa: Roots Music from the Ryukyus is already celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. For it …The Power of Okinawa – 20th Anniversary
Okinawan trance music?! Originally released in 1998 but now making its way to online music services is SARABANDGE’s album “Okinawan Trance Music”. The album has a mix of Uchinaa folk music and originals. I can imagine hitting play and having the album run in the background.
Up till now, the Miss Okinawa YouTube channel focused primarily on places to eat and visit while in Okinawa (which happens to be the main part of their job) but they recently released a video entirely in Uchinaaguchi and in 4K! (Yes, they as most other Uchinaa YouTubers still use Okinawa Hougen instead of Uchinaaguchi. Sigh.) The video is wonderfully narrated by Komine Wakako of the Miyagi-ryu Toyobukai Miyagiryuubu Kenkyuujo.