Hawaii United Okinawa Association Goes YouTube

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA link) has gone to YouTube to reach out to its community and to the rest of the world. Many of us were saddened that their annual Okinawan Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic something that performers, volunteers, and visitors look to every Labor Day weekend. This year …

@horinyo on Twitter

75年前の沖縄。 1945年6月 母親と子供たち。沖縄戦が激化する沖縄本島の首里近辺にて。 白黒写真を、人工知能+手動補正でカラー化しました。 pic.twitter.com/KjQbtsuVYW — ホリーニョ (@horinyo) December 6, 2020 Maybe weekly, I’ll feature an account on Twitter that’s worth a follow. Today I’m featuring @horinyo (ホリーニョ) from Osaka who tweets colorized black and white photos of Okinawa before and after the war. The photos are amazing and with close to 9,000 of them, …

Animal Crossing: New Horizons New CM Features Aragaki Yui

[任天堂HP]新垣結衣さんが出演する「Nintendo Switch 2020冬 TVCM」を公開しました。#どうぶつの森 #リングフィットアドベンチャーhttps://t.co/oM0Vn1IqB3 pic.twitter.com/JFSZbvbrU7 — 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) December 7, 2020 Being a big fan of this game, it’s with great pleasure to see the latest CM (from the Japanese version of the game あつまれ どうぶつの森) feature Aragaki Yui! Did you know that there’s an Okinawan villager in this game? There’s also an Okinawan …

NHK World’s Okinawa Playlist

Perhaps one of the best media resources for non-Japanese language speakers is NHK World which is available as website and a standalone app for the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Recently they added playlists from their On Demand collection and there’s one for Okinawa! The playlist (“Okinawa: Hope through Hard Times” link) …

Film: Ryukyu Battle Royale

This year’s 33rd HIFF will feature a film shot on location in Okinawa titled “Dancing Karate Kid (Ryukyu Battle Royale)”. The film is directed by Tsukasa Kishimoto and stars former Johnny’s Jr. idol Joey Beni, gravure idol Yui Koike, and karateka Akihito Yagi. Synopsis from HIFF’s website by Jason Musni Soeda: Ken Sawamura is a …

Event: 3rd Eisa Drum Festival at Kapi’olani Community College on May 11th

3rd Eisa Drum Festival at Kapi’olani Community College on May 11th A Celebration of Okinawan Culture with Drums, Lions, Music, and Karate Kapi’olani Community College and the Office of Student Activities are pleased to present the third Eisa Drum Festival on Saturday, May 11 from 5:30 to 9 pm, on the Great Lawn (center of …

Karakara at HIFF 2012

This film. Amazing. Following up on a post from about a week ago, today was the HIFF 2012 screening of director Claude Gagnon’s “Karakara.” The director was at the screening so there was an interview and Q&A after the film. First of all, he was surprised that the theatre was packed since he called the …