Champuru.net: Prayers and Support for Japan

With images of the devastation in Japan fresh on my mind, I stayed up until 4am that morning to see what nature would bring to our shores. The tsunami was not nearly as powerful as the one that swept through Japan, and although there was some property damage, Hawaii was very fortunate not to suffer …

Website: “Let’s Bon Dance!” www.bondance.com

For all of you bon dance lovers out there, Donna has created a new website for you to keep up-to-date on where the action is at as well as posts that show you what bon dancing is all about through wonderful photos and videos. It’ll be great to see others in different parts of the …

Links you may enjoy reading on your iPad (or anything else for the rest of us)

Looking for something good to read on your new iPad? Check out the links below and be sure to subscribe to them too. “Ohio Tomonokai Will Hold a Special Okinawan Dance Event on May 1st” – Okinawaology Blog “3rd Anniversary for China’s Shimauta” – Power of Okinawa “Hanauta Okinawan Izakaya in Akasaka” – Tokyo Dreaming …

Web: The Power of Okinawa

I’m happy to share John Potter’s wonderful website, The Power of Okinawa. John is the author of the book The Power of Okinawa: Roots Music from the Ryukyus, which I purchased 9 years ago (released in October 2001) and I’m happy to hear that he’s released a 2nd edition which has been “extensively revised, expanded …

Web: oki yo!

Introducing “oki yo! foregoing the real world on Okinawa.” From their intro page: Two cousins embark on a mission to research the music and culture of the motherland: Okinawa Island, Japan. One a recent high-school graduate in search of like-minded Okinawan indie rockers, one a not-so-recent college graduate in search of the native cultural roots …

Ayano Uema shares video of “PW無情”

You can file this in the “let’s hope more artist get in on this” category. Popular (and beautiful I might add) utasaa Ayano Uema shares a PV (well, kinda) of her rendition of the song “PW 無情” (the Prisoner of War song) on YouTube. Accompanying Ayano on piano is Yasushi Matsumoto of Taiyofu Orchestra. (Via …

Simple Sanshin Source requests your kunkunshi scans!

Kenji is requesting your help in sending him scans of kunkunshi. More information on how to send it to him can be found on site: Simple Sanshin Source. If he selects your kunkunshi, he’ll post it on the site with a “romaji translation and a small description of what the song is about.”

Web: Minami Sanshin-ten

If you’re into finding out more about the sanshin, head on over to the Minami Sanshin-ten blog for photos of their order-made sanshin. You’ll find a lot of great photos featuring different styles of sanshin (Makabii, Chinin Deeku, Kuba nu Funi, Yunaa), videos and photos of sanshin in different stages of development. You can also …