iOS app: iOkinawa!

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Billing itself as a combination of beautiful Okinawan girls and Okinawan dialect, out of curiosity I installed the free (with ads) iOkinawa! app (link opens iTunes US Store) on my iPhone 4. Developed by Sayobs (Ray Matayoshi) from Tokyo, it looks like it’s their first iOS app made for the iPhone. Released November 10, 2010, it’s currently at version 1.0 and the description on iTunes reads: “Tons of useful Okinawan dialect phrases with beautiful Okinawan girls.”

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UHM Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series

The Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series:

U.S. Military Bases and Funshi (Feng Shui): The Anti-Base Movement and Community Development in Yomitan, Okinawa

Tomoaki Hara, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Shizuoka University, Japan

Thursday, April 22, 2010
3:00 PM in Crawford Hall 115, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Link

Sounds like a very interesting topic that Tomoaki will be presenting on Thursday.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for sending it in!)

UHM Women’s Studies Colloquium Series Spring 2010

The UHM Women’s Studies Program is pleased to continue our Spring 2010 Colloquium Series with a talk by Mire Koikari (Director, UHM Women’s Studies Program), “‘I only ask this splendid group of women not to become involved in politics’: Women, Domesticity, and the Cold War in US-occupied Okinawa.” This talk is co-sponsored by the UHM Center for Okinawan Studies.

The event will take place at 2424 Maile Way, Saunders 624 (the Harry Friedman Room in the Political Science Department) Friday, April 16, 2010 from 12:30pm-2pm.

Link

Sorry, late in posting this but please attend if you’re in the area. (Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)

Event: Obuchi Forum -Okinawa Now- (Hawaii)

Obuchi Forum -Okinawa Now-
Sunday, March 21, 2010, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
University of Hawaii Manoa’s Koi Room, Imin Conference Center (Jefferson Hall), East-West Center
Free admission and free parking!

From the blog:

It is our great pleasure to invite all of you to come to learn and discuss contemporary issues in Okinawa at the upcoming Obuchi forum –Okinawa Now-. This forum will be held at the Imin Center at the East-West Center in Honolulu, on March 21st. This event is part of 50th anniversary celebration of East-West Center, which has hosted many students and scholars from Okinawa since its establishment in 1960. As one of the institution’s programs, the Obuchi scholarship was designed to accommodate Okinawan students in 2000 and marks the 10th anniversary this year. At the forum, Okinawan and Okinawa-related students at University of Hawaii and East-West Center, including Obuchi scholarship grantees and many others, would like to share knowledge about and discuss current events in Okinawa, with the Okinawan community in Hawaii.

The forum will feature the following topics: military base issue, tourism, Okinawa in pop culture, and Okinawan’s youth identity.

Download the flyer (PDF) for more info.

(Nifee deebitan to Shari for the info!)

[Updated] “The trends and directions of Okinawan studies in Hawaii” by Mamoru Akamine

[Updated: Room has been changed to #2118.]

September 25, 2009

“The trends and directions of Okinawan studies in Hawaii” by Professor Mamoru Akamine of the University of the Ryukyus.

The noon seminar will be held at John A. Burns Hall Rm. 3012 2118, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)

COS Lecture Series 10/1/09 & 10/2/09

Professor Masahide Ishihara will be our first speaker with two different presentation on October 1st and 2nd. Both presentation will be held in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) at 3:00 pm. Professor Ishihara is a linguist at the University of the Ryukyus. More information on his talk to follow in the coming weeks.

October 1, 2009

“Two Sides of the Coin: Change in Language Attitudes Toward the Ryukyuan Languages”

October 2, 2009

“America’s English Language Policy in Occupied Okinawa and the Reactions of the People of Okinawa”

Link: Center for Okinawan Studies Lecture Series

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info.)

COS Lecture Series: “Introducing the International Institute for Okinawan Studies at the University of the Ryukyus”

The International Institute for Okinawan Studies (IIOS) was established on April 1, 2009 at the University of the Ryukyus. It is a research institute that brings together all of the different disciplines focusing on Okinawan Studies at the University of the Ryukyus. Professor Katsunori Yamazato is the inaugural Director of IIOS.

Join us as Professor Yamazato talks about IIOS, its future plans, and its relationship with the University of Hawai‘i.

  • Speaker: Professor Katsunori Yamazato, Director International Institute for Okinawan Studies, University of the Ryukyus
  • Date: September 2, 2009 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Location: Moore 319 (Tokioka Room)

Co-sponsored with the Center for Japanese Studies, UHM

Event is free and open to the public.

Check out their website for more info.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)

Blogs: Voices from Okinawa Online

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It’s always nice to see a blog about Okinawa (especially if it’s in English) and here’s one you’ll want to check out: “Voices from Okinawa Online: A blog related to the summer 2009 issue of MANOA.”

From the MANOA website:

Launched in 1989, MANOA strives to bring the literature of Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas to English-speaking readers. To date, the journal has published forty volumes, about 8,000 pages, and over 1,000 writers, translators, reviewers, and editors. In addition, MANOA sponsors readings, exhibitions, performances, and other events.

Visit: Voices from Okinawan Online

Center for Okinawa Studies Conference 2009

“From Aza, through Sanzan, Loochoo, and Ryukyu, to Okinawa, to Uchinanchu Diaspora—Where is Okinawan Studies Headed?”

March 19th – March 21st, 2009
Hawaii Imin International Conference Center,
East West Center, Hawaiʻi

The first COS Okinawan Studies conference will feature scholars from UH, the US mainland, Okinawa and Japan and will examine ways in which the various areas of Okinawan Studies can be developed.

Specific topics include:

  • Okinawa Studies in Okinawa, Japan, North America and Europe (Keynote Speeches)
  • Diasporic Identities
  • Traditional Ryukyu
  • Performing Arts
  • Dictionary Production
  • Models of Collaboration
  • Language Revitalization
  • Literature
  • Contemporary Issues (Economy and Politics)
  • Contemporary Issues (Military Issues)
  • Textiles

More information as well as the conference registration form is available on the COS Okinawan Studies 2009 website.

(Nifee deebitan for the tip, Char!)

Lecture-Demonstration: “Ryukyu Geino: The Legacy of Kin Ryosho”

There will be a Ryukyuan/Okinawan classical performing arts lecture-demonstration next month on Sunday the 12th from 3PM to 5PM at the University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture Auditorium. Admission is free!

From the flyer (download it here in PDF):

“Ryukyu Geino: The Legacy of Kin Ryosho,” a free public lecture-demonstration discussing the art and teachings of Master Kin Ryosho, will be presented on Sunday, October 12, 2008, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the UH Manoa School of Architecture Auditorium.

Master Kin Ryosho, one of the last links to the classical performing arts of the Ryukyuan Kingdom, was designated a National Living Treasure by the Japanese government for his knowledge of Kumi Udui, the 18th century classical Okinawan court dance drama.

The program will feature short lectures by Dr. Kathy Foley, University of California, Santa Cruz and Dr. Nobuko Ochner, University of Hawai‘i Manoa. Dances and demonstrations of Kumi Udui will be presented by the students of Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, Lecturer in Okinawan Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and director of the Hawai‘i chapter of Master Kin’s school, Jimpu Kai USA Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho Hawai‘i Shibu.

Doors open at 2:30 PM. Seating is limited. Free parking is available under the School of Architecture building and on campus. Elevator for disabled guests can be accessed through the parking lot under the Architecture building.

This project was made possible through funding from the University of Hawai‘i Japan Studies Endowment and co-sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i’s Center for Japanese Studies and Center for Okinawan Studies.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)