Oriental Faddah and Son

A smile. Whenever I pick up Lee Tonouchi’s Oriental Faddah and Son, I can’t help but smile. The book’s cover is nicely designed and at 152 pages, it should be a fast read (compared to the 925 pages in Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 which I’m also reading) but in reality, it’s not because I often find …

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 …

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 …

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 …

27th Annual Okinawan Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii

Wow, it’s already that time of year? This year HUOA‘s Okinawan Festival, its 27th year, will take place on September 5th and 6th. As always, it’s a great place to learn more about the Okinawan culture (you’ll still need to check-out Karakui.com for your pop culture fix, tho 😛 ) and other neat stuff like …

Chimugukuru: A Celebration of the Heart, Soul and Spirit of Hawaii’s Okinawan Community

WHAT IS IT? Come join us for Chimugukuru: A Celebration of the Heart, Soul and Spirit of Hawaii’s Okinawan Community (featuring storyteller Alton Chung) on Saturday, October 24th at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. 100% of proceeds from this celebration support the Hawaii United Okinawan Association and Ikuyu Madin (HUOA Capital Campaign). The event runs from …

“Thinking Out Loud” on KZOO Radio [Honolulu]

Chris Yano is hosting a really interesting radio program called, “Thinking Out Loud” on KZOO (1210 AM) at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. On 07.20, she will be talking to Norman Kaneshiro and Eric Wada. They will be talking about playing Okinawan music, issues of identity and their organization Ukwanshin Kabudan. They will play their …

Blogs: Voices from Okinawa Online

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 …