National Theatre Okinawa’s Promo Video

English Version of National Theatre Okinawa’s Promo Video

The National Theatre Okinawa recently shared promotional videos on their YouTube channel with versions in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean (the latter three are subtitled only). The videos are narrated in English by Yonashiro Sho of the idol pop group JO1.

National Theatre Okinawa’s building, as seen in the video, was built in a style reminiscient of home architecture dating back to the when Okinawa was still the Ryukyu Kingdom. Its walls bend outward at the top, creating shade from sun and rain, and are styled in the form of woven bamboo “chinibu” walling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_-mimOtT9s

National Theatre Okinawa (website link in English) and they just opened a Twitter account (they also have tweets in English too)!

Event: Lecture-Demonstration by Sekiyu Chinen

Jimpu Kai USA Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho, Hawaii Shibu, under the direction of Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, is proud to present a series of lecture-demonstrations by Mr. Sekiyu Chinen, a guest artist from Okinawa. Having studied uta-sanshin, dance, and kumiwudui under Master Kin Ryosho for almost forty years, Mr. Chinen is one of the last performers of Shuri-style kumiwudui in Okinawa. He would like to share his passion for Okinawa performing arts with the people of Hawaiʻi. The lecture-demonstrations are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

The lecture-demonstrations are scheduled on these dates:

Thursday, July 12: Hilo Nichiren Mission, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, July 18: Hawaii Okinawan Center, Serikaku Chaya, 7:00 PM (download flyer, PDF 157 KB)

Sunday, July 22: UHM Music Building, Room 36, 10:00 AM

Sunday, July 29: Maui Okinawan Cultural Center, 10:00 AM

(via Char)

“Amawari, the Lord of Kimutaka Spirit” coming to Hawaii

From the flyer:

“Kimutaka no Amawari”
Lord of noble soul Kimutaka no Amawari is a Kumiodori musical performed by more than 100 junior and senior high school students from Katsuren, Uruma. It is the story of Amawari, Lord of Katsuren Castle in the days of war in Okinawa 550 years ago.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008
Time: 1 PM and 6 PM
Place: Hawaii Okinawa Center
Tickets & Information: Hawaii United Okinawa Association 808.676.5400.