Event: Suruti Chibarana -Striving Together-

Maui Okinawa Taiko and Jimpu Kai Maui will have a joint anniversary recital on Sunday, 24 June 2012, at the Baldwin High School Auditorium. The recital, which starts at 2:00pm, celebrates Maui Okinawa Taiko’s 15th anniversary and Jimpu Kai Maui’s 10th anniversary. Tickets are $12.00 for general admission and $10.00 for seniors 55 and over …

Event: Tamagusuku Ryu Senjukai Hawaii Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo 15th Anniversary

On Sunday, 10 June 2012, 2:00 PM at Orvis Auditorium in the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. Tickets are available for pre-sale at $20.00 and will be $25.00 at the door. More information at senjukaihawaii.com. (h/t Shari)

Event: Washita Ichiman | Our Itoman: Okinawan Songs and Dance

Two shows (2:30 PM and 7:30 PM) on Saturday, 9 June 2012, at the Doris Duke Theatre (Honolulu, Hawaii). Tickets can be purchased online at the Honolulu Museum of Arts’ website: The cultural heritage of the 500-year-old Okinawan fishing village Itoman comes to life when Ukwanshin Kabudan presents Washita Ichiman: Our Itoman. Tomoko Uehara (lead …

Event: 2nd Eisa Drum Festival in Hawaii

WHAT? 2nd Eisa Drum Festival WHEN? Saturday, May 12, 2012 TIME? 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm WHERE? Great Lawn, Kapiolani Community College Kapiolani Community College and the Office of Student Activities are pleased to announce that the 2nd Eisa Drum Festival will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 on the Great Lawn at the …

Ryu-Unit, New Jap Swing

I’ve been wondering what happened to the original members of DA PUMP after KEN left in 2009. I saw Shinobu’s Okinawan Pop group in Tokyo back in 2009, ISSA recently starred in the “Ryujin Mabuyer” film, and now I know what’s happened to the other two members. KEN and YUKINARI formed an all-Okinawan hip-hop trio …

Recital: Derek Ichiro Shiroma Kenkyusho’s “Uta Gukuru” on 10/28/12!

On Sunday, 28 October 2012, the Okinawan Minyo Kyokai Wakugawa Dojo Derek Ichiro Shiroma Kenkyusho will be holding a recital at the Hawaii Okinawa Center from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Tickets will be available after June 1st for US $25.00. The recital will feature special guest performers from Okinawa as well as local performers. …

Fundraiser: Okinawa Minyo Kyokai Derek Ichiro Shiroma Kenkyusho

The Okinawa Minyo Kyokai Derek Ichiro Shiroma Kenkyusho is selling t-shirts as a fundraiser for a recital that they are planning in late 2012. The Chibariyo! t-shirts can be ordered by emailing Derek-sensei at urizun808 [at] aol [dot] com. The sizes available are: Children’s Medium, Adult Small / Medium / Large / XLarge / XX …

Yuki Chikudate from Asobi Seksu

I’m a fan of Asobi Seksu’s music (own all of their albums except for their latest, “Fluorescence”) and I didn’t even know that singer Yuki Chikudate is Uchinanchu! Bad on me. Bad. On. Me. http://twitter.com/#!/asobi_seksu/status/45277678147870720 Anyhoo, according to her tweet, Yuki wants to do a concert in Okinawa! Hopefully if this happens, they’ll stop in …