Due to the pandemic, the three 39th Miss Okinawa Iwamoto Kana (Sky Blue), Yamazato Hikaru (Cobalt Blue), and Shinzato Mizuki (Clean Green Gracious), looked to YouTube to fulfill their duty of promoting and showcasing many of Okinawa’s businesses and locations. Their work has paid off as they have grown their channel to over 2K subs since starting last June. Their videos feature foods and beverages that are unique to Okinawa (like the bukubukucha video below), visits to various locations on Okinawa, and several cultural activities like learning Ryukyu buyou (dance). They have also hosted livestreams too.
With over 100 videos and new ones being released several times a week, there’s a lot to watch and choose from. The timing is also perfect with the next year’s World Uchinanchu Festival coming up. What better way to find out where the most trendy restaurants and locations are to add to your bucket list. Their goal is to reach 10,000 subs so be sure to subscribe (link below).
Announced July 20 on their YouTube channel, i-Dushi will go on hiatus until they can meet again (Kana is in Okinawa and Naminami is in Tokyo). The pandemic has changed so many lives and especially hard hit are entertainers. This year would have seen the duo promoting their new album “Hope” with concerts and appearances. Although we won’t be seeing the duo together until then, they mentioned on the video that they have a lot of new songs lined up so fans have a lot to look forward to.
It was scheduled to take place on August 28 to 29 so many of us were happy to see the festival back on-track but on July 21 the organizers have decided to cancel it due to the pandemic. It’s sad to see it canceled again but it’s for everyone’s safety as the organizers felt that it would be difficult to take preventative measures. https://www.zentoeisa.com/news/21-151500.html
In the meantime, the film “Eisa Don Don” is still available for VOD on YouTube until August 31.
34M subs to his YouTube channel. 200M views since its release on June 3, 2021. Featured in a Ryukyu Shimpo article. “Yonaguni” (YouTube link) by Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny may have nothing to with Yonaguni other than the song title, but damn, those are crazy numbers. Sadly, according to the Shimpo article, although the song has garnered millions of views, it hasn’t brought any attention to the island. Even sadder is that online searches for Yonaguni (the island) will likely result in returning top results of a song that has nothing to do with it.
Announced on the group’s Twitter, Chuning Candy (Chunican) member Yuuri will have her solo debut with a new single (the photo above is the artwork). The new song will have its debut on their radio show Chunapa on July 22nd.
Saitama Seibu Lions pitcher Taira Kaima broke a 15-year-old Nippon Pro Baseball (NPB) record with his 39th straight shutout appearance. The 21-year-old right-handed pitcher is from Ishigaki and has also be selected to be on the Japan Olympics baseball team.
On July 7th Kiroro’s Tamashiro Chiharu released a new single and music video for her song “Inochi no Ki”. The song (translated to “Tree of Life” is about a sakura tree at the Yomitan junior high school that Chiharu attended and the MV features students from the school. The single is currently available in various streaming services.
Hajime Chitose is celebrating her 20th anniversary of her indies career with the release of “Tokotowa” on August 4th. The album will feature a total of 11 songs with a mix of shimauta and Amami inspired songs (includes two versions of her hit song “Wadatsumi no Ki”).
Campus Records is continuing their 50th anniversary celebration with new (their last video was more than a year ago) YouTube videos featuring full–length albums from their amazing catalog of shimauta and shimauta pops. They have also taken the time and indexed the songs (timestamps, artist name, song name) too! The videos are themed so there’s a collection of eisaa songs, hayabiki songs, etc., so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that fits your current mood. So open up a browser tab and enjoy. Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to their channel. 😊
You have until August 13 (Okinawa time) to submit your theme song for the Worldwide Uchinānchu Festival next year. Visit their website’s page for the contest guidelines but one that stood out is that the theme song must have lyrics in Japanese so sadly no instrumentals. Here are the theme song contest details:
In order to welcome Uchinānchu from around the world who will be participating in the festival, we are looking for a theme song that will enliven the festival pre-events and events promoting exchange with the citizens of Okinawa Prefecture. Please submit a theme song that will fit perfectly with the Worldwide Uchinānchu Festival. ・The length of the song should be no longer than five minutes, the lyrics should be in Japanese, and should not exceed three verses. ・The theme song should be one that makes listeners imagine the Worldwide Uchinānchu Festival and the charm of Okinawa.