Okinawa’s Tokusatsu Hero: Ryujin Mabuyer

“Ryujin Mabuyer (琉神マブヤー)” is a Tokusatsu TV series made in Okinawa. The 13-episode series aired in 2008 from October 4th to December 27th. The series will be made into a movie titled, Ryuujin Mabuyaa THE MOVIE Nanatsu no Mabui (琉神マブヤー THE MOVIE 七つのマブイ),” and star Shintaro Yamada as Ryujin Mabuyer and ISSA (from DA PUMP) …

Web: Ryukyu Golden Kings

I came across this website by accident while reading the latest Japanese baseball news from Japan Times and of course, it was the name of the team that caught my eye: Ryukyu Golden Kings (琉球ゴールデンキングス), a professional basketball team. I think their logo is rather cool too and will surely be picking up a t-shirt …

Film: “Minami no Shima no Furimun”

The film’s poster at Consolidated Theatres Pearlridge West 16. “Minami no Shima no Furimun” (also called “Furimun’s Paradise” or “Furimun in Okinawa“) is the 2009 directorial debut of comedian/actor Gori of the comedy duo Garage Sale. Gori, who also stars in the film as its main character Eisho (the furimun), also gets credit for writing …

2nd annual Okinawa International Movie Festival red carpet

This is from a few months back but it’s still awesome nonetheless. Garage Sale make an appearance but perhaps the largest excitement was when special guest Namie Amuro walked the red carpet. The Okinawa International Movie Festival is an annual event that takes place at the ending of March. Lots of great videos like this …

The OGsband “Chibariyo”

“Chibariyo” from The OGsband (from their YouTube channel) is really catchy. Here’s a short biography of the band via their MySpace Music page: We are 3 Americans that decided to make Okinawa our home. After playing in various cover bands here, we decided to join forces and start an original acoustic band. So far, so …

Shakespeare in Okinawa

Long a fan of HIFF (Hawaii International Film Festival), I’m happy to see a Spotlight on Okinawa for this year’s festival. Three films shot on location in Okinawa will be shown: “Gunjou (Cobalt Blue),” “Manatsu no Yo no Yume (A Midsummer’s Okinawan Dream)” and “Nada Sou Sou (Tears for You).” While the three films featured …

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 …

Video: 10,000 Person Eisa Parade from akanamr

I’ve much admired the photos taken by Myron (Internet-Okinawa.com on Flickr) who happens to also be a fan of eisa like I am. I hope the video taken by him of Naha’s 10,000 Person Eisa Parade is one of many to come. Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel to get the latest updates …

Order spider pizza in Okinawa – TOKYOMANGO

Spider pizza was featured on a Japanese TV show recently — it’s a real dish that you can order at a pizzeria in Okinawa, owned by the guy who runs an association that promotes insect-eating. I bet if you can get over your arachnophobia it’s crunchy and delicious. He makes beetle pizza, too. Um, yeah! …