Ryukyu Cowboy Films

Billed as the first film (or in this case, collection of short films) with directors who are all from Okinawa, “Ryukyu Cowboy, Yoroshiku Gozaimasu.” looks interesting indeed. Although the film itself was released in 2007, it’s currently playing in select theaters around Okinawa and mainland Japan. The film is comprised of three parts, each with …

BEGIN’s Uta no Hi Carnival 2009

BEGIN’s annual free outdoor concert, the Uta no Hi Carnival, will be taking place at the Nishihara Marine Park on June 27, 2009. It looks like the lineup is set and will feature: All Japan Goith (Okinawa) – Ska Syakari (Okinawa) – Pop Emi Tawata (Okinawa) – R&B THE BOOM (Japan) – Pop Rock Shuken …

Want to join Okinawan Studies? Read on for more.

A new social network (started by Shari Tamashiro) is up on the web and I’m hoping many of Karakui’s readers will join in. The community’s focus will be on Okinawan studies all things Okinawan and is a great way to post blog entries, upload photos and videos, start forum threads, learn about new events, and …

Web: Ryukyu Minyo Ongaku Kyokai

Many of you may know about Okinawa minyo, but you may not know that there are many different organizations of the music in Okinawa and one of them is the Ryukyu Minyo Ongaku Kyokai, or RMOK. I’m actually pretty excited about this entry because having a large, traditional, organization like the RMOK build a website …

Rimi Natsukawa becomes an actress – Tokyograph

Newlywed singer Rimi Natsukawa is ready to make her acting debut. She has been cast in ‘Minami no Shima no Furimun,’ a movie starring and directed by comedian Gori of Garage Sale. The movie is Gori’s first full-length directorial effort. The story is a comedy set in Okinawa, where both he and Natsukawa are originally …

Yoshimoto Kogyo planning Okinawa film fest – Tokyograph

Last week, Yoshimoto Kogyo unveiled its plans to hold an international film festival in Chatan, Okinawa, next year. Known as the Okinawa International Movie Festival 2009, the event’s theme is ‘Laugh & Peace.’ It will take place on March 19-22. Among the works being screened are the 100 short films directed by Yoshimoto Kogyo entertainers, …

Star Bulletin features Hui O Laulima’s 2nd cookbook, Chimugukuru

To embrace Okinawan cooking is to embrace its holy trinity: pork, bittermelon and the purple sweet potato. The first and the last, not so hard, but when it comes to goya — that bumpy, bitter staple veggie of Okinawan cuisine — well, you love it or you hate it. (Link: Everything Okinawan on starbulletin.com by …

“LooChoo nu Kwa” coming to Honolulu

Our successful and emotionally charged production of LooChoo nu Kwa will be coming to the Mamiya Theater, on the St. Louis/Chaminade Campus on Waiʻalae Ave, in Kaʻimuki on Sunday, August 24th, 2pm. Tickets are $25 general admission, and $20 seniors (60 and over), students (12 and under). Seats are limited so buy early as we …