Want to join Okinawan Studies? Read on for more.

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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 to just hang out and chat with other members. Be sure to check it out!

Okinawan Studies All Things Okinawan (uchinanchu.ning.com)

(Nifee deebitan to Shari Tamashiro for the invite.)

Ryukyu Beatles, not an insect, rather, it’s the name of an album

Yup, Richie here at Karakui.com is a pretty big fan of The Beatles and it’s pretty cool to see their music redone with an Okinawan twist. The group of this wonderful album are calling themselves “Soul Gakudan” and they’re none other than Toru Yonaha (sanshin, fue), Kazunari Uechi (taiko), Yoko Onaga (koto) and Natsuko Morita (kuucho). (That’s Toru in the YouTube clip performing “Day Tripper” in Koza.)

The first pressing of the 10-track album—released on 6/18/08—comes with a kunkunshi (or kururunshi) booklet and is currently on sale for ¥2,000 at retailers like CDJapan.

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Track listing:

  1. NORWEGIAN WOOD
  2. TICKET TO RIDE
  3. EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
  4. YELLOW SUBMARINE
  5. OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA
  6. DAY TRIPPER
  7. MICHELLE
  8. IN MY LIFE
  9. NOWHERE MAN
  10. HEY JUDE

Lecture-Demonstration: “Ryukyu Geino: The Legacy of Kin Ryosho”

There will be a Ryukyuan/Okinawan classical performing arts lecture-demonstration next month on Sunday the 12th from 3PM to 5PM at the University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture Auditorium. Admission is free!

From the flyer (download it here in PDF):

“Ryukyu Geino: The Legacy of Kin Ryosho,” a free public lecture-demonstration discussing the art and teachings of Master Kin Ryosho, will be presented on Sunday, October 12, 2008, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the UH Manoa School of Architecture Auditorium.

Master Kin Ryosho, one of the last links to the classical performing arts of the Ryukyuan Kingdom, was designated a National Living Treasure by the Japanese government for his knowledge of Kumi Udui, the 18th century classical Okinawan court dance drama.

The program will feature short lectures by Dr. Kathy Foley, University of California, Santa Cruz and Dr. Nobuko Ochner, University of Hawai‘i Manoa. Dances and demonstrations of Kumi Udui will be presented by the students of Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, Lecturer in Okinawan Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and director of the Hawai‘i chapter of Master Kin’s school, Jimpu Kai USA Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho Hawai‘i Shibu.

Doors open at 2:30 PM. Seating is limited. Free parking is available under the School of Architecture building and on campus. Elevator for disabled guests can be accessed through the parking lot under the Architecture building.

This project was made possible through funding from the University of Hawai‘i Japan Studies Endowment and co-sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i’s Center for Japanese Studies and Center for Okinawan Studies.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)