Champuru featured on Channel808’s bon dance video

Champuru.net: I was recently interviewed by Melissa Chang of Nonstop Honolulu / Hawaii IRL to talk about bon dancing. David, president of the Young Okinawans of Hawaii, and I had a great time chatting with Melissa. Enjoy! There are a couple of videos up so be sure to check out Channel808’s YouTube channel. And so …

Oriental Faddah and Son

A smile. Whenever I pick up Lee Tonouchi’s Oriental Faddah and Son, I can’t help but smile. The book’s cover is nicely designed and at 152 pages, it should be a fast read (compared to the 925 pages in Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 which I’m also reading) but in reality, it’s not because I often find …

Harry Seisho Nakasone

Harry Seisho Nakasone, a Honolulu resident who studied in Japan and became a master of classical Okinawan music, died March 19 in Honolulu. He was 99. Nakasone was a grand master of classical uta-sanshin, in which the artist sings and plays the three-string instrument that is Okinawa’s version of the shamisen. […] “He is well-respected …

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 …

[Updated] “The trends and directions of Okinawan studies in Hawaii” by Mamoru Akamine

[Updated: Room has been changed to #2118.] September 25, 2009 “The trends and directions of Okinawan studies in Hawaii” by Professor Mamoru Akamine of the University of the Ryukyus. The noon seminar will be held at John A. Burns Hall Rm. 3012 2118, University of Hawaii at Manoa. (Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)

COS Lecture Series 10/1/09 & 10/2/09

Professor Masahide Ishihara will be our first speaker with two different presentation on October 1st and 2nd. Both presentation will be held in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) at 3:00 pm. Professor Ishihara is a linguist at the University of the Ryukyus. More information on his talk to follow in the coming weeks. October …

COS Lecture Series: “Introducing the International Institute for Okinawan Studies at the University of the Ryukyus”

The International Institute for Okinawan Studies (IIOS) was established on April 1, 2009 at the University of the Ryukyus. It is a research institute that brings together all of the different disciplines focusing on Okinawan Studies at the University of the Ryukyus. Professor Katsunori Yamazato is the inaugural Director of IIOS. Join us as Professor …

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 …

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 …