Following today’s “filmed in Okinawa” theme, a film titled “Karakara” will be shown on 10/14 and 10/15 at the 2012 HIFF Fall Festival.
From Kururu Vision’s website:
Wishing to find peace of mind, Pierre, a retired professor in his early sixties, ends up making a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa with Junko, a 40-year-old runaway wife. The confused intellectual would rather not get involved with this unlikely and unexpected lover but decides to follow his destiny, wherever it (she?) may take him.
The film was written and directed by Claude Gagnon and stars Gabriel Arcand and Youki Kudoh. What I’m most looking forward to is the film’s soundtrack which is by Yukito Ara of Parsha cluB (my favorite band) and the theme song is by SAKISHIMA meeting.
Say hello if you see me at one of the HIFF shows. 🙂
Top indie pop band HY’s “Ichiban Chikaku ni” is the theme song to NHK’s latest asadora “Jun to Ai” which started airing on 10/1/12. The drama is filmed in Miyakojima and is the first since 2001’s popular “Churasan” to be set in Okinawa. “Jun to Ai” stars actress/talento Natsuna as Jun Kano, who dreams of turning her grandfather’s Miyakojima hotel into a “magical place” for visitors, and Ai (Itoshi Machida) is played by Johnny’s Entertainment actor/talento Shunsuke Kazama.
The song will be included in HY’s upcoming original album (the band’s 8th), “PARADE,” to be released on 12/5/12.
Grits and Sushi is also on Tumblr. Cool. 🙂
Chinagu Eisa Hawaii is a local eisa drum group that I have been a fan of for some time. They perform a contemporary style of eisa. The symbol of the group is the kanji “kizuna,” which means strong emotional bonds. For the group, it represents the connection between generations of drummers, between Okinawa and Hawaii, between East and West, and the connection that you have with your culture as an individual.
The group formed in 2008 and first performed with their sister group, Naha Daiko of Naha City, at the 2010 Okinawa Festival and have sent students to train in Okinawa with them. Naha Daiko is a professional eisa group from Okinawa.
Saturday, September 8, 2012 (2:00pm and 6:00pm) at Mamiya Theatre
(via Shari T.)
Myron has new video up on his YouTube channel of performances by eisa group Churasa at Jusco (love that the URL is ‘aeon-ryukyu’) department store in Chatan. Cool stuff. See photos of the group shot by Myron on Flickr.
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 marks the beginning of Hawaii’s bon dance season. 🙂
Wonderful post about museums in Okinawa and a parent’s remembrance on the war’s impact on life during and after the war.