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Okinawa Collection

Just launched, this site was developed to assist scholarly research on
Okinawa/Ryukyu and provide access to resources in the UHM Library
Okinawa Collection. More texts and digital images will be gradually added.

logoOkinawa Prefecture
An excellent site for an introduction to Okinawa. View and download This Is Okinawa, a beautifully illustrated brochure.

wonderWonder Okinawa (digital archives)
Difficult to navigate at first, but rich with content on Okinawa’s nature, climate, entertainment, nightlife, and much more.

bondance-nightDancing Fools – Hawaii Okinawa Bon Dance
“We’re fools whether we dance or not,
so we might as well dance.” – Japanese Proverb
Watch videos and browse photos from past bon dances, and learn Okinawan bon dances with practice videos.

rmd-drumRyukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
RMD Hawaii is a Daiko culture club chapter of RMD, a worldwide organization with chapters throughout Okinawa, Japan, Latin America, and the United States.

yoh-logoYoung Okinawans of Hawaii
YOH is a club that welcomes everyone: Being Okinawan is not a requirement;
as long as you love andagi, you are welcome.

karakuibanner_spring08Karakui – an Okinawan Pop Culture Blog
Information about Okinawan pop culture, celebrities, music, films, and more. Includes new music videos and links to other sites of interest.

ShariAll Things Okinawan – blog
A social networking site created by Shari Tamashiro,
self-described cybrarian, geek, and Uchinanchu.

huoa-logoHawaii United Okinawa Association
HUOA is a non-profit organization best known for coordinating the
Okinawan Festival, held yearly at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki.

OAA-100Okinawa Association of America
OAA, based out of Gardena, California, celebrates its 100th anniversary,
themed Ichi nu Ichimadin (From Generation to Generation), this year.

wub-logo1Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association

The Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association-International
grew out of a conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The association’s multi-lingual format makes it possible
for Uchinanchu business people to contact each other easily.

DiscoverNikkeiDiscover Nikkei (Japanese Migrants and Their Descendants)
Interactive database, forum, and resource center,
promoting cross-cultural understanding while debating and
probing the question of “What does it mean to be Nikkei?”

IMG_0865smAbout the Okinawa Association of America
Shingi Kuniyoshi’s brief history of the Okinawa Association of America, Inc. for Discover Nikkei.

JonShirota_square_jpg_80x80_upscale_sharpen_q85Discovering Voices from Okinawa
Playwright Jon Shirota gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his play exploring
the dynamics between Okinawa and America.

l_chinen90_3_jpg_80x80_upscale_sharpen_q85Meeting Cubanchu “Cousins”
Lesley Chinen tells how worldwide Uchinanchu join Cuba’s Okinawans in celebrating their centennial.


Aman Nagamiyura: Uchinanchu Diaspora Blues
Wesley Ueunten presents a summary of “Okinawans and Their Global Networks” at the Japanese American National Museum on March 1, 2008.


The Okinawan Wives Club
Bobby Okinaka introduces a community of women, originally from Okinawa, but now living in Jacksonville, North Carolina.


Videos about the Ryukyu Kimono on YouTube:

Part 1 – Introduction & Bingata Dyeing

Part 2 – Textiles of Okinawa

Part 3 – Textile in History of Ryukyu

Part 4 – Revival in Postwar Days

malamalama“New UH Manoa center focuses on Okinawa”

A feature article in Malamalama about
the first center in the U.S. to focus on studies related to the Ryukyu islands.

KaLeo“Okinawans mirror Native Hawaiian struggles for identity”

A brief article in Ka Leo, the UH Manoa student newspaper,
about Okinawan cultural revival.

Japanese-language sites:

Katsunori-japaneseRyukyu Shimpo:
オキナワ系」世界へ ハワイ大・琉球大、米移民文芸集を出版

sumoDiscover Nikkei:


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