Hai Sai! Welcome to my Blog.

Hello, my name is Tom Corrao and I am the blogger behind the Okinawaology Blog. I created this blog to share and discuss all things Okinawan. I’m also the Public Relations Officer and Minkan Taishi to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai. My experience with Okinawa is derived from the time I spent there during the 1980's and 90's (10 years) when serving in the United States Air Force. I've also been married to an Okinawan woman for 30 years now and have been immersed in many things Okinawan through both friends and family. I do not claim to be all knowing about everything Okinawan but I try hard and study the history and culture. I welcome everyone that is interested in Okinawa and hope that I can provide useful information to those uchinanchu that may be curious about their culture and heritage. I also welcome those who are not of Okinawan heritage but have experienced, or are experiencing, the islands culture while stationed there with the United States Military. Comments are welcomed and will be published as long as they are in good taste and on track with the purpose of this blog. My hope with this blog is to bring Uchinanchu people around the world a little closer to their cultural roots by expressing information that has started to fade in light of a more modern world. We should never forget our culture or the people who came before us and through the Blog my intentions are to meld the old with the new and implant knowledge that will help maintain the traditions and culture of an island people.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

44th Annual Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai New Year Celebration

Yesterday was an extremely busy day for me. Even though it was the weekend I had to get certain things accomplished. I work a rotating schedule at my government job and it only allows me actual weekend days off about every month and a half. I hate to waste these days off but sometimes you need to prioritize tasks you must get done. Yesterday my list of priorities caused me to sit in front of my computer for several hours in order to do some updates on the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai's web site and Get this Newsletter I write into draft form. I will be here once again today so that everything is in order and ready before the March 6th New Years party at the Chicago Midwest Buddhist Temple.

The plan is to hand out as many of the newsletters at the party as possible since flyers have already been mailed to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai membership. Anyone who is interested in Okinawan culture is invited however. The cost is $10 for non-members. The Party features a pot-luck style buffet meal and a performance of many different facets if Okinawan culture. More info on the party as well as pictures and directions are available on our web site at  Look for the link on our main page to the New Years Party.

I hope to see many of you there at the party including those friends I have made through my position as the Public Relations officers with the Kenjinkai. There will be representation from some of the surrounding states Kenjinkais' in attendance also. Here is a picture of a prior years attendance. You really should consider coming if you haven't seen everyone for a while or your're new. After all we are all brothers and sisters and we welcome you.

Okay, Got to go now, there's lots of work to get accomplished in a short amount of time! Thanks for visiting the blog today.

Here is a book previously recommended
to our membership by Sally Nelson. I've
heard it is a good read.

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