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.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Must Keep Moving!

Well it's 8am after being up til midnight last night. I've been working on the next edition of the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai's newsletter. My internet buddy Chucks story specifically. In November he paddled his sea kayak through the Yaeyama islands which is part of the Ryukyu Island chain. The story of the adventure is long as he spent several weeks moving between islands on his journey. I believe the newsletter will need to be the condensed version of his story and I will have to post the complete log on the Kenjinkai's website. I am including a picture with this post of one of the sea creatures he happend across on one of his adventures. Keep your eyes peeled for the next edition of the newsletter which should publish near the end of February. Also visit our website at .

If you would like to receive a free internet copy of our newsletter via email just let me know and I would be happy to send you one. Gotta go now it's Monday and I have to be at the Gym at 9am. Take Care!


  1. Hey Tom,
    That sea creature was off Dana Point, California, not Okinawa.

  2. Whoops. I thought it was Okinawa. I saw a couple of large sharks while diving in Okinawa so it really doesn't matter because they are were all in the same pond.

  3. All my Yaeyama pics are here
    Okinawa pics are here
    and here