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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 7, 2010

Okay time to get more serious about this Blog


Okay Its been quite a while since I put this blog together so I guess it's time to bring it back to life. There have been many things happen since it was created and to tell the truth I just hadn't had time to maintain it. However I have now decided to change my perspective on life and have started trying new things such as facebook and now maintaing a blog.


For those of you who don't know me my name is Tom Corrao and I am the public relations officer for the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai. I maintain their web site at http://www.chicagookinawakenjinkai.com/ and also act as the publisher and editor of their quarterly newsletter.


This year I plan to do more activities and have started a weight loss regiment that will be more like a life change than a diet. I have been going to the Gym for the last month and power walking about 4.5 miles a day. Not every single day but at least four times a week. I have also started to eat healthy no processed foods for me...Thank You. I love to cook so why not. The results so far have been a loss of 16 pounds since the 4th of January. I am feeling much better and my stamina is up from where I feel it was a month ago. For a smile look at the belt picture I've attached. Still a long way to go but a new belt and pants should be on my shopping list soon.



Originally I started this blog to disseminate news to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai members. It was an idea that may not have been as well thought out as it should have been because it seems we have only about half of the organization that uses a computer. However I have noticed that there are now increasing numbers of young people getting involved and the plan may begin to work after all. Anyway I will put a link to the blog on the web site soon so that casual users or browsers may visit. I plan to include many things about myself and Okinawa. For instance I recently started to learn the Sanshin a musical instrament from Okinawa. Sort of a three string Banjo. In China I believe they call it a Lute.


Well thats it for today but I will begin adding content regularly and hope you who read this will feel compelled to comment. Have a wonderful day.

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