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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, March 7, 2010

44th Annual Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai New Years Party a Huge Success

Yesterday was the 44th Annual Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai New Years Party at the Midwest Buddhist Temple of Chicago. The party went off with very little problem thanks to the efforts of our Kenjinkai President Mieko Zukeran who successfully Orchestrated the annual event. The party is no small undertaking and even though it was her first year as president she handled the task at hand like she was a seasoned veteran. She sought the help of many volunteers who she convinced to come together to make this another successful event.

Chicago Matsuri Daiko Performing

I would just like to say thanks to everyone who made this party happen. Especially all who volunteered and those who participated in the performances. Your many hours of practice allowed you all to really shine! See you all again next year.

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