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.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Just to Make Things a Little More Clear

The purpose of this blog is to share different aspects of Okinawan culture with the world. This is my own personal blog and the opinions and content shown are my own. Even though I am the Public Relations Officer with the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai they do not have anything to do with the content I post here on this blog. The blog is simply an expression of my first amendment rights. While serving the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai I was appointed by the Governor of Okinawa to be a Minkan Taishi (Goodwill Ambassador to Okinawa). I am simply using the blog to carry through with the mission of the goodwill ambassadorship.

I would welcome input and content from any source on what should be included here in these blog posts and especially welcome content from outside the Chicagoland area. I am open-minded and will consider all suggestions. Hopefully this will develop into something that will more than meet the expectations of those who visit. If you like what you see here then please subscribe to my postings. I will remain committed to the cause and you will not be disappointed with the content. I believe that sharing what is in our heads is a great way of making friends and eliminating the stress of our day to day lives.

I also have a personal YouTube site that has quite a few videos on it from the Kenjinkai. While this content is nice to see there comes a time when it seems like the same content over and over again. I will be working towards trying to place new and original content geared more towards the promotion of Okinawan culture that promotion of the Kenjinkai's performance group. I will still place some content there from them but probably less than I have in the past. If you have some sort of video content that has to do with Okinawa and are willing to share it with me I would love to review it for possible inclusion into the two personal sites I maintain.

Here are the links to my sites.
Tom's Youtube Channel - Which may be renamed in the near future.
Okinawaology Blog - Look at the top of the page because you are probably on the site if your reading this.
If you are interested in becoming more involved with Okinawan culture visit the web site of the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai.

Okay, That's it I hope everyone understands the difference between Church and State! Time to go to the Gym. I'm following the Okinawa Diet Program and have to get in my daily exercise regiment. Nifee deebiru for your Time. See you tomorrow!

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