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, March 29, 2010

Ohio Tomonokai Will Hold a Special Okinawan Dance Event on May 1st.

I know it's suppose to be food day but I received an email from Mark Fiedler who is with the Ohio-Okinawa Association and he had information he asked me to pass along.. In the email he asked that we help inform the masses of people out there who may be interested in attending an Okinawan dance recital. My wife and I will be attending this event and would urge everyone who enjoys Okinawan culture to try and attend the event. The show will feature two Living Treasures of Okinawa. Grand Masters Chie Tamagusuku and Shizue Matayoshi. I have attached the fyler to this posting in hopes some of you out there may consider attending. Hope to see you there.

Dear Friends & Supporters,

Invitation to Attend!

I have been asked to provide you with the attached brochure. As I’m sure your aware The Ohio-Okinawa Association is a non-profit consortium of Ohioans that have cultural or hereditary ties to Okinawa, Japan. The Association serves the Ohio community through its participation in various Asian festivals, charity activities, school, church, and corporate events throughout Ohio, playing traditional instruments, displaying kimonos and Okinawa dance.

This year the club will celebrate its 15th anniversary which will culminate with the Ohio Wesleyan dance recital. It is our request you circulate this flyer to your contacts, members and friends as appropriate, thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

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1 comment:

  1. Thomas: First of all, thank you for the site. As to the Okinawan people in general, culturally, they have very little to do with the Japaneese, who, by the way, brutalized them during the Japanese occupation. The Okinawans have their own culture and their own language. Unfortunately, they spent about 600 years under subjegation by other countries (read: China and Japan). Which leads to the "issue" of U.S. "occupation". It was always my understanding that as a part of the treaty ending WWII with Japan, Japan ceeded "X-number" of military installations on their soil to the U.S. Since they regarded the Okinawans so highly, they made a deal with the U.S. (read: MacArthur) to place the majority of those installations on Okinawa and to consider those bases as compliant with the treaty. To me this means that if Japan wants a base reduction in Okinawa, they must be willing to absord the same number of bases on the main islands as are displaced on Okinawa. These were also the fundamental arguments of former Governor Ota. I am pleased as Punch to see the various Okinawa Kai's efforts to preserve the language and the culture (as reflected in the traditional costumes, dances, and songs).