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.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Book Recommendation - Sea Vegetables - Okinawan Home Cooking

Katsuko Kobashigawa Grigsby & Dr. Yurimi Michael Grigsby are members of the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai and have written me asking me to let everyone know about the book they have just completed together. It is a culinary book about using the traditional sea vegetables of Okinawa. The book is titled simply Sea Vegetables - Okinawan Home Cooking.

Katsuko Kobashigawa Grigsby was born and grew up in the northern part of Okinawa. She moved to the US forty years ago, got married, and has two children. She is a 1996 graduate of East Tennessee State University. She has also studied culinary art and paralegal fields from Walters State Community College. She is a sushi chef specializing in Okinawan home cooking.

Dr. Yurimi Michael Grigsby, Ph.D. has a diverse heritage with parents from the island of Okinawa and the Appalachian mountains. She grewup in East Tennessee and received her Ph.D. in ESL Education from the University of Tennessee. She is currently a professor at Concordia University Chicago.

The book can be found at the following link for those of you that would like a copy.

i ta da ki masu!

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