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.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Japan Day 2010 -Midwest Shotokan Karate

Well this past weekend was the Mid-America Japanese Club's annual Japan Day event in Arlington Heights Illinois. I worked the booth for the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai performing in my capacity of Minkan Taishi. Ikuko Nichols and I displayed traditional Okinawan Folkcrafts and the Kenjinkai exhibited and sold Okinawan foods such as Andagi and Beni-imo. The day was not entirely work however and I was able to catch an impressive performance by the Midwest Shotokan Dojo. Shotokan is Okinawan Karate and the members performing were quite talented. Here are some videos I took of their performance. I am placing a link to their Dojo on my favorite links. Check them out if you are interested in learning Okinawan Karate in the Chicago area.

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