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, July 7, 2010

Okinawan Cultural Events in the Midwest

You might believe that being Okinawan in the middle of the United States far from any ocean would mean that there wouldn't be anything happening involving Okinawan culture. Au contraire! There is lots happening around here. Here are some videos I put together of the 2010 Japan Day held by the Mid America Japanese Club. It was held on June 26th & 27th 2010 in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
A video of the Okinawan Culture and Foods Booths
The Okinawa Kenjinkai Children's Group Performance

Matsuri Daiko Performance
Our Sanshin Players

This weekend there will be more Cultural Events that have ties to the culture of Okinawa. First there will be dragon boat races held in Racine Wisconsin on July 9th and 10th. Here is the link to the event so you can check it out if you are in the area. Midwest Dragonboat Festival This event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Racine Wisconsin.

Then on July 10th, the Yin Yang Do Karate Association will hold their annual founders day on the grounds of the Kemper Center in Kenosha Wisconsin. The events 2010 topics include: Special Guest Shorin Ryu, UZA Sensei from the Okinawan Cultural Society, Tai Chi with Al Gomez , Judo/Jujutsu techniques with Don Jambreck, Patrick Weyand. In addition, we will kick-off the celebration with traditional dance and music from representatives of the Okinawa Kenjinkai from the Chicago area.

I will try to make both events and video tape them for the blog. Hopefully I will see some of you there. Mata yassi!

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