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, July 31, 2010

St. Louis Okinawa Kenjinkai Arrives for Picnic

Last night we met up with members of the St. Louis Kenjinkai who had just arrived in Arlington Heights about an hour before we met them. They were pretty tired from the long trip but we all went out to dinner at Yu's Mandarin Resturaunt. I believe there was 14 or 15 members who made the journey. Here are a few pictures I snapped.
The dinner was good but we cut the evening short as everyone was tired and wanted to rest before the big day tomorrow. It was nice meeting in the spirit of Ichariba choodee. Even though we did not know them we felt the connection once we met.

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