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.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Asadoyunta meets Rock n Roll (Culture Clash)

In this post I would like to address the influence American Culture has had on the Okinawan people. Constant bombardment of Americanisms has assimilated Okinawa's youth into hybred island people. Not to worry though because being a family based society many of them still remain grounded and loyal to their culture despite the onslought of outside influence. I like the way they can incorporate their more traditional lifestyles and still express themselves in a more modern fashion from time to time.

I found this video and felt it was perfect for getting my point across. The video is very interesting to me because it shows the results of American culture and assimilation on the Okinawan people.

The song is Asadoyunta a song that I am currently learning on my sanshin. While I lean towards the more traditional they lean towards the present. Americans have influenced the development of Okinawa's youth in more ways than one can imagine. These kids are too young to remember the much simplier time their grandparents lived in. At least the haven't given up on their Okinawan heritage. I would give it two thumbs up!

Here is Dave's suggestion:


  1. Awesome! They really rock that song!

  2. Another rather unusual version of Asadoya Yunta is Blondie's "Magic"

  3. Very Cool Dave I have added it to the post for others to hear.

  4. wow. i used to listen to her back in 80's, but would have never imagined to hear this song from her....!