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.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Want to buy a Used Sanshin

Okay I know there are some of you out there that would like to own a fine sounding Okinawan sanshin. I know this because I am one of you. My sanshin, the one I am currently learning on sound very tinny to me. When my sister in law came to visit a few years back she even commented that if we were comparing her sanshin to mine her's would be on the quality level of FM radio sound and mine would be AM talk radio quality. Well this year I am going to the 5th World Uchinanachu Festival in Okinawa. I am hopeful that when I go I will be able to find the Sanshin sound I am looking for.

Today I was looking around in preparation for my trip trying to make a list of things I will do and see while I am in Okinawa. I stumbled across a site for the Bluefin Sanshin shop and was suprised to find that they have a very impressive website that not only offers custom made sanshins but also used sanshins. I am including the link to the site. If you don't speak Japanese
don't worry I am running the link through Google translate so they will show up in English. I'm sure there are others out there that may prefer to purchase a
quality used sanshin much like I might be doing. Please visit the site and see what you think.

Below is a short video of the type of sound I'm looking for in my sanshin when I finally find it.

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