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, June 23, 2011

Imagine Celebrating 112 Birthdays - カメさん112歳誕生会

Recently Kame Takamiyaki celebrated her 112th birthday at Daimyo nursing home in Naha, Okinawa. In Okinawa they celebrate old age and reaching the milestone of 112 was no regular birthday. Takamiyaki was dressed in a traditional yellow bingata kimono with crimson markings. There was a family gathering with the residents of the center and everyone expressed their birthday wishes to Takamiyaki san. 
Here is a video of the celebration. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone treated the old with respect? 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing. My husbands grandmother will be turning 90 in June, she is originally from okinawa.. would you know how to honor her on her birthday. I know there are Celebrations of Longevity - but we would like to give her or do something traditional for her on her 90th birthday.