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, November 23, 2011

The First in a Series of Playlists about the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

This year I spent all of October in Okinawa. While I was there I attended the 5th worldwide Uchinanchu festival where I was treated like a VIP due to my Minkan Taishi status. This presented me with an opportunity to capture some wonderful videos of the event from some prime locations. Please watch the attached video and enter your thoughts on how Okinawans will go all out to welcome home people descended from the uchinanchu people.

Visit my YouTube channel for more videos about Okinawa and its people.


  1. Hi! I´m Laura Onaha from Argentina, i was looking for pics and videos from the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai and i´ve found your blog, wich, by the way, is very interesting... and i have a question i hope you can help me with... do you know if there is any official video of the festival? made by the Okinawa prefecture or the people who have organized the festival... becuase i couldn´t find any... ( except for a short one made for a tv channel.)
    Thank You Very much for your time!!! Hope to see you in the 6th WUT.!

  2. This is the link to my You tube and the official video