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, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
|Note the round red sign in the front window indicating the cab is vacant|
|The Left rear door is controlled by the driver. It opens and closes automatically.|
Okito Taxi (0120) 21-5005 English Available (Toll Free)
(098) 946-5005 English Available
Meiho Taxi (098) 937-2467 English Available
Sanyo Taxi (098) 936-7027 English Not Available
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
|Okinawa Monorail Yui Rail ゆいレール|
|Okinawa Electric Trolley Car (1945)|
|The Yui Rail Travels Above the Street Level|
|Conductors are Available to Assist You|
|Purchase Your Ticket on the Platform|
|Put your Ticket in the end of the Turnstyle|
|Your Ticket Will Pop Out the Other End|
|Your now Ready to ride the Monorail. |
Have Fun and enjoy the Festival!
There are 15 stations on the line.
Station name Japanese Total distance Location
Naha-kūkō 那覇空港 0 km Naha, Okinawa
Akamine 赤嶺 1.95 km
Oroku 小禄 2.71 km
Ōnoyama-kōen 奥武山公園 3.68 km This is the stop where the festival will be held
Tsubogawa 壺川 4.52 km
Asahibashi 旭橋 5.33 km
Kenchō-mae 県庁前 5.91 km
Miebashi 美栄橋 6.63 km
Makishi 牧志 7.61 km
Asato 安里 8.2 km
Omoromachi おもろまち 8.95 km
Furujima 古島 9.96 km
Shiritsu-byōin-mae 市立病院前 10.88 km
Gibo 儀保 11.84 km
Shuri 首里 12.84 km
Other Okinawa monorail Yui Rail ゆいレール Information
The monorail is a business venture between the prefecture and a private enterprise.
How to ride the Yui Rail
- The first train starts each day at 06:00 and the last train departs at 23:30
- During rush hours 08:00 – 09:00 trains arrive at stations at 6.5 minute intervals
- The rest of the day trains arrive at station at 7.5 – 15 minute intervals
Regular Ticket (Futsu Joshaken)
Pre-paid card (Yui card)
Multi-ride Ticket (Kaisuu Joshaken)
Multi-ride tickets are another way to save a bit of money on monorail fare. These passes are good for 6 month after the date of purchase.
To buy a multi-ride ticket put coins or bills (Yui cards can’t be used) into the ticket vending machine and press the "Kaisuuken" button and then the station button. Muli-ride Tickets are good for 10 rides.
If you are traveling around Naha for the day and plan on using the Yui Rail to see the sights, an open ticket might be your best option. These tickets allow for unlimited use of the monorail for one, two, or three days for a set price.
To purchase these tickets simply press the button on a ticket vending machine labeled "One day open ticket" and then the "1 day" “2 days” or “3 days” button.
If you have problems purchasing an open ticket and need to ask the station staff for help here are the Japanese names for them:
One day open ticket: "Ichinichi Joshaken"
Two days open ticket: "Futsuka Joshaken"
Three days open ticket: "Mikka Joshaken"
God Luck and Have Fun!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Composer Katsushi Arakaki wrote the music and lyrics and Natchy (Whose real name is Nanami Yamada) sings the song. Natchy is a second year student at Okinawa Higashi Junior High School in Okinawa City. The song was picked from a total of 18 entries that had been submitted for the theme. Submissions were received both from home and abroad.
A press conference and award ceremony for the selection of the theme song was held at the Kenmin Hiroba in Naha on June 29. Natchy gave it her all when she sang at the ceremony.
Hidenobu Chinen, the head of the Executive Committee for the festival, delivered a congratulatory speech, saying that Nirai no Kanata was head and shoulders above all the other entries.
|Katsushi Arakaki (on the right), who wrote the music and lyrics of Nirai no kanata, the theme song for the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival and singer Natchy at the Kenmin Hiroba in Naha City on June 29, 2011.|
Natchy said, “I would like to sing this song to help convey all that is good about Okinawa.”
The lyrics of the song say, “Echo the soul of this beautiful island like a smile taught by a red flower. Bring a prayer from this beautiful island. Beyond Nirai, a prayer for peace for all eternity.” Nirai is the place beyond the oceans which ancient Okinawan people believed was the world of gods.
(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey）Tweaked a little by me.