In 2011 from October 12th to the 13th the Okinawan Government hosted the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival in Okinawa Japan. This has been in existence since 1990 and occurs every five years. Uchinanchu means a person of Okinawan lineage who had ancestors who emigrated to other countries for economic reasons. These Okinawans many times did not return to Okinawa and began to take on cultural characteristics of the countries where they had settled. This resulted in many uchinanchu who were born outside Okinawa that had lost cultural ties with their Okinawan culture. The Government of Okinawa during these world festivals welcomes home these uchinanchu people making them feel welcome and giving them opportunity to reconnect with their Okinawan heritage. They meet family members that are sometimes generations apart during their return visits. This film displays the massive undertaking the Okinawan government takes on and shows the Okinawans care about their people and preserving their cultural ties throughout the world.
Please enjoy the film. The approximate run time is 42 minutes. All credit for this film is given to the secretariat and his committee who planned and organized this event and the production of this film to share with the world.