Here are some special announcements for Ukwanshin concerning upcoming workshops and events.
*Shimakutuba Gakumun Kai*
Tonight at 7pm.Jikoen, Lumbini preschool room. We have Masahi Sakihara form Okinawa visiting with us tonight. He is the co-producer of the Okinawa/English Okinawa language textbook with Karimata shinshi from University of the Ryukyus. Please come and join us. Shimakutuba mi-manti, shimakutuba katayabira!
*Okinawa Cooking Class/ Uchinaa Gwacchi Gakumun Kai
We will be holding our first Okinawa cooking class on the first Saturday of next month (April 2nd 10am) at Jikoen Hall. Cost for the session will be $25. We will be doing Ashitibichi, or pig’s feet soup. We may also slip in another easy dish if time permits. Please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your space. Space is limited.
Okinawa Gakumun Tour
Last chance to join our Okinawa study tour (May30-June 9). We will need to be ticketed by the last week of this month in order to avoid the airfare, gas hike in April, so please contact us as soon as possible. We are planning a few seminar discussions with local Okinawa community, Yaeyama trip guided by an expert in Yaeyama culture, visit to places not accessible by tour busses, and much more. If you would like to join us please send your name as appears on passport, date of birth, and ANA,United or Continental mileage number.
Japan Earthquake/ Tsunami
We send our prayers and aloha to those affected in the Japan disasters. We have a few Ukwanshin friends in Tokyo and outlying areas affected by the quake and have been in touch with them. The Ryukyu University professors who were here last week were also caught in the earthquake as they were waiting to catch their flight to Okinawa on the way home from here, but they are home safe after spending a stressful night in Osaka.
These unfortunate events and visions of death and suffering streaming over TV and internet, brings us to realize that we are so dependent on modern technology, work, transportation, etc, but all material things that we have can one day be taken away form us and we would be left with nothing in a minute. What people are left with in times of these are our family and friends who share the concern and love to help get through. This is like how Okinawans survived the war. I also thought as I worried about the university professors, the words of “Danju Kariyushi”. The real feeling hit me as I realized that we take so much for granted now as we travel, that sending or seeing someone off on a trip has become something taken fro granted. Our ancestors chanted and sang with their hearts to send off and wish a safe trip and return. I realized that although we now have some of the safest and reliable transportation, there are things we have no control over, such as tsunami and earthquakes that could separate us from friends and loved ones, or loose them forever. It is good to take time and think about what is happening now as a lesson to bring us back to our roots and foundations. Never let that inner part of us be lost so we can always be able to share our aloha and pass on our traditions.