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OFF TO YAEYAMA 八重山んかい行ちゅん

O-RI TO-RI!Our third day in Okinawa had us flying out to the Yaeyama Islands of Ishigaki and Taketomi.  These beautiful southern islands of the Ryukyu chain holds some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and traditional images.  They love their culture and it shows in the surrounding and its people. We landed at the new […]

KATSUMI SHINSATO SENSEI EMBODIES AND LIVES THE OKINAWAN VALUES OF “MAGUKURU”.

新里かつみ先生(91才)や真心持ち、歌三線世界ぬ宝。来月二十六日に新里三線会の皆さんが先生に“真心”リサイタル、ハワイコンベンションセンターで。 Living in a humble home in Kalihi, Shinsato sensei is like a father and grandfather to all his students.  He started utasanshin at age 20, while struggling to make a living in Honolulu. He said, hearing the voice of the sanshin made him remember his time in Okinawa with his mother. Because he wasn’t […]

Ukwanshin Tour Day 7

Today we started our day at Shikina En, Royal Gardens.  This area was heavily damaged during the war, but was reconstructed to its splendor.  The quiet gardens and pond gave the feeling of going back nto time as you could imagine the royal family relaxing and entertaining their guests with the court music playing int […]

Washita Ichiman Concert Brings Young and Old Together

“Washita Ichiman” concert at the Doris Duke Theater and Kona’s LEAD Theater brought surprise and emotional experiences that went beyond the stage. Tomoko Uehara showed a side that most people didn’t expect, while Atsuko Tamagusuku brought the audience to experience her story through her animated dance choreography. Ukwanshin Kabudan brought the two cousins to Hawaii […]

Ii Sougwachi Debiru! いい正月でびる!Happy New Year!

The Lunar New Year is more commonly referred to as “Chinese New Year”, and was observed on January 23rd. Most of Asia still retains the Lunar New Year as their larger celebration to welcome in the Chinese zodiac representative for that year, as it also traditionally was also linked to prayers and thanksgiving for the […]