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, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
組踊 "Child 敵討 two" was performed November 19th 2010 at the Okinawa National Theater. It has now been added as one of UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage performances relating to the Ryukyuan culture. I found this by accident and thought it was so wonderful that I had to add it to the blog. The first video is an introductory to the four parts of the play. The following four videos are of the performance itself. I believe this is a story of revenge by two sisters that leads to assassination. If anyone can comment as to the storyline please do so to help everyone better understand, myself included. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy them.
The Kumiodori Nidou Tekiuchi Scene 1
The Kumiodori Nidou Tekiuchi Scene 2
The Kumiodori Nidou Tekiuchi Scene 3
The Kumiodori Nidou Tekiuchi Scene 4
I would like to thank the Okinawa Times for posting this on You Tube!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Here are some movies she writes about on her blog. Please visit Grits & Sushi to see what she has to say about them.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Hamachidori's theme is the desolation of travel and the image which runs through it is that of a bird known as the beach plover. The dancers wear costumes decorated with kasuri patterns on dark blue backgrounds and held firm without an obi in the Ryukyuan ushinchi style, whereby the kimono neckband is tucked into the belt of the undergarment. Long purple headbands trail from the dancers chignons. A feature of Hamachidori is its incorporation of flowing hand movements as used in the dances of Okinawan priestesses during religious ceremonies.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I could understand his point of view because, I remember as a young airman serving in Okinawa in the early 1980's, we would go to clubs like the Cannon Live House on BC Street where we could hear Japanese rock bands belt out tunes by Led Zeppelin and other popular rock groups of our day. The bands sounded exactly like the albums we had sitting back in our rooms but when you went up to the musicians after the show many of them actually spoke very little English.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
|Yes that is Habu Sake he's Drinking|
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
|Laura Kina "Cane Fire" Oil on canvas 30 x 45 in. 2010|
|Laura Kina "Oban" Oil on canvas 30 x 45 in. 2010|
|Kasuri (2010) oil on wood panel 30 x 45 inches|
|Laura Kina "Okinawan Tattoo #1" Oil on wood panel 12 x 12 in. 2010|
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
I looked online for references to waterspouts occurring in Okinawa and found that while rare they are not uncommon in the watm waters around Okinawa.
Here is a short video of one near Henoko.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
3 cups Goya Bitter Melon
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 block of firm or extra firm Tofu - Drained and cubed into 1/2" squares
1/2 lb cooked Pork or Spam thinly sliced
1 Tbs. Soy sauce
1 tsp. Hondashi or Konbudashi - Granulated Bonito Stock
1/2 block Organic Tofu (use Firm Tofu)
1 whole Bitter Melon
1/2 whole Onion
1 tablespoon Canola Oil
1/3 can Tuna
1/3 cup Bonito Flakes
Sea Salt to taste
Soy Sauce to taste
1 whole Egg beaten
1 pound Bitter Melon
3 cloves Organic Garlic coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons Light Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Salt
3 cups Goya (Bitter Melon)
2 oz thinly sliced Carrots
1 stalk thinly sliced Celery
Pinch of Black Pepper
6 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 Tbs. Grated Onion
Friday, August 13, 2010
|We visited in December so we had our jackets. Here we|
are sampling a free beer at the end of the tour.
Orion is Okinawa's top selling beer, and one of the top five in all Japan. Orion also has international distributors in Taiwan, Hawaii, California and New York. Orion is fondly known among Okinawans as the "beer of beers." Additional information about the factory is available at: The Orion Beer WebsiteOrion is a pilsner-style lager, which is distinct because of its use of Saaz. Saaz is a variety of hop found in the Czech Republic and the Hallertau region of Bavaria, Germany, which gives pilsners a stronger hop flavor than most lagers.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010