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VIRTUAL CARE PACKAGE
TIICHI (ONE)

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With physical/social distancing as the new normal for the time being, we wanted to put together these "virtual care packages" (inspired by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center) to share Okinawan culture and, most importantly, to brighten somebody's day.

  1. GAMES
    Okinawa-themed crossword puzzles, word searches, and social media games

  2. YUNTAKU AT A DISTANCE
    Okinawa-themed conversation games for seniors to play over the phone

  3. MIMI-GUSUI: LIFE SUSTENANCE THROUGH THE EARS
    Nourish your soul with these impressive recordings by Okinawans around the world

  4. COLORING
    Spend some time offline and imagine the colors of Okinawa

  5. UCHINAANCHU MOVIE NIGHT
    Featuring a 20-minute dramatic film about a father and son connecting through the ancient art of kumi-odori

  6. WATCH LIST (UPDATED WEEKLY)
    Free concerts, talks, short films, and more to enjoy at home

This virtual care package was curated by
the OAA Bunka-bu Culture Committee


PRINTABLE GAME SHEETS

NOTE: For simplicity, long vowels are not used in these word puzzles. For example: "Andaagii" would be written in or circled as "Andagi."

CROSSWORD PUZZLES LEVELS 1 & 2 - PDF (10 words each)

WORD SEARCH LEVEL 1: CULTURAL ARTS - PDF (15 words) CHALLENGE: Before looking at the word list, try to find as many Okinawa-related words as you can.

WORD SEARCH LEVEL 2: PLACES IN OKINAWA - PDF (50 words) CHALLENGE: Before looking at the word list, try to find as many island, city, and town names as you can. (There are also 10 hidden city/town names!)

SOCIAL MEDIA GAMES

Download the image below, fill it out, share on your Instagram/Facebook Story, and tag your friends so they can play too!

SMS This or That - Travel 01
DOWNLOAD IMAGE - PNG

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Shiisaa Phone

YUNTAKU AT A DISTANCE

Seniors are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, but they're also at risk of becoming socially isolated. We created these conversation games for seniors to play with friends/relatives on the phone or video chat (intergenerational conversations highly encouraged!). Our hope is that the Okinawa-themed content will serve as conversation starters and spark good memories! Text in English and 日本語.

CONVERSATION GAME 会話ゲーム - PDF

Instructions: Call a friend/relative and play together. Imagine that you are traveling to Okinawa! Read each set of choices, mark the ◯ for your choice, and mark the ▢ for your friend/relative's choice. When finished, compare your answers!

ゲー ムの方法:このゲームは二人で楽しむので友達か親戚の方に電話してパートナーを獲得してください。まず最 初に 「沖縄へ旅行!」を想像してください。次にそれぞれ1組セットになった項目を読んでください、そして自分にあった項目を選びマークし てください(◯は自分、▢は友達か親戚の方)。最後にそれぞれお互いが選んだ項目を比較してみてください。

Shiisaa art from illust.okinawa

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MIMI-GUSUI:
LIFE SUSTENANCE
THROUGH THE EARS


POLL:

Which Okinawan (or Japanese) songs have
helped you through this difficult time?


Okinawans around the world never cease to amaze us with their talent and creativity! Here are some highlights from Peru, Argentina and Hawai‘i:

PERU

Check out this uplifting rendition of「上を向いて歩こう」"Ue wo Muite Arukō" from our dushi-nu-chaa (friends) in Peru! This ambitious project was produced by the Asociación Peruano Japonesa (Japanese Peruvian Association). While "Ue wo Muite Arukō" is a classic mainland Japanese pop song, this version incorporates the sanshin and features several talented Uchinaanchu from Peru.

Do you recognize anyone in the video? We see Alberto Shiroma of Diamantes, minyō musician Lucy Nagamine, and John Azama (who we were lucky to have as a special guest performer at our 2019 Picnic)!

Click here if you cannot play or see the video below


ARGENTINA

As a staple at local Bon dances, "Asadoya Yunta" is probably the most well-known Okinawan song in Southern California. We've heard this song many times already, but did you know that there are countless recordings on YouTube that offer fresh takes on this classic? Here is a gorgeous rendition by Argentina's Dany Hokama who sings, plays guitar and sanshin, AND translates one of the verses into Spanish!

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HAWAI‘I

Finally, we have the chanpuruu stylings of Brandon Ing and Derek Fujio from Hawai‘i! Brandon takes the beloved and significant Okinawan folk song, "Tinsagu nu Hana," and seamlessly mixes it with a modern pop song ("7 Years" by Lukas Graham). Brandon, an Uchinaaguchi (native Okinawan language) instructor with the Ukwanshin Kabudan group in Hawai‘i, is also the creator and composer of the Let's Sing Uchinaaguchi animated lessons on YouTube and even recorded an album of original Uchinaaguchi songs (available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon)!

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Translation Credit: "Life sustenance through the ears" was taken from the title of Ukwanshin Kabudan's April 10th online presentation/performance.

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COLORING

The Embassy of Japan in Argentina (Embajada del Japón en Argentina) teamed up with Flor Kaneshiro, a third generation (sansei) Okinawan Argentine illustrator, to bring you this meditative watercolor painting timelapse video and coloring sheet! The adorable illustration includes mayaa (cats) dancing and playing sanshin, a traditional house, a gajimaru (banyan tree), and yanbaru kuina (a species of bird found only in the northern part of Okinawa Island).

Print out the blank illustration, spend some time offline, and imagine the colors of Okinawa!

Flor Coloring Sheet SMALL
DOWNLOAD COLORING SHEET - JPEG


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if you cannot play or see the video below

CHALLENGE: Create original artwork using Okinawan elements (sanshin, eisaa, karate, traditional kimono, design elements from textiles, etc.). If you would like us to feature your artwork in an upcoming Virtual Care Package, please email the scanned artwork to josephkamiya [@] gmail [.] com (Joseph Kamiya, OAA Bunka-bu Culture Committee chairperson).

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UCHINAANCHU MOVIE NIGHT

We hope that you enjoy this heart-warming family drama! The plot is fairly straightforward, but the details that set this short film apart are uniquely Okinawan: the familiar settings, the casting of local Uchinaanchu (including well-known classical instructors and performers), dialogue spoken in Uchinaaguchi (the native Okinawan language), and of course the creative use of kumi-wudui/kumi-odori to move the story and characters forward.

"The Path of Kumiodori"
20 minutes | Japanese and Uchinaaguchi with English subtitles

By day Takeshi works in a museum, by night he is a performer of the Ryukyuan performing art “KUMIODORI”. The balance between work and stage takes its toll on his relationship with his son, who wants to grow up to be just like Takeshi, that is until he unexpectedly meets incarnation of traditional Ryukyuan performing art “MARUMUN” who lives in the theater…

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WATCH LIST (UPDATED WEEKLY)

We've put together a list of concerts, talks, short films, and more to enjoy during this quarantine period – all online and all FREE to watch! We update this list weekly with new links and also promote upcoming presentations/performances.

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for frequent updates.

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