Next Meeting: 15 February 2017

NEW LOCATION!      One Ala Moana Condo

Address     One Ala Moana Condo                     Location    Theatre Room

Date           Wednesday  15 February 2017         Time           6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Parking       Park at Ala Moana Shopping Center

Costs           $20 for members and guests, $10 for Akisamiyo! members


Ryukyus and International Economy


The recent discovery of ancient coins at Katsuren Castle in Uruma, Okinawa shows that the Ryukyu Kingdom was a vital part of international trade between Asia and the West.

The coins date as early as the third century during the time of Constantine I, the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity, to the Ottoman Empire of the seventeenth century.

Katsuren Castle was built by the Aji (Lord) of Katsuren, Amawari (d. 1458).  Through maritime trade Amawari acquired considerable wealth and power.  He married Momotofumi Agari, the daughter of King Sho Taikyu (reigned 1454-1460), further solidifying his power.  In 1458, the King, discovering Amawari’s treachery, led an attack on Katsuren castle and killed him.  Today the ruins of Katsuren Castle is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Katsuren Castle

In the past the Ryukyu Kingdom was an important entrepôt (center of trade) much like present day Singapore.  An awareness of our Uchinanchu history helps us to escape the present day nationalist narrative which depict Okinawa as one of the poorer prefectures lying on the edge of Japan and instead envision an Okinawa thriving under conditions of greater political and economic independence.


Ancient Roman coins unearthed from castle ruins in Okinawa.Japan Times 26 September 2016.

Photos of UTS VI


Group photo - Uchinanchu Talk Story VI at East-West Center, 24 July 2016

Group photo – Uchinanchu Talk Story VI at East-West Center, 24 July 2016

UTS VI “U.S. Bases in Okinawa — Three Years Later” was a great success!  Mahalo to those who came and participated!  And Mahalo to those who helped make this happen!

We now have the photographs of the symposium and uploaded them on this website.

A new page has been added to the navigation bar at the top of the home page.  Look for the tab “UTS VI–Photos” on the bottom row.  Click here to visit the page.


Thank you to all those who have signed up for Uchinanchu Talk Story VI!

As of Friday, 22 July 2016, we have reached the maximum capacity for the East-West Center’s Imin Conference Center.  We will not be accepting any walk-in applications.


Confrontation in Okinawa

Things are heating up as mainland Japan police force arrest local Okinawan protestors.  Below are some pictures of a confrontation that took place on 22 July 2016.  This is happening in Okinawa as we prepare for Uchinanchu Talk Story VI in Hawaii to discuss the current situation in Okinawa, our ancestral homeland.


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Translation: People sitting on prefectural road scuffling with JRP near US Military NTA, photographed by Toyokzau Tsumura; Higashi Village, July 22, 2016, 0638am



Translation: Japanese Riot Police (JRP) fortifies prefectural road near US Military Northern Training Area (NTA), photographed by Toyokzau Tsumura; Higashi Village, July 22, 2016, 0602am



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Translation: People sitting on prefectural road being carried out by JRP near US Military NTA, photographed by Toyokzau Tsumura; Higashi Village, July 22, 2016, 0551am


Okinawa and the Security Context

In preparation for Uchinanchu Talk Story VI a new page “Okinawa and Security Issues” has been created.  Please click here.

This page is intended to complement the page “Three Years After UTS IIII — What Happened?” which focuses on recent developments within Okinawa since 2013.

People who plan to participate in the upcoming symposium are encouraged to visit these pages and to read the links to news articles and documents in order to be well informed on the issues surrounding the US bases in Okinawa.