The Nippon Gallery in New York will hold “Okinawa Art in NY” Exhibition from June 20 – July 27th, 2012. Artists include renowned Seikichi Tamanaha (painting), Yoshiharu Higa (photography), Michiko Uehara (weaving), and other Okinawan artists living abroad. There hasn’t been anything like this before in the United States, and Okinawan Art is finally receiving the recognition it deserves.
March 16th (Fri), 17th (Sat), 18th (Sun) 2012. Includes live concerts and conference about music and social media. Participating musicians include: Diamantes, Chitose Hajime, Misako Koja, Hidekatsu, Wei Wei Wuu, Marty Friedman, and [how lovely], Ryujin Mabuyer.
World CM (Commercial) Festival will take place in Okinawa from January 28th to February 3rd in Okinawa. French producer J.C. Bouvier first started this event in 1999, and it is considered to be the Japanese version of La Nuit des Publivores.
As an anime fan, I cannot believe I missed out on Okinawa International Animation & Contents Summit which was held on December 19th. The purpose of this summit was to establish Okinawa as the world’s contents hub for East Asia and introduce contents related to Okinawa through events such as symposiums and live concerts. Continue reading →
The 6th Annual B1 Grand Prix Gourmet Battle was held in Himeji, November 12th and 13th. The B1 Grand Prix started to revitalize towns in local areas, and it has become one of the most popular events of the year. Thousands gather from across the nation to participate in the event, as exhibitors or visitors eating different kinds of B1 (cheap but delicious) food.
For all the cyclists out there, an exciting event will take place this weekend (November 12th and 13th) in Nago City. Tour de Okinawa, consisting of Citizen Road Race, Citizen Touring, and International Road Race, will not be your average bicycle competition, but it will hold tons of activities everyone can enjoy as the cyclists ride through the most beautiful parts of Okinawa. Unfortunately, registration ended September 30th, but I sure hope to write about this more next year. After all, I definitely cannot miss out on the mama-chari* and unicycle races taking place simultaneously. Continue reading →
The 7th annual Tsuboya Yachimun Street Festival will be held from November 3rd (Thurs) ~ November 6th (Sun), 2011. Free pottery experience (lathe only) from 11:00 ~ 12:30 and 14:00 ~ 16:00 at Ikutouen (costs 1000 yen for firing), free admissions to the exhibition on the 3rd floor of Tsuboya Pottery Museum, bargain sales from 10:00 ~ 18:00 in all stores on Tsuboya Street throughout the festival. For events on specific days, Continue reading →