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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Make up practice

Today was a make-up lesson day. The make-up in the photo is for the character of a young boy in Okinawan dance. The photo is the middle of process, not completed version.

Okinawan dance make-up applies thicker eye shadow, compared to Japanese Kabuki dance make-up.

Each character has different make-up; for example, a man's character in Okinawan dance applies darker foundation and dark lipstick. Eyebrows are one of the most important feature expressing character; in a male character, the eyebrows are thicker than they are for woman.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Junko's Brunch Talk

Today, my 5-minute cooking for brunch is Papaya and beef sautee, with tofu and green nappa miso soup. I used Kikkoman Thai Style Peanut Sauce (a slightly spicy stir-fry and dipping source) and light soy sauce for the seasoning of the Papaya sautee. It was deleeecious!

One of my students will visit my home this afternoon, and we will shoot some photos for the program of one of the upcoming spring festivals in which we will participate. I will teach her how to do her make-up and the proper way to wear her costume.



Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Bag

I created a new bag yesterday and would like to show you a photo of it.

The style of the bag is called Bamboo Hobo. It is so beautiful that I definitely will carry one myself!
Please check my website later for the details of the bag.

I visited a fabric store on Long Island yesterday but couldn't find anything I liked, so I came home and created the hobo bag with my Nishijin fabric whichi is "Amazing !" 
Today I also taught a dance class. I'm a woman with many passions! 
I wish I could create stage costumes with Nishijin Ori, but it's just too complicated (sigh), so I guess I'll keep on sewing those handbags.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Today's Junko's Brunch Talk

Yesterday's dance lessons at Resobox was full of joy. I can't believe I have so much fun dancing with my students.

I am teaching three days a week lately, including two students that come to my home and take private lessons. We all practicing to perform at the Spring Cherry Blossom festivals.

This year, we will specially perform a piece titled Shoshun No Mai (a dance for early Spring) while carrying Cherry flowers in one hand. This dance piece was originally created by Master Nosho Sensei of the Nosho-Kai Ryukyu Dance School to celebrate the Spring time.

Today, my brunch menu also took only 5 minutes to cook. The turkey omelette with green pepper turned out to be a bit over-cooked and weirdly shaped, but it was tasty with a potato-and-tomato miso soup and brown rice.

I like simple meals, both to cook and to eat.


My favorite Okinawan song of the day:
Ms. Keiko Higa who is one of four sisters of "Deigo Musume" folk group, organizes a new folk group called Shu-Bi-Zu:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Junko's typical brunch menu

I turned off the heat and opned the windows of my study room today. Nice day, isn't it?

This is my typical brunch, which takes only 5 minutes to prepare.
This is a typical healthy meal, like we eat in Okinawa. I used to eat a vegetable Champuru dish each day when I was growing up in Okinawa.
Today's menu is Japanese soft rice and a mixed vegetable fry with Tofu, tuna, cabbage and green leaks. I mixed them together and sauteed them in olive oil, with only sea salt as a seasoning.


Cherry Blossom Report Part II

Hi, Happy Lunar New Year!!

In Okinawa, we celebrate Lunar New Year this week and the Cherries are blossoming now in Okinawa, please check out the image of Cherry Blossom in Yae Dake here:
Okinawa Cherry Blossom

I would like to introduce a song called "Sakura Ichiban" composed by singer-song writer Ms. SadakoTamaki. The song is about Hikan Sakura (a type of Cherries as you see in the video obove) blossoming in Yae Dake, Northern Part of the main island of Okinawa Prefecture.




春に一番先誇る 日本一の八重桜 緑豊かなヤンバルに アネ やさしい香りの八重桜
するて するて めんそり本部んかい
(Haru ni ichiban saki hokoru, Nihon i-chi no Yae sakura ,midori yutakana Yanbaru ni, Ane
yasashi kaori no Yae sakura, suruti suruti mensori Motobun kai)

八重岳登り見下ろせば 本部半島くっきりと 今も栄える道の道の島 アネ
渡てめんそり八重岳に するて するて めんそり本部んかい
(Yae Dake nobori mioroseba, Motobu Hantou kukkirito, ima mo sakaeru michi michi no shima, Ane
watati mensori Yae Dake ni, suruti suruti mensori Motobun kai)

I will demonstrate the folk dance for the Sakura Ichiban at the "Sakura Fest" event which will be held on March 14-17, 2012 at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC. (please check the schedule of the event at dance schedule).

Please join us on Saturday, March 17th!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Music and Dance from Spain

Tonight, I went to see a recital of Music & Dance from Spain's Golden Age.

Musicians at the Spanish Gate: Christa Patton, Baroque harp, bagpipes; Dongmyung Ahn, Baroque violins; Christopher Morrongliello, lutes & Baroque guiter, The New York Historical Dance Company; Dorrie Olsson & Kaspar D. Mainz performed.

In the Renaissance and early Baroue periods, Spain was a dominant European power, and a leader in explorations of new territories all over the world. Spain's empire, under Philip II in the late 16th century, extended to Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. This was also a time of excellence in literature, music and the visual arts.

It was the first time for me to see music and dance from Spain's Goldern Age, and I enjoyed their excellent performances. Bravo!! Bravo!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Bags

I am crearing new bags this week, and would like to show some pictures
before I will list them on my handbag page.
Please check out my website later!

The style of the bag is called Ruffle Pouch.

Nishijin Brocade

Nishijin Brocade

Nishijin Brocade

Chirimen Fabric

Chinese Brocade

Chinese Silk Brocade

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Year Dance Performance in Okinawa



新春祝い華麗に舞う 琉舞名人選、28人競演2012年1月11日  このエントリーを含む delicious  Yahoo!ブックマークに登録

Monday, January 9, 2012

Cherries blossoming in California

My cherry blossom report is starting today.
How exciting that this season has already arrived (although not in New York yet)! Today, I am going to show some pictures of cherries blossoming that I received from a friend in California.




Saturday, January 7, 2012

Kumiodori of Okinawa
















Friday, January 6, 2012

Collaboration of Henmen (Chinese Traditional Dance) & Okinawan Traditional Dance






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Monday, January 2, 2012

Yomitan Village to Promote Tourism with Karate

My home town Yomitan village is recognized as a center of Okinawan culture, which organizes and hosts for many international and domestic events including an International Karate Tournament. I am so proud to inform of the recent article that appeared in the Ryukyu Shimpo (as below).

This year, I will report on Okinawan culture in my blog as often as I can.

From March 2012 Yomitan Murasaki Mura will promote tourism with karate

From March 2012 Yomitan Murasaki Mura will promote tourism with karate
On December 16 at the Prefectural Government Offices, Shingo Kuniyoshi, Planning Manager of the Yomitan Kukuru Resort announces a tourism promotion model project utilizing branding of Okinawan karate.

December 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
On December 16 at the Prefectural Government Offices, representatives of Yomitan Kururu Resort Okinawa, which manages the Taiken Okoku Murasaki Mura in Yomitan, met with executives from four other firms and announced that they will commence a model project to promote tourism by building a brand that utilizes Okinawa’s traditional karate. From March 2012, based in Murasaki Mura, they will commence three projects including a company orientation program with karate, karate trial lessons, and a karate show in conjunction with Ryukyuan dance.
This is a prefectural 2011 industry collaboration model project and the total cost is 35 million yen. Thirteen employees have been newly hired for the project.
At Murasaki Mura, about 1000 people each year, mostly students on school excursions, experience the existing karate trial course. Collaborating with tour companies, Murasaki Mura wants to attract company trips and to increase the use of company orientation programs that use karate. On December 21, there will be a trial company orientation.
The story-telling karate show, which is based on aspects of the history of Okinawa including the Satsuma invasion and the Battle of Okinawa, is produced by a Ryukyuan Performing Arts producer, Michihiko Kakazu. Jungo Matsuda karate shihan master from the World Oshu-kai Kobayashi-ryu Kobudo Renmei, who instructs karate for the show said, “The show embraces the history and culture of Okinawa. There is a philosophy of accepting rather than defeating an opponent. I would like to promote this good philosophy of life more to Okinawans, Japanese and people overseas.
Toru Iketani, division director from Roots, which is in charge of the company orientation program using karate, stated, “The spirituality of traditional karate can be utilized in business. We would like companies from other prefectures to come to Okinawa for their orientation programs and hopefully help promote those industries locally. Companies in Okinawa may also use the program.”
Tamotsu Ganaha, director from Vision Project that handled the model project, said, “Although there is a difficult aspect to connecting tradition with business, using the karate show as the main source of revenue and appealing to tourists with the orientation programs, we would like to draw attention to tourism and eventually even attract people from overseas.”
(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody!


I would like to introduce a poem of one of the classical dances
 to celebrate the New Year!

Tuchiwa Naru Matsi Nu
Kawaru Kutu Nesami
Ichin Haru Kuriba
Irudu Masaru

Tokiwa Naru Matsu No Midori Mo
Haru Kure Ba
Ima Hitoshio No
Iro Masari Keri

The evergreen pine tree
Remains forever
Spring comes
The deeper green it gets

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We hope you have healthy and prosperous year!