Uchinanchu Taikai meeting

Important meeting for those members attending the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival.  If you have any questions, please contact Tomo Uehara or your area reps from contact page.


ウチナーンチュ大会に向けてのミーティングの場所と時間を決定いたしました。以下の通りです。当日はパッケージ(Name Tagなど)やT-shirtの配布をいたします。Tシャツの値段については後日ご連絡いたします。ご了承ください。

場所:かわべハウス (221 18th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144)



Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club Members,

Please see below for our meeting time and location information. We will provide the package (name tags etc..) and T-shirt during the meeting. I will get back to you how much a T-shirt is in the next a day or two.

Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 2PM ~ 4PM
Location: Kawabe House (221 18th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144)

Look forward to seeing you and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Tomo Uehara

Kenjinkai Day


The 2nd Annual Kenjinkai Day will be held at the JCCCW.  Come learn about what makes the different prefectures and prefectural groups so special!   Find the event page on Facebook!  Be sure to invite your friends and check back for more details.

If you want to lend a helping hand, we could use a couple volunteers! Email Theo and let him know what hours you can commit to! Theob@jcccw.org  

Ryukyu Night in Tacoma




さて、今度の週末、9月18日(日)にタコマのAsian Pacific Cultural Center (4851 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA)にて、我らの誇る太鼓グループが「琉球ナイト」のイベントを開催いたします。沖縄からのインストラクターも来ておりまして、本格的なウチナーパフォーマンスを観れるいい機会です!ポットラックスタイですので、一品持ってきていただければ嬉しいですね!


日時:9月18日(日)開場ー午後4時 開演ー午後5時スタート
場所:Asian Pacific Cultural Center (4852 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA)



Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club Members,

Hope you are enjoying this amazing weather!

I would like to announce that there is “Ryukyu Night” event hosted by Okinawa Taiko Group this coming Sunday, September 18th, starting at 5pm at Asian Pacific Cultural Center (4851 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA).

Some instructors are visiting from Okinawa and this will be a great show that you DO NOT want to miss!! We are so proud of the taiko group’s dedication to introduce Okinawan culture and tradition to not only OKK members but our communities in Greater Seattle area! Let’s show our support to them!

I enclosed English flyer with this email for more details. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tomo Uehara
President of OKK of WA


2016 Uchinanchu Taikai Events sign up






Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club Members,

here are less than two months until Uchinanchu Festival!  We are getting some events information that you might be interested in participating.  I have attached a file that you can take a look at and see if you have interested in participating any.  If you are interested in, please let me know or area representatives.   If you are interested in creating a team for Gateball, then please do so and let me know by September 6th (Wed) as we need to submit it by September 7th (Thur).

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Tomo Uehara
OKK president



2016 World Uchinanchu Taikai registration deadline

taikai_mascotDeadline to register for the 2016 World Uchinanchu Taikai is fast approaching.  Members, friends and guests must register by the end of this month (August 30th, 2016).  Registered names are only able to attend the opening and closing ceremony, as well as receive a complimentary bus pass.

We can always remove your name off the list if you can’t make it, BUT we CANNOT add your name on the registered list after the deadline!!! 

So if you think you might like to go, please fill out simple form attached below.  Just your name and address is sufficient to get you registered.  Please ask your area representative if you have any questions.  We can also answer any questions at the picnic (August 13, Sat.).

taikai_collagetaikai_ceremonyClick below for registration form:

attendee list


Seeking focus group participants

This project involves research focus groups designed to evaluate public health messages that encourage adult children to take their parent to a memory specialist or doctor. As part of this project, we are currently recruiting male and female Chinese or Japanese adults with at least one living parent, step-parent, or parent-in-law aged 65 or older. This August, four, 75-minute focus groups will be conducted with 8 to 12 participants each at a convenient location in Seattle. In each focus group, we will share potential public health messages and ask participants for their feedback and input on how they might modify these messages to better fit their communities.

It is important that older adults who have dementia get screened and treated as early as possible – for themselves, their spouses, their adult children, and their care providers. Though this study is being conducted nationwide with African-American and White adults, as well as the LGBT community, we believe it is important to test its messages with Chinese and Japanese adults, as well. Particularly given the limited research on brain health messaging for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the U.S., bringing these voices into a larger study like this is critical to determining the success and generalizability of the study’s findings, overall.

focus group