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

In memory of Hisako Faussett

Hisako Fausett
Dear Kenjinn Club Members,

Mr. Mike Faussett has asked us to notify our members as to his wife’s death. Mrs. Hisako Faussett has been our Eastside Area Representative for many years. He also requested that instead of flowers to please donate to the Hisako Faussett Scholarship Fund which will be administered by OKK. Hisako-san’s brother and nephew from Okinawa will be attending the services.

     Purdy and Kerr with Dawson Funeral Home
     409 West Main Street, Monroe, WA 98272
     Wednesday, March 30th at 1:00pm


Slide show


We ask Area Representatives to contact their members without email who may be interested in this information.

Thank you all for any help in getting this out to all our members.
久子 ファセットセットさんがお亡くなりになりました。ご主人のマイクから会員の方々にお知らせくださいとのご依頼がありました。彼女は長年イーストサイドの地域代表として奉仕さfれてきました。ご主人は久子さんのご葬儀の折にはお花の代わりにHisako Faussett スカラーシップ基金(県人会子弟のための奨学金) として県人会に寄付していただきたいとのご依頼がありました。ご香典も同様に同基金にご寄付お願いします。同基金は県人会が管理運営いたします。 久子さんのご兄弟および姪子さんが沖縄から参列いたします。

3月30日 1時から葬儀は上記のヒューネラルホームでとり行われます。




Tom Sakuma


Short-term host family needed for Okinawan college student


We are looking for a short-term host family for a 20 year-old female from Kita-Nakagusuku, Okinawa.  Nanami is studying at Ryudai to be a nurse.  She will be taking ESL classes at Shoreline Community classes for about 9 months.

Desired location: North Seattle (preferably near Shoreline, or anywhere accessible by bus)

Dates: Starting March 10 (Thursday), for about 1-2 weeks until she settles into an apartment.

There is flexibility regarding the start date and duration of hosting.  If a family can only host for a couple of days, or only start a couple of days after March 10, that would be fine too.

The family would need to provide three meals, or give her access to food so she can prepare her own meals.  A stipend will be given to the family to help compensate for expenses.

If you are interested in helping Nanami, please contact me in English or Japanese by email at perryb3000@gmail.com.

Best regards,

Perry Barnett

北中城から ショーラインコミュニテーカレッジに英語の勉強のために通う二十歳の女子学生が1,2週間アパートを探すまでホストファミリーをペリーがさがしています。 彼女は琉大の看護科の学生とのことです。どなたかいらっしゃいますか? 希望者はペリーに連絡して下さい。