Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ryukyu Shimpo – Okinawa Kenjinkai at annual events in Tucson, Arizona

Located in the southeast of Arizona, the state’s second largest city of Tucson is a resort city surrounded by mountains. This silver and bronze-producing region has developed as a center of the electrical industry. Tucson is also known for being host to the U.S. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the largest air base in the world. Many Okinawan women live in Tucson with their husbands who work at the base.

The Okinawa Kenjinkai was established in 1995 with 19 founding members. Seven members participated in the World Uchinanchu Festival held in 2011. Yoshiko Walker, chairwoman of the group, has now served on the Kenjinkai for many years.

The Kenjinkai holds a New Year gathering at a clubhouse as its annual event in which members perform ryubu or Ryukyu dance.

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