Ichariba Choodee: Okinawan Voices & Stories

Mariko Middleton, Erica Kunihisa, & Tori Toguchi

Okinawan. Ryukyuan. Loochoo... There are many more names for the peoples of these islands. Hear the many voices and stories of those identifying as Shimanchu or Uchinachu -- celebrating and preserving our culture, connecting the diaspora, and proudly and humbly educating and learning along the way. Hosted by Mariko Middleton, Erica Kunihisa, and Tori. Ichariba Choodee is a beautiful Ryukyan saying translating roughly to, 'Once we meet or speak, we are brothers, sisters, family.'

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Join our co-hosts and new contributor Emma Anderson who will help guest-host future Ichariba Choodee episodes!  Stepping out from behind the podcast audio-editing role she’s been in, Emma shares her experiences with us as a gosei, fifth generation Okinawan and Swedish American, in this casual and laughter-filled get-to-know-you episode.  From her involvement in her local Kenjinkai, to her path playing Okinawan Koto in the Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyokai, to being a soul-funk Radio DJ... we are ippee excited to share the stories of another amazing Shimanchu! Karii and mensōre Emma!   And, as always, make sure to stick around to the end of the episode for our Okinawa fun fact of the day.

Nov 11

1 hr 4 min

Accompany co-hosts Erica and Tori as they talk with guest speakers Tadashi Andres Ysa Urbina and Andres Higa. Norly Endo is our English and Español translator for our first bilingual episode! We are grateful for Tadashi and Andres joining us because they are the creators of the Worldwide Uchinanchu Student Summit, World Uchinanchu Day on October 30th, and International Nikkei Day on June 20th. Learn with us as they share how they began their journey together and conceptualized W.U.S.S and how you can be involved in this international program ... and of course, we’ll end with our Okinawa fun fact of the day! Ippee nifee debiru to the Eisa Club of Meio University providing this episode's music.

Oct 15

1 hr 8 min

What is the future of hajichi? How does a shifting culture and identity of the Ryukyuan / Okinawan diaspora affect a practice such as this? Join co-host Mariko with returning guest speakers Co Lewis and June Owatari as they continue the discussion on the Ryukyuan practice of Hajichi, or traditional Ryukyuan hand tattoo.  Looking to the present day revival practices of hajichi, we will talk about the future of this beautiful practice, how it has adapted or changed, and what hajichi might look like in the future.  ... and of course, we’ll end with our Okinawa fun fact of the day.

Sep 14

43 min 48 sec

Rite of passage?  Protection from abduction? Markings that grant access to aspects of the afterlife? An all but obsolete cultural practice? Join co-host Mariko with guest speakers Co Lewis, June Owatari and Hilson Reidpath as they take a dive into the Ryukyuan practice of Hajichi, or traditional Ryukyuan hand tattoo.  We will look at hajichi historically, present day hajichi revival in the United States, as well as ponder what hajichi might look like in the future.  ... and of course, we’ll end with our Okinawa fun fact of the day.  Stay tuned for part 2 of this episode, releasing next month!

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Aug 8

1 hr 23 min

Join co-hosts Erica & Mariko for our second episode welcoming our first ever guest speaker, Brandon Ufugusuku Ing!  Brandon is a musician, educator, and Uchinaaguchi language revitalizationist. He’s also the creative mind behind Let’s Sing Uchinaaguchi and Let’s Speak Uchinaaguchi.  We’ll talk story, hear a little bit about his inspirations and his relationship to uchinaaguchi and Okinawa, ... and of course, we’ll end with our Okinawa fun fact of the day.

Jul 9

1 hr 10 min

Hajimitiyaasai! (Nice to meet you!) Meet your co-hosts Mariko, Erica, & Tori as they introduce themselves, the podcast, and dive a little bit into their uchinanchu / shimanchu identities.  We hope you will join us for this causal yuntaku first episode!  Yutasurugutu unigeesabira! Full show notes here: https://www.shimanchupodcast.com/post/episode-1-hajimiti-yaasai-meet-your-co-hosts-erica-tori-mariko

Jun 10

57 min 57 sec

Haisai and welcome to our monthly Okinawan (Shimanchu) podcast!

Mar 30

54 sec