Florida Okinawa Kenjinkai

Florida Okinawa Kenjinkai


Is there any restaurants in Orlando area doing Soki Soba? I've tried making it but always a failure :-( . Many things I miss of Okinawa, but think Soki Soba the most :-)
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It's that time of year when after Christmas, we all want to start the New Year with happy thoughts, good friends, and families celebrating our cultural heritage.

Our Kenjinkai (group) is wishing EVERYONE a prosperous New Year.

This is an informal family style celebration (gathering) with good food, good friends, Okinawan music and some dancing. If you have a favorite "something" bring it and share it!

An education oriented cultural club located in Milton, FL advancing Okinawan heritage through dance,


Please come & enjoy our festival.


Getting ready for the Pensacola ObonFest on September 2nd! Michiko Frith Kiki Higa Teresa Burgess


Florida Okinawa Kenjinkai
General Meeting
Sunday, August 13, 2023
1:30 PM at the Milton Garden Club
Prepping for ObonFest! Join us!

19 Most Common Okinawa Family Names - Japan Truly 06/15/2023

Have you ever wondered what most common family names are in Okinawa?

19 Most Common Okinawa Family Names - Japan Truly Here are the most common Okinawa family names to check out!

Photos from Florida Okinawa Kenjinkai's post 04/02/2023

Thank you to our Kenjinkai performers for showcasing your talent at the Santa Rosa All County Youth Art Exhibition!

Photos from Florida Okinawa Kenjinkai's post 03/25/2023

Our Gajimarukai Folk Dancers will be performing at the All County Youth Arts Festival on Saturday, April 1st at 11am. Please come join in the festivities.

Photos from Shima Playlist's post 02/14/2023

Some if you may be interested in this lottery to purchase items from the Okinawa Prefectural Museum.


沖縄県立芸術大学 第33回琉球芸能定期公演 02/12/2023

A few months ago, Okinawa’s Prefectural University held a recital. Enjoy

沖縄県立芸術大学 第33回琉球芸能定期公演 2022年10月1日(土)14時沖縄県立芸術大学奏楽堂ホール


Not everyone stayed before getting around to taking our traditional group picture. Otherwise, it would have been twice as large.

If you want to share pictures that you took, please submit them here in the comments or send it to us via messenger & we will add it to the page album.



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Okinawans always end their celebrations with a Kachashi dance where everyone joins in a group happy dance. It doesn't matter if you don't know how. We encourage everyone to share in the joy by getting up & moving to the beat of the music and waving their hands in the air.

Our way of sharing our good times and joy with others.

Thank you for coming!


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"Okinawa ni Koish*tara"
A creative dance by
FLOK Folk Dancers:
Keiko Palumbo
Asako Morton
Akiko Kellogg
Minority Doyle

The song says, "Come to Okinawa and Fall in Love with Okinawa".


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Mitsuki Farsky
Sho no Ryu - Tokyo certified professional sensei

Kiyoshi no Zudoko


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Emerald Coast Okinawa
Eisa Drummers & Martial Artists performing at the 2023 Lunar New Year Celebrations today 2/4/2023


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Mitsuki (Farsky)
Sho no Ryu (Tokyo)certified professional sensei dancing
Furyu Mizugeshiki.

Refer to previous upload #1 with program description.


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Photos from Florida Okinawa Kenjinkai's post 02/05/2023

Upload # 2 for our NY Celebtations...

We encourage attendees to join in on the fun.

Photos from Florida Okinawa Kenjinkai's post 02/05/2023

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Our Lunar New Year Celebration today was wonderful! We had over a hundred in attendance with standing room only for a while.

We want to thank each and every person who attended to share in the celebrations. Hope you enjoyed the food, the performances & the friendly welcome. Here are a few pictures that we have collected already.

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Community celebrates Japanese New Year in Pensacola | Photos 01/23/2023

Check out some of our Kenjinkai members performing at the JAS New Year Celebration this past Saturday. We're so proud of them!

Community celebrates Japanese New Year in Pensacola | Photos The community celebrated during the Japanese New Year Celebration at The Wright Place in Downtown Pensacola. The celebration included food, vendors, martial arts and Sumo demonstrations and the Matsuriza Taiko Drum performance.



Happy New Year from Okinawa 😁!! (Lunar Calendar)

Have a great year!

Photos from Florida Okinawa Kenjinkai's post 01/21/2023

Today is the Japan America Society's New Year Celebrations. Florida Okinawa Kenjinkai will be at the event selling kimonos. Our Kenjinkai members play an integral part in the planning & ex*****on of this event. For those who can come, please do and enjoy what has been planned for you.

App designed to read cursive characters in old Japanese documents set for debut - The Mainichi 01/12/2023

Wow! This app is pretty interesting.

App designed to read cursive characters in old Japanese documents set for debut - The Mainichi OSAKA -- A smartphone app that enables users to decipher ancient Japanese documents written mainly in cursive characters from the Edo period (1603-186

Photos from Okinawa Designed T-Shirts's post 12/31/2022

Okinawa in Christmas splendor.


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁 🎄


Furisode fashion show by Okinawa International University students = 11th, Chatan town (provided)

 The Chiyoda Bridal House Winter Festa in Chatan was recently held at the Chiyoda Bridal House Chatan store, and a furisode fashion show planned by students of Professor Masaki Miyamori's seminar at the Department of Business Systems at Okinawa International University was held. Part of a project jointly promoted by companies and students.

 The students conducted a survey of more than 100 students to find out how to make furisode and hak**a more familiar to young people. Based on the survey results, we used SNS, held exhibitions in commercial facilities and on campus, and held fashion shows with students as models. A 20-year-old student recalled, "From the questionnaire, I could see that people had an image that k**a were expensive, so I focused on the price aspect."

 Hiromi Motoda, vice president of Chiyoda Bridal House, pointed out that there is a growing sense that people don't have to wear furisode and hak**a at coming-of-age ceremonies and graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus pandemic. She said, "When my friends and people of the same generation wear it, I feel like I want to wear it."
 (Eriko Tamaki)


Mark your calendars - the 8th annual Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP) event is coming up!

Join us on Saturday, December 3rd at the Blue Angels Atrium at the National Naval Aviation Museum for some fantastic speakers! A reception will follow on the USS Cabot flight deck.

Please check NAS Pensacola access procedures for information on how to access the base at navalaviationmuseum.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

Photos from Treasures of Okinawa's post 11/22/2022
Waves Across Time: Traditional Music and Dance of Okinawa - Lecture 11/14/2022

Educational lecture about Okinawan dances & music.

Waves Across Time: Traditional Music and Dance of Okinawa - Lecture A pre-performance lecture led by Dr. James Rhys Edwards. In 2015, he received his doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles...

Discover Okinawa’s Indigenous Horses | VISIT OKINAWA JAPAN | Official Okinawa Travel Guide 11/08/2022

Did you know that there are indigenous horses on Okinawa?

"The Yonaguni pony is one of eight horse breeds native to Japan. It is also known as the shima uma (literally “island horse”) or Ryukyu horse."

Discover Okinawa’s Indigenous Horses | VISIT OKINAWA JAPAN | Official Okinawa Travel Guide The Yonaguni Pony Society is here to help visitors learn about Okinawa’s adorable indigenous ponies.

7thWUF Survey 11/07/2022

Okinawa Prefectural Government needs your input for reviewing their 7th Worldwide Uchinanachu Festival. Here is their survey request...

"Hello, please excuse me for contacting you at such short notice. I am contacting you to ask a favor. I would like to ask everyone in Florida who attended the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival to please cooperate with the Okinawa Prefectural Government's official survey. Not only those who came to Okinawa, but also those who participated in the festival online would be very grateful if you could answer the questionnaire. It will be an important source of information for budgeting for the next festival. If you answer the survey, you will be able to download a special festival wallpaper. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in spreading the word.

7thWUF Survey ▼▼ お使いの言語を選んでください ▼▼ Please select a language. Por favor, selecione seu idioma. Por favor, seleccione su idioma.

Okinawa's Big Homecoming | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News 11/02/2022


Okinawa's Big Homecoming | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News Thousands worldwide can trace their roots to Japan's southern prefecture. About every 5 years, they're invited to celebrate what it means to be 'Uchinanchu'.

Photos from Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu|在ホノルル総領事館's post 10/30/2022


Great video compilation of the Okinawan pottery.

Uchinaguchi Study Group (#1) - Special Topics - Channel Introduction (Okinawan Language 沖縄語) 04/14/2022

Thank you Kazuko Grantham for the link.


Uchinaguchi Study Group (#1) - Special Topics - Channel Introduction (Okinawan Language 沖縄語) This is the first video of the Uchinaguchi Study Group. (Okinawan Language Study Group)(沖縄)Each week this channel will cover an different Uchinaaguchi langu...

Japan to lift COVID entry ban for 106 countries including U.S. 04/08/2022

"...but foreigners with tourist purposes were still not allowed into the country."

April - June is usually the best time to book airfare to Okinawa for the Uchinanchu festival in late October. With restrictions like this, travel plans are still on hold for many people with some completely canceling the thought of taking a chance in buying tickets.


Japan to lift COVID entry ban for 106 countries including U.S. Japan plans to ease COVID 19-related border restrictions by lifting its entry ban for foreignnationals from 106 countries including the United States, Britain and France on Friday, the government said.

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Preserving Okinawan Heritage

Florida Okinawa Kenjinkai (FLOK) was recognized as a Kenjinkai (cultural club/group) by the Okinawan Government in 2000. The club was formed to preserve and share Okinawan culture with the people of NW Florida. In the USA, the Kenjinkai is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Annually since 2000, the group has performed, displayed and demonstrated aspects of Okinawan & Japanese culture in practically every school in Santa Rosa County, state wide & regional festivals, special events, social gatherings, retirement homes and at many celebrations.

Every week, the club meets on Thursdays at the Milton Event Center to practice dancing for upcoming events. Anyone who wants to learn can join us. There is no fee for learning any of our cultural practices. Many Homeschooler have attended our meetings.

Every week, the club practices Okinawan Sanshin (3 string “banjo” type instrument) and ancient songs of Okinawa and Japan. Many songs are in Uchinaguchi (Okinawan native language). Anyone wanting to learn or simply experiment with the sanshin are welcome.

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