Okinawa Kumiodori Senshu (2 DVDs) (Okinawa Kumiodori Collection)
Kumiodori is the Okinawan traditional dance performed to Ryukyu classical music and dates back to 1719, when it was performed for Chinese diplomats visiting the old capital, Shuri. This DVD gives a guide to Kumiodori with eight songs performed by the best dancers and musicians from Dento Kumiuta Hozonkai (an association who preserve traditional Kumiuta). Released to coincide with the 40 year anniversary of the return of Okinawa to Japan from the United States. NTSC, Region Code 2
1. Kumiodori Nyudai 2. Shushin Shonyu 3. Nido Tekiuchi 4. Mei 5. Onna Monogurui
1. Koukou no Maki 2. Banzai Tekiuchi 3. Temizu no En 4. Yukibarai
Isamu Shimoji Live - Ataraka Tour 2007
Live DVD from the Miyako island singer/songwriter. Recorded on 3rd March 2007 in Okinawa. 14 live songs plus interviews with Isamu Shimoji and band members, plus film of studio recording.
Uta Damashii Live (Spirit of Shimauta Live)
The great Sadao China performing live in Tokyo, July 2009 , in support of his award winning 6 CD box set. China is in a laidback mood with many guests including two female singers, Yasuko Yoshida (ex-Original Nenes) and his protege, Kanako Hatoma, his son Sadateru China (ryukin), Keiko Higa (taiko) and Kotaro Takada (guitar).
1. Hantahama 2. Yama nu Hashini Kosji 3. Shirakumo Bushi 4. Nanyo Kouta 5. Yasuda Koshiji 6. Ashibi Kendo Bushi 7. Shikaraa Sanunaa 8. Yacchaa Guwa, Shuura Bushi
1. Urami no Arashi 2. Jintoyo Waltz 3. Tida nu Ko 4. Bonchanu Appaa 5. Irayoi Tsukiyohama 6. Paniiji Paniiji 7. Keehittori, Tiimatou 8. Shitagi Chidori
1. Hariku Yamakuu 2. Hatoma no Minato 3. Naakunii Yanbaru Tiima Tuu
Uta no Genba
Various live footage of Shisas shot between 1997 and 2003, and dedicated to one half of the female duo, Yoshie Uno, who died in 2009.
1. Hiyamikachi Bushi, Keibin Tetsudo no Uta (Tabunka Kyosei Festival - Tokyo, August 2003) 2. Chikutanume, Inashiri Bushi (Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri - Tokyo, July 2000) 3. Toichinsa, Shinkawa Kodaijin (Manda-La 2 - Tokyo, January 1999) 4. Urayama Rap (Electric Church Love - Tokyo, August 2001) 5. Yoochiire, Shisas no Theme (Star Pine's Cafe - Tokyo, February 1998) 6. Agari Kuduchi (Dogura - Tokyo, February 1999) 7. Umi no Sasakusa, Nakasato Bushi, Mamidooma - Kuichabuduri, Yakko Oodori (Okierabu, Kagoshima - September 2003) 8. Tokyo Ondo (Shinjuku Natsu Matsuri, August 1997) 9. Asadoya Yunta (Etsunen Live - Tokyo, December 1997) 10. Asadoya Yunta, Choshi Tairyo Bushi, Yakko Odori, Kudaka Manju Nushi, Suuri Higashi (Narita Toho Bon Oodori - Chiba, August 1997) 11. Okinawa no Doyo Medley, Don Don Bushi, Inashiri Bushi, Taramayuu, Komehiki Uta, Yakko Oodori, Shisas no Theme (Yokohama Kotobuki-cho Free Concert - Kanagawa, August 2000) "
Live footage of An-chang Project live in Taipei, June 2002. An-chang Project are Jun Yasuba (vocals, sanshin), Yoshie Uno (vocals, sanshin, taiko, sanba, dance), Natsuki Hattori (electric guitar), guests are Wataru Okuma (clarinet), Miwazo Kogure (chindon taiko) and Matahari Boys (dance).
The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan
1. Nuchibana 2. Ami no Honensai no Odori
1. Ndatara Bushi 2. Kimi wa Shiranai, Mandoko 3. Asadoya Yunta 4. Harararude 5. Kikaiwan Haku 6. Kuminu Shu 7. Amagoi Bushi 8. Rokucho 9. Sakanatori Uta 10. Miyakon Bito 11. Sungaa Bushi
1. Erabuyuri no Hana 2. Watashi wa Kofuku"
Noho Miyagi Ryukyu Buto Shu (3 DVDs)
When it comes to classical Okinawan dance, there is no bigger name than Noho Miyagi, a living national treasure. This is a DVD of Noho Miyagi performing Ryukyu dance, accompanied by singing, sanshin, koto, fue, kokyu and taiko. Filmed in 2009, 246 minutes over 3 DVDs.
Disc 1. Kagiyade Kaji [Rojin Odori] 2. Wakashu Kuti Bushi [Wakashu Odori] 3. Agari Kuduchi, Sagari Kuduchi, Maenohama, Sai, Takadeera Manzai [Nisai Odori]
Disc 2. Skuta, Kasekake, Amakawa, Mutu Nuchibana, Nufa Bushi, Shodon [Onna Odori]
Disc 3. Hamachidori, Munjuru, Kanayoo, Aki no Odori, Teimatu, Sunu Bujo, Hatoma Bushi, Hanakaji [Zou Odori]
Okinawa DVD Karaoke 1
Okinawa karaoke DVD.Sing along to your favourite Okinawan hits. You can select instrumental or vocal versions. 39 minutes.
1. Takao Nagama / Hana 2. Naoto Fuga / Shimauta 3. Shuken Maekawa / Pine Musume 4. Emiko Shimabukuro / Hoshi no Paarankuu 5. Emiko Shimabukuro / Yui Yui 6. Akimori Nakamoto, Yasuko Uarazaki / Juku no Haru 7. Emiko Shimabukuro / Arigato 8. Emiko Shimabukuro, Emiko Miyasato / Teegee 9. Shuken Maekawa / Choun Choun Bushi 10. Emiko Shimabukuro / Musume Jintoyo
Okinawa DVD Karaoke 2
Okinawa karaoke DVD part 2. Sing along to your favourite Okinawan hits. You can select instrumental or vocal versions. 37 minutes.
1. Kiyofumi Tokuhara, Chidori Miyagi / Seibumon Bushi 2. Katsuko Yohen / Naakunii 3. Kiyofumi Tokuhara / Kaisaree 4. Rinsho Kadekaru, Keiko Kinjo / Umeuri Anguwa 5. Chi-K Combi / Bashofu 6. Tatsuko Karama / Yuuna no Hana 7. Morinobu Taba, Aiko Yohen / Futamin Jowa 8. Naeko Seragaki / Unju ga Nasa du Tayomariru 9. Aiko Yohen / Kamado Taiso 10. Yasuharu Higa / Kagiyadekaji
Okinawa DVD Karaoke 3
And volume 3 for any Okinawa singers. 39 minutes.
1. Emiko Shimabukuro / Tinsagu nu Hana 2. Minyo Washigumi / Imo no Jidai 3. Shuken Maekawa / Kanasandoo 4. Minoru Kinjo, Yukiko Yamasato / Boshi Kumaa 5. Minoru Kinjo, Yukiko Yamasato / Nasake no Uta 6. Suekichi Matsuda / Bye Bye Okinawa 7. Aiko Yohen / Yui Maaru 8. Keiko Kinjo / Omoi 9. Aiko Yohen, Pine Musume / Asadoya Yunta 10. Kiyofumi Tokuhara, Suekichi Matsuda, Takeo Hatama / Medetai Bushi
The Power of Okinawa - 2nd Edition (book)
Second edition of the book written by John Potter. Guide to the music of Okinawa, with sections on the history of the music, features on some of the major stars of the roots scene and recommended listening, all of the CDs still in print available on this web site. The second addition has been revised and updated and includes some new interviews with Toru Yonaha, Keith Gordon of Ryukyu Underground and Tatsumi Chibana.
SEIJIN NOBORIKAWA, MISAKO OSHIRO AND OTHERS
Rinsho Kadekaru Tsuizen Kouen
Live DVD dedicated to Rinsho Kadekaru [1920-1999] by his closest musician friends and collaborators, Seijin Noborikawa, Misako Oshiro, Sadao China, Hirokazu Matsuda, Aiko Yohen, Rinji Kadekaru and Toru Yonaha. Performed in Okinawa city in November 2009.
Disc 1. 1. Rinji Kadekaru / Shimochidori 2. Sadao China / Urami no Arashi 3. Sadao China / Jisso Bushi 4. Aiko Yohen / Jugo no Tsuma 5. Aiko Yohen / Iken Ayagu 6. Hirokazu Matsuda / Jibitaa Guwa 7. Hirokazu Matsuda / Nagaribune 8. Misako Oshiro / Nakajima Bushi 9. Misako Oshiro / Hinsuu Birui Gwa 10. Toru Yonaha / Houtou Kuduchi 11. Toru Yonaha / Maikata 12. Seijin Noborikawa / Naka Zakei 13. Rinji Kadekaru / Teimato Gwa 14. Rinji Kadekaru / Hakuun Bushi
Disc 2. 1. All Musicians / Jidai no Nagare 2. All Musicians / Hariku Yamaku 3. Juku no Haru / Misako Oshiro, Sadao China 4. Rinji Kadekaru / Koi Katare 5. Hirokazu Matsuda, Aiko Yohen / Kunjan Jintoyo 6. All Musicians / Kachasee [Kadeku, Acchamee Guwa, Toushin Dooi] Encore. All Musicians / Naakunii, Yanbaru Teimatou
YOSHITAKA UEZU JIYO KENKYU-KAI, YUIYUI
Okinawa Shimauta Odori
DVD of Okinawan dance, especially popular dance for celebrations.
1. Medetai Bushi 2. Warai Fukui Bushi 3. Akata Sundunchi 4. Hananu Kajimaya 5. Shichiguwachi Deebiru 6. Ineshiri Bushi 7. Tancha Mae 8. Shiraho Bushi 9. Tosen Dohi
Matsurinchu Eisa 1
During the three day O-bon festival in August, families invite their anscestor's spirits to visit them in the living world. In Okinawa, eisa dance is traditionally performed on the third day when the spirits depart. The dance is spectacular to watch with the beating of paranku (small frame drums), joyous shouts and whistles, while the performers wear colourful costumes. With the establishment of competitions, eisa changed from being danced in local communities during obon, to being performed in front of spectators. Groups were formed from different areas to participate in the competitions, all with their own identities. This DVD features various eisa groups plus some kacharsee (folk dance). The groups are, Okinawa City (Koza) Noborikawa Seinenkai, Okinawa City Kamara Seinenkai, Okinawa City Sumiyoshi Seinenkai, Ginowan Ganeko Seinenkai, Okinawa City Matsumoto Seinenkai, Okinawa City Moromizato Seinenkai. Filmed during summer 2007.
Matsurinchu Eisa 2
This DVD features more eisa groups performing during the summer of 2007. Uruma Hirayashiki Seinenkai, Kadena cho Chihara Eisa Hozonkai, and Itoman Osato Seinenkai.
Matsurinchu Eisa 3
The final part in this trilogy of eisa dvds filmed during the summer of 2007 features Chatan Cho Sakaeguchi Seinenkai, Okinawa City Guiku Seinenkai, Uruma Akano Seinenkai, Okinawa City Sonoda Seinenkai. Plus kacharsee dance.
Shimanchu no Tabi 1 - Yaeyama Shoto; Ishigaki Jima, Kohama Jima, Kuroshima
Guide to the Okinawan islands. Beautifully filmed, Hi-vision, the best places to visit, beaches, restaurants, cultural and historical places of interest. This one is of the islands of the Yaeyama shoto; Ishigkaki, Kohama, Ishigaki and Kuro. Some of the remotest islands of Japan, far closer to Taiwan than either Okinawa or the main island of Japan.
Shimanchu no Tabi 2 - Yaeyama Shoto; Taketomi Jima, Iriomote Jima, Hatoma Jima
DVD guide to other islands of Yaeyama, with the best places to visit, and other points of interest. This one is is of Taketomi, Iriomote and Hatoma.
Shimanchu no Tabi 3 - Around Miyako Jima (Irabe Jima, Miyako Jima, Kume Jima)
DVD guide, beautifully filmed in Hi-vision of Miyako island and surrounding islands of Irabe and Kume.
Shimanchu no Tabi 4 - Yaeyama Shoto; Yonaguni Jima, Hateruma Jima, (Westernmost and Southernmost Islands)
The final part of the guide to the Yaeyama chain is of the southermost and westernmost islands of not just Yaeyama or Okinawa but of Japan, Hateruma (southern) and Yonaguni (western).
Suranchu no Tabi - Aoi Tsubasa Vol. 1
Excellent DVD, filmed in Hi-vision from a motor paraglider, of the most beautiful beaches and capes in Okinawa. Hyakuna Beach, Niibaru Beach, Ohu-jima, Ohdo Kaigan, Heiwa Kinen Koen, Kyan Misaki, Azama Sun Sun Beach, Komaka Jima, Chinen Misaki, Katsurengusuku-ato, Nakagusuku Wan, Busena Misaki
Suranchu no Tabi - Aoi Tsubasa Vol. 2
Second volume of the most beautiful beaches and capes in Okinawa filmed from a motor paraglider in hi-vision. These are Toguchi Beach, Zakimigusuku-ato, Zampa Misaki, Zampa Beach, Onna Son, Moon Beach, Tiger Beach, Manza Beach, Kohama Jima, Taketomi Jima, Ishigaki Jima, Hirakubo Misaki
Uminchu no Sanpo - Ishigaki Jima
Hi-vision underwater filming off the coast of Oganzaki, Yarabezaki, Nagura Wan and Yonbaru in Ishigaki island. The underwater scenes are accompanied by music (vocals and sanshin) from Toru Yonaha. The 16 tracks include Naakunii, Takiotoshi, Akata Sundunchi, Tinsagu nu Hana, Saa Saa Bushi, Tubaraama, Umi Yakaraa, Tsuki nu Kaisha, Kudaka Bushi, Nantahama and Asobi Shonkanee.
Uminchu no Sampo - Kuroshima, Iriomote Jima, Taketomi Jima
Hi-vision underwater scenes from Kuroshima (Panari, Minatomae Beach, Nakamoto Kaigan), Iriomote Jima (Barasu Jima), Taketomi Jima (Nishikaigan), Taketomi Jima South. Music (vocals and sanshin) by Toru Yonaha, 15 tracks including Irabu Tohgani, Erabu no Komoriuta, Tomihara Naakunii, Kagiyade Kajibushi, Hatoma Bushi, Yonaguni nu Nekoguwa, Juku no Haru, Koi no Hana, Asadoya Yunta, Tubaraama.
RKDV1.0 (Live & Clips)
The Okinawan techno twins live from Ebisu Liquid Room, Tokyo 2007. Plus three music clips: Nice Day feat. Beat Crusaders, Nasaki feat. Mongol 800, Yume no Future feat. Kotomi. 120 minutes.
ENGEKI SHUDAN FEC
Okinawa Maru Maru Variety
Popular comedy programme by a theatre company in Okinawa. Episodes 1 to 4 originally broadcast in July 2006. 90 minutes.
JI MA MA
Hadashi Karabisah Films
Music videos of eight tracks by the popular female singer/songwriter who has become very popular in Okinawa. Plus live footage filmed in Okinawa September 2007, Okinawa TV commercial and Ji Ma Ma's various activities in Okinawa.
Ichigo Ichie Kata Omoi - 50 Year Anniversary Live in Okinawa, July 2007
Misako Oshiro has been playing traditional music in Okinawa for 50 years and in July 2007 she celebrated the anniversary with a concert in Naha, Oklinawa. This is a DVD of that concert, two sets in the afternoon and evening, with guests the great Sadao China and young maestro Toru Yonaha. Centre stage is the wonderful Misako Oshiro, on great form as singer and sanshin player. Songs include Hakuun Bushi, Nushin Tsuma Bushi, Oya nu Kokoro, Wakare no Kemuri, Haihan nu Bushi, Kataumui and Ayagu.
Amami Shima Uta no Kokoro 1
Concert DVD filmed in Tokyo on July 12 and 13 2006 of the maestro of Amami shimauta. The music of Amami, situated in Kagoshima prefecture, half way between the Japanese mainland and Okinawa is unique. It is played in the minor as in Japan but is called Shima Uta and is played on the sanshin as on Okinawa. The falsetto style vocal however, doesn't exist anywhere apart from Amami. Kazuhira Takeshita is considered one of the island's greatest ever musicians. He was born in 1933 into a musical family in the village of Shokazu, and started learing shimauta from the age of twelve. He made his professional debut in 1959 and ever since has been one of the the leading exponents of Amami shimauta throughout Japan. Sixteen tracks of standard Amami traditional songs such as Asabana Bushi (always performed at the beginning of a session to purify the performance area plus Kuridando Bushi, Shiomichi Nagahama Bushi, Hanazome Bushi, Honen Bushi and Rokucho.
Amami Shimauta no Kokoro 2
Part two of the concert DVD from 2006 of the great master of Amami island shimauta. Sixteen tracks including Hokorasha, Yoisura Bushi, Shunkane Bushi, Muchakana Bushi, Sobayado, Tokunoshima Bushi, Torasan Nagane and Rokucho.
Sadao China is a living legend of Okinawan music. He is one of the greatest exponents of pure traditional minyo and court music, he was one of the first to combine shima uta and pop back in the 70s, he formed and produced pioneering female quartet Nenes, and he's written some of Okinawa's most loved songs. On his first DVD he sings 15 tradititional shima uta songs from his latest album and is joined by two guests, Yasuko Yoshida, singer with the original Nenes, and Kiyoshi Hasegawa on guitar. Filmed in July 2005, 70 mins, NTSC.
Uta To Katari
Documentary film of one of Okinawa's greatest musicians who died in 1999. Features live performance footage and interviews filmed in 1994 by Go Takamine, an Okinawan veteran film director. The live footage includes Rinsho with the wonderful female musician Misako Ohshiro and his son, Rinji Kadekaru.
Shimauta No Sekai
Live footage plus interview with possibly the greatest living Okinawan musician. Filmed by NHK (national Japanese TV) but never broadcast. Directed by Yuji Nakae, the fantastic director of the hit films Nabbie no Koi and Hotel Hibiscus. Filmed in the late 1990s. 59 minutes. Click here to email for availability
SHOKICHI KINA & CHAMPLOOSE
Subete No Buki O Gakki Ni
Swap all weapons for Musical instruments. 60 minutes, 6 track DVD from the original Okinawan roots rebel rocker. Hana, Agarisachi, Mori No Hito Yo, Arirang and Haisai Ojisan. Click here to email for availability
TOMOKO UEHARA with RINKEN BAND
Ajimaa No Uta
Was £39.99. Documentary of singer Tomoko Uehara, Teruya Rinken and his band, Rinken Band with the main focus on the musical background of Uehara. Directed by Shinji Aoyama, the well known young film director who made the acclaimed 'Yuriika'. Comes with English subtitles.
Excellent film written and produced by Rinken in 1994 finally gets a DVD release. The story follows a girl growing up in Okinawa. All music is performed by Rinken Band including live footage, totally 13 tracks plus a short film. Songs include Nankuru, Arigato, Eisa. Extremely well made, high quality DVD, with some great music and gives a taster of life for an Okinawan. Comes with English subtitles.
Video Clip Collection
Promotion video clips of all Rimi's big hits, such as Nada Sousou, plus behind the scenes at her Taiwan concert in October 2006.
Concert Tour 2004
Live DVD from the current darling of Okinawan music, from December 2004. 16 tracks, 122 minutes.
MASAO TERUYA etc...
Delightful film set in a cheap one room 'hotel' starring musician Masao Teruya (who released the album Chon Chon Kijimuna ) featuring a charming mother, a sanshin and pool playing father and a Japanese guest in search of kijimunar (friendly monster). Also stars traditional musicians Seijin Noborikawa and Misako Ohshiro. With English subtitles.
SEIJIN NOBORIKAWA, RINSHO KADEKARU, MISAKO OHSHIRO etc...
Nabii No Koi
Film set in Okinawa that became a huge hit and helped to popularize some some great local veteran musicians such as Rinsho Kadekaru, Seijin Noborikawa, Yukichi Yamazato and Misako Ohshiro. A love story, beautifully acted that is funny and charming. Ashley McIsaac, the Canadian fiddler makes an appearance with the main theme composed by Okinawa music fan Michael Nyman. No English subtitles.
Shirayuri Club Goes To Tokyo
Shirayuri is a group formed just after the second world war. They sing 1940s and 1950s songs from Ishigaki, in the Shiraho town style, the hot bed of the local music scene, playing western instruments but sounding sort of Okinawan anyway. The members are now in their 70s, and this documentary film is about their trip to Tokyo for a concert. There they meet the Boom, Okinawan musician Takashi Hirayasu and others in the big smoke. Okay, it's billed as the Okinawan Buena Vista, and it is, sort of. Hugely enjoyable.
Okinawa Relax Island
Fantastic value, excellent quality, CD and DVD set. The CD includes 8 tracks of nature sounds; waves, breeze blowing through sugar cane, birds, forest. The DVD has 10 chapters, scenes from Okinawa main island, Ishigaki and Iriomote, simple and beautiful. The beach, sugar cane, mangrove swamp, filmed in Okinawa, Kurima, Hateruma, Taketomi and Ishigaki, some accompanied by instrumental songs played mainly on sanshin but also acoustic guitar. Experience the nature of Okinawa, the sun, sand, sea, sky and a few songs too.
Ryukyu No Kaze
Performance intersperced with scenery of Ishigaki and the main island of Okinawa. Rimi Natsukawa only appears on 4 of the 7 tracks, includes Akata Sundunchi, Asadoya Yunta, Tinsagunu Hana, Nada Soso and Warabigami (video clip).
Ryukyu-teki Aika Vision
Various scenes of Okinawa; the traditional culture, historical spots, people's lifestyle, and the sea. Accompanied by some of Okinawa's most famous songs, some performed by the original artists. The Boom's 'Shima Uta', Nenes 'Bye Bye Okinawa' and 'Akemodoro' plus Rinken Band, Shang Shang Typhoon and traditional tunes performed by Toru Yonaha. Nice mix of music and film. Click here to email for availability
Okinawa- Iriomote Island &Taketomi Island
Scenes of the beautiful islands of Iriomote and Taketomi in the deep south of Okinawa set to music. 85min
SUPERMAN, POPEYE, BETTY BOOP
Minna de Tanoshimu Uchina-Guchi (Okinawan Language)
One of the more bizzare DVD releases. Superman, Popeye and Betty Boop all speaking in the Okinawa dialect, Uchina Guchi! Designed to help you improve your Okinawan speaking skills. Click here to email for availability
Sanshin Plays Okinawan Songs (Music Book with CD)
For any sanhsin players (or budding ones) out there, then this book is for you. Fourteen songs with western notation, with TAB beneath that and separately at the back (or front depending on how you open it!) the Okinawan notation. There are picture guides on tuning, changing strings and positioning the bridge, a diagram for where to press the strings, and a guide with western tuning. The writing is in Japanese but the diagrams and notation make it quite understandable for those with a basic knowledge of music and the sanshin. The lyrics are not written in romaji unfortunately, just Japanese hiragana, kanji and katakana. The songs are: Hana, Nada Sousou, Shimanchu nu Takara, Shimauta, Warabigami, Satoukibibatake, Juku nu Haru, Haisai Ojisan, Asadoya Yunta, Tinsagu nu Hana, Bashofu, Endou no Hana, Akata Sundunchi, Yuuna no Hana. There is an accompanying CD with all the same songs for you to listen to or play along to.
The Power of Okinawa
The first Okinawan music guide book in English written by Japan resident John Potter, with foreword by Paul Fisher. It's important to provide the background, the history, and an overview of the current music scene in Okinawa. If you're living on the other side of the world from Okinawa, hopefully this book can make you feel a bit closer to the action, and give you an insight into the minds of Okinawan musicians and moreover, the Okinawan way of life. John has done a fine job, with this, the first book of it's kind in English. Unravelling what could be a complex subject, he strikes a nice balance, being both informative and readable. An outsiders guide to the inside.
RKDV1.0 (Live & Clips)
The Okinawan techno twins live from Ebisu Liquid Room, Tokyo 2007. Plus three music clips: Nice Day feat. Beat Crusaders, Nasaki feat. Mongol 800, Yume no Future feat. Kotomi. 120 minutes.