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CHICAGO OKINAWA KENJINKAI

BRINGING OKINAWAN CULTURE TO CHICAGO AND THE WORLD

The Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai is an organization dedicated to the preservation of Okinawan customs and traditions. Our membership is comprised of both Okinawans, Okinawan descendants and non-Okinawan members who share our love for the Okinawan culture. There are about two hundred families in the Chicagoland area and we also have many other members from other states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and even California. Each year we have two primary gatherings in the Chicago area. The first one is to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year which happens sometime in March and the second one is to gather for our annual Okinawa Kenjinkai picnic. Both events are huge hits with our membership due to the fellowship experienced and sharing of traditional Okinawan foods in the American "pot-luck" style. There are links below for more specific information.

Many of our members are also performers who participate in traditional cultural activities designed to keep the Okinawan culture alive in the Chicagoland area. The Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai offers its members the chance to learn Okinawan Karate, Ryukyu Dance, Sanshin, and Taiko drumming in the Ryukyu Eisa (Drumming). There are four seperate groups that meet on Saturdays in Arlington Heights Illinois. We have an Okinawan performing group for those who wish to show off the skills they have learned with us through various performances that we put on throughout the Chicagoland area. Our sanshin group teaches our members to play sanshin (a three stringed lute) which is a traditional instrument in the Ryukyu islands. Our Odori dance group is the third group which strives to perfect the ability of our members in the art of traditional Okinawan dancing. Then last but certainly not least we have a fifth dan Okinawan karate instructor which teaches our membership Okinawan Karate at no additional cost to them other than the annual membership dues. All lessons are free to our members and members are encouraged to partake in these fun filled activities each Saturday at Mitsuwa Marketplace.

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CONTACTING THE CHICAGO OKINAWA KENJINKAI

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Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai - President: Paula Schmidling
1 (847) 877-2987
English Only
Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai - Secretary: Yukie Saucedo
1 (708) 703-0800
English/Japanese
Taikai contact for gatting on the list - Mieko Zukeran   miko59@gmail.com English/Japanese

Public Information Officer - Thomas Corrao

1 (262) 960-6332
English/Japanese
Please send postal correspondence to: Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai PO BOX 94 Elk Grove Village, IL 60009

PLEASE SUPPORT THE MINKAN TAISHI EFFORTS TO BRING OKINAWAN SHI-SHI MAI TO CHICAGO

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The Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai Minkan Taishi Project is trying to bring two Shishi Mai costumes to Chicago to be used in special events throughout the Chicagoland area. This is a very expensive undertaking. The costumes alone cost nearly $13,000.00 and then there is the expense of bringing professional instruction to Chicago for training the actors. Please help us out if you can and donate using the Paypal button above. Your donation will help bring additional Okinawan culture to the Chicago area. Thank You in advance for your generosity!

This site has been developed and maintained by Tom Corrao who is the Public Relations Officer to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai and Minkan Taishi (Goodwill Ambassador) to the island of Okinawa.

If you would like to contribute to the organization or have special talents the would be useful to furthering the purpose of of promoting Okinawan culture the please contact Paula Schmidling or Tom Corrao at the email links above to discuss your participation. Participants are not limited to our membership and we welcome input from outside sources.

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