Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai

2018 Okinawa Picnic


Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great excitement and anticipation that I inform you of a very special guest who will be attending our annual Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai Picnic this year. Mr. Daiichi Hirata will be coming from Okinawa as part of the 2018 Okinawa Performing Arts Instructor Dispatch Program. This program has been established by the Okinawan government to help establish a World Uchinanchu Day within overseas communities.

Mr. Hirata is quite famous in Okinawa and known for his works that promote Okinawan culture to the outside world. He has many accolades under his belt including being a theater director, playwright, poet, and community activist. He will be attending with other preforming arts delegates to discuss and teach both our Uchinanchu community and friends of Okinawan culture who choose to attend. The belief is that a true Uchina Network does not mean a network comprised solely of Uchinanchu people, but of all people who enjoy the culture and arts of Okinawa and wish to be connected to Okinawa. It is the hope of this delegation that such people lead to the further strengthening of this network.

Here is a little information about Mr. Hirata

  • He is the former Foundation Okinawa Prefecture Culture Promotion Association President.
  • He was the original Okinawa Prefecture Culture and Tourism Sports Division Director.
  • He’s had several major publications including;
    • "Poems South Island Poet (1994 / TomiTaki creation), "
    • “Walk Poet (2000 / TomiTaki creation).”
    • "Kimutaka! ~ Stage comes carrying Genki (2008 / aspect, Inc.)."
    • "South Wind Blowin 'in the Sea Breeze (2008 / Kankishuppan) "
    • "Dialogue of the island (2009) South bran islands (2016) both Written by: border Inc.
  • He’s had several major awards including;
    • Okinawa Island revitalization Award (1996 / Okinawa Prefecture)
    • 42nd Takehiko Kurushima Cultural Award (2002 / Japan Youth Culture Center)
    • Ryukyu Shimpo Activity Award (2005 / Ryukyu Shimpo)
  • As a member of the prefectural government he;
    • Held a Cabinet Office as an Okinawa Promotion Council Committee member.
    • Served as the Chairman of the Okinawa Promotion Council Committee / tourism and exchange
    • Served as a Committee member to the Okinawa Prefecture Culture and Arts Promotion Council
    • Served as a Committee Member to the Okinawa World Cultural Heritage Preservation Committee
    • Foundation Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts Foundation Councilor
  • In local government he has been a committee member to;
    • Yomitan brand improvement Committee
    • Katsuren Castle planning committee for developing cultural tourist facilities in the area.
  • In regards to cultural relations he’s been involved with;
    • Modern version Kumiodori “Oniwashi ~ Ryukyu OSho Tomoekokorozashi Den ~” General Director
    • Modern version Kumiodori “Demon Musashi ~ TADAMOTO Chumoto ~” Screenplay, director
    • World Acer Games General Producer (former tournament chairman)
    • Kuru Chinomori 100-year project in Yomitan Largest support people
    • How to Song project (Kazufumi Miyazawa supervision CD-BOX production representative.
    • Modern version Kumiodori Promotion Council General Counsel
    • Prefecture production three-wire popular brand Committee member
    • Kinki Nippon Tourist Okinawa cultural projects Planning and Promotion Advisor

If you want to know more about Mr. Hirata and his work you can follow the following Youtube link to view a video about him.

We sincerely hope you will join us in welcoming Mr. Hirata to the Chicagoland area and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s Okinawan Picnic.


Date: Saturday - July 28th, 2018Time: 11:00 am – Until the park closes - 9pm? Lunch at: 12:00PM

Location: Robinson Woods South Groves 1 & 2. Cook County Forest Preserve near O’Hare Airport on Lawrence Ave. between East River Road and River Road. (See the map below)

What to Bring: It’s a potluck picnic so bring a dish to pass. Okinawan foods are preferred but any dish is okay.

Don’t forget your lawn chairs. While there is seating at the picnic tables many people prefer to bring their own lawn chairs to gather under the trees and in the grass.

Soft Drinks and Beverages will be provided.

Games & Raffles: Games and prizes for everyone. We’ll have a raffle for the kids and adults with great prizes.

This event is free to members and guests are $10 Per Person

Note: The selling of personal items and/or food is not allowed without the permission of the Kenjinkai’s officers.

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Please pick-up a copy of the members’ directory at the registration table

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