Shīsā Statue Installation Ceremony

Date: Friday, June 29

Time: 4:00-4:15 pm

Location: In between Hamilton Library and Paradise Palms Café on Maile Way at UHM

Commemorating the establishment of the Center for Okinawan Studies at UHM, the University of the Ryukyus is donating an original pair of shīsā (lion-dog) statues to the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. A traditional talisman of Okinawa, shīsā are guardians who protect against disasters and bring happiness to those they serve. The presence of shīsā on the UHM campus symbolizes friendship and peace between UHM and the University of the Ryukyus. For more information about the shīsā, please see this link.

The University of the Ryukyus and UHM have a long relationship of collaboration on research, joint conferences/symposia, and student exchanges. In 2008, UHM established the Center for Okinawan Studies, the only such research center of its kind outside of Japan. A world-class collection of Okinawan materials (Sakamaki-Hawley Collection) is at UHM Library-partial funding to purchase the original collection from the late English journalist Frank Hawley came from Hawaii’s Okinawan community. For more information on the Center for Okinawan Studies and the Library Okinawa Collection, please go to their respective websites.

Center for Okinawan Studies:http://manoa.hawaii.edu/okinawa/wordpress
Library Okinawa Collection: http://www.hawaii.edu/asiaref/okinawa/index.html

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