Kempi Scholarship to Study in Okinawa! DEADLINE: November 1

The 2014 application for the Kempi Scholarship to study in Okinawa is now available for interested persons! This unique and incredibly wonderful opportunity has been around a long time, but has changed and expanded in the past few years.

This annual scholarship provides three different opportunities:

  • study one year at one of five universities in Okinawa: University of Ryukyus, Okinawa University, Okinawa International University, Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Meio University
  • study six months at a university and six months of fieldwork
  • study a traditional Okinawan art (dance/music, textiles, making a sanshin, making a hanagasa, Ryukyuan/Okinawan cuisine, etc) (3 months language study and 9 months for training)


  • 受入大学は琉球大学、名桜大学、沖縄国際大学、沖縄大学、沖縄県立芸術大学の5大学で、どちらかで1年間講義を受ける事が出来ます。
  • 半年間大学で講義を受けそして半年間現地企業研修も可能です。
  • 1年間の伝統芸能修得コースでは舞踊、織物、三味線、音楽等があります。

Application Requirements:

  • Must be of full or partial Okinawan descent
  • Must be between 18 and 34 years of age (not older than 35 by April 1, 2014)
  • Must have some basic Japanese language skills
  • Must have relatives or a family friend who is willing to sponsor the student
  • Must be an OAA member


  • 沖縄県出身移住者の子弟、又は、OAAの会員である事。
  • 18歳から35歳までの会員で(2014年4月1日時点で35歳未満である者)
  • 修学・技術研修に必要な日本語を理解できる能力のある者。
  • 留学中の身元保証人として留学に理解と協力の得られる親族等が県内に住居している者。

Application Forms [アプリケーション] (PDF):

DEADLINE [締切日]: November 1, 2013

For more information please contact Yuko in the OAA office as soon as possible: 310-532-1929 or mensore @ earthlink . net

Information Session [説明会] (highly recommended):
The OAA will be hosting an information session for interested applicants on Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 PM at the OAA Center in Gardena (Room 103). The application is very difficult to fill out and there’s an extremely close deadline, so we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you attend this information session. It will be led by OAA’s office manager, Yuko Yamauchi, who is a past Kempi Scholarship recipient.

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