Every year, the Okinawa Prefectural Government offers scholarships for young Okinawans (ages 18 to 35) to study in Okinawa for one year. This is a wonderful opportunity for young kenjinkai members of full or partial Okinawan descent to learn about their ancestral heritage as well as develop relationships with local and international Uchinaanchu.
The program offers two options:
- Study at one of the prefecture’s universities
- Study a traditional art (e.g., sanshin, dance, textiles, lacquer, sanshin making, cuisine, etc.)
Application requirements include conversational Japanese skills (higher proficiency required for universities) and a relative or family friend who lives in Okinawa to act as a guarantor.
Applications are now available for Southern California applicants at the OAA office or via email by request: 310-532-1929, firstname.lastname@example.org
The application deadline is September 29, but interested parties are encouraged to pick up and read through the application as soon as possible because it will be a highly extensive process including an interview.
(Highly recommended for applicants)
- August 19, 2018 (Sunday), 1 PM at the OAA Center, Room 103
- September 16, 2018 (Sunday), 1 PM at the OAA Center, Room 103
Here’s a short segment from OTV (Okinawa Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd) that talks about the program and interviews one of the OAA’s nominated participants (Japanese language only):