Chura

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Gender FEMALE
Industry Non-Profit
Occupation Writer, In-house Editor
Location Japan
Introduction Born and raised in the USA (NJ), I’ve spent most of my adult life in Japan. One of my favorite places in Japan is Okinawa. To me, Okinawa is a land of stories and an island of music, magic and mystery. The music is shima-uta, songs sung to the rhythm of a three-stringed lute called a sanshin. The magic is in the colors of land, sea and sky. The mystery? Mystery begins where the line between legend and verifiable human memories begins to blur. I am a member of the Archaeological Institute of America, chapter chief of a sanshin study society, and a founding member of the Marine Culture Research Association of Okinawa.
Interests Tai Chi, sanshin, watercolor painting
Favorite Music operatic arias, Okinawan folk and pop music
Favorite Books The Geography of Bliss (Eric Weiner), The Restless Sea (Robert Kunzig), The Riddle of Okinawa's Submerged Artifacts (Masaaki Kimura-Japanese language only)