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Ichariba Choodee Podcast

When we meet, we become brothers, sisters, family.



Join our cohosts as they explore a range of topics, from identity to language revitalization.  Each episode features music by a Shimanchu artist, guest speakers specializing or directly involved in a Okinawan field or topic, and close with an Okinawan funfact / proverb.  Come join us for this evovling journey together.  Yutasurugutu unigeesabira!

   The Podcast

Okinawan.  Ryukyuan.  Loochoo.

There are many more names for the peoples of these islands. Hear the many voices and stories of those identifying as Shimanchu (or Uchinachu).

Celebrating and preserving our culture, connecting the diaspora, and both proudly and humbly educating and learning along the way. Hosted monthly by Mariko Middleton, Erica Kunihisa, and Tori.


Ichariba Choodee is a beautiful Ryukyan saying translating roughly to, 'When we meet, we become brothers, sisters, family.'

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Mariko Middleton

Mariko Middleton [she/her]
                                   Executive producer, Host

Mariko is a half Okinawan American living on Abenaki land in Vermont, USA.  She is an interspiritual practitioner of earth-based spirituality and is deeply interested in identity, culture, and how we all weave the global web of change.  She is a blend of introverted introspection and extroverted ecstaticness depending on her environment.  Follow along on her Instagram here.

Erica Kunihisa

Erica Kunihisa  [she/her]
                    Assignment Editor, Host

Erica is a graphic designer and illustrator and has become interested in how art and design plays a role in social and cultural impact. When she is not in front of a computer, she enjoys being outdoors and doing activities such as hiking/camping, and dragon boating. Find some of her work on Instagram here.

Tori Toguchi

Tori Toguchi [she/her]
                                       Outreach Manager

Tori is a Shimanchu photographer born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. 


You can find her photography website here or follow along on her Instagram here.


Emma Anderson

Emma Anderson  [she/her]
                                      Audio Engineer, Host

Emma is an Okinawan-American radio DJ, software engineer, and zinester from Los Angeles, California a.k.a. Tongva land. When she’s not busy building iOS apps or hosting her funk & soul radio show, Emma practices koto with Sensei Katsuko Teruya as part of the Kōyōkai L.A. music group. Follow along on her Instagram here.

Joey Kamiya

Joseph Y. Kamiya [he/him]
                      Audio Engineer

Joseph is an Uchinaanchu yonsei (fourth generation) from California who dabbles in filmmaking, original music/noise, and uta-sanshin. His ancestral roots are from Tamagusuku (Nanjō City) and Awase (Okinawa City) in Okinawa and Fukuoka, Japan.



Kiera Usagawa  [she/her]
                                      English Transcription

Kiera is a Shimanchu/Japanese queer woman raised on Kanaka 'Ōiwi land in Hawai'i and residing on unceded Chinook/Cowlitz land in Oregon, USA. Kiera is passionate about climate justice, demilitarization, transnational feminist organizing, and creating a future through the lens of decolonization. She aspires to be a sense of home and a caretaker for her community, land, and ancestors. You can follow along on her instagram here: @kiera.akiye

Image by Robert Thiemann

Adriane S. [she/her]
                      Copy Editing

... more info about Adriane coming soon...

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