- Permissions and Acknowledgments
Created by Ozaki Seiji, the woodblock prints in this volume depict Okinawan dolls and toys. The prints are reproduced from his book Ryukyu gangu zufu (Kasahara Shoni Hoken Kenkyujo, 1936), which is in the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection in Hamilton Library, of the University of Hawai'i. A multitude of Ryukyu/Okinawa materials were destroyed during World War II, so numerous items in the collection are one of a kind. Ozaki's book is one of the more than nine hundred items collected by the late English journalist-scholar Frank Hawley (1906-1961).
Ozaki's captions were translated by Lynette Teruya, Program Coordinator at the Center for Okinawan Studies, of the University of Hawai'i, then edited and abridged for concision; additional help was provided by Kinuko Yamazato. In some cases, Ozaki's 1930s Japanese terms have been modernized and the spelling of Ryukyuan words standardized in accordance with Okinawan-English Wordbook by Mitsugu Sakihara (University of Hawai'i Press, 2006). Any errors introduced in the editing and abridgement are the responsibility of Mänoa's general editor.
We also relied on Okinawan-English Wordbook to make orthographic changes in some of the pieces in this volume. In other pieces, we decided to retain the variations in spelling used by individual authors; the variations reflect individual preferences and often the printing or orthographic conventions of the time the pieces were originally published.
A final note of thanks to people and institutions in addition to those mentioned by Katsunori Yamazato in the Preface. Each offered indispensable help and expertise in completing this volume: Tokiko Bazzell, Japan Specialist Librarian, Hamilton Library, University of Hawai'i, Mänoa; Robert G. Buss, Executive Director, Hawai'i Council for the Humanities; Joyce Chinen, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu; Joel Cohn, Chair, Department of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Hawai'i, Mänoa; Keala Francis; Alice Mak; Warren S. Nishimoto, Director, Center for Oral History, University of Hawai'i, Mänoa; James E. Roberson, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Tokyo Jogakkan College; Matthew W. Shores; Christine A. Takata, Preservation Specialist, Hamilton Library, University of Hawai'i, Mänoa; Lynette Teruya, Program Coordinator, Center for Okinawan Studies, University of Hawai'i, Mänoa; Wesley Iwao Ueunten, Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University; Setsuko Wakukawa; and Kinuko Yamazato. [End Page 211]