Sep 23, 2017. Picnic at the Northern Shelter Highbanks Park, Columbus, Ohio.

May 13, 2017  Spring Celebration. Grace Fellowship Church, 3475 Paris Blvd, Westerville, OH 43081.

Feb 4th, 2017  Newsletter mailed to members. Thank you Lori and Rich.

Sep 22, 2016  Chris and Don Kastner have organized a bus tour on October 25, 2016.  The tour will be from 9-5 and will visit four sites.  Lunch will be at the Seaman Club.


  • Kakazu Takadai Park (the site of the Battle of Kakazu Ridge)
  • The Japanese Naval Underground Headquarters
  • Lunch at the Seamen’s Club (price of Lunch is not included)
  • The Himeyuri Girls Memorial
  • Peace Prayer Park – Walk around the grounds and then visit the giant lacquered Buddha created by Ginawa artist Shinzan Yamada.
  • Price: $45.00 – includes the admission tickets to these sites.

Aug 28, 2016

The before Eisa Picnic newsletter has been US mailed, posted the the website and email to members with email addresses.   Our shirt design for the Uchinanchu Festival has been send to writely sew.  We ordered 100 shirts and will have for pick up at the Eisa picnic.

July 1, 2016

We are now collecting shirt sizes and hat orders.  You can expect to be contacted by your group leader.  We also have begun work on a travel tip booklet.  We now have in PDF format.
June, 2016

Uchinanchu Festival Planning meeting. About 20 people met at Karl and Satoko’s.  We discussed planning for the trip to Naha.

Uchinanchu Festival t-shirt design.  We are requesting your help to help us design the front and back of the t-shirts that we will wear as we march in Okinawa.  In this link you will find a page with one suggestion for the design.  Another page has a blank front and back t-shirt image.  Please help us by drawing a design and them emailing back to us.  You may ask one of you family members to help you with this.  A picture take with a camera or cell phone will be fine.

Deadline for submission is June 30, 2016.

T-shirt design 2016



May 2016,

The 21st Celebration was a success.  The event was well attended.  We ate Okinawan food and enjoyed entertainment from our members.   Now we will look forward to the annual picnic and the Uchinanchu Festival in October.

March 2016,
21st Annual Spring Celebration.

April 30th.
VFW Post 9473
1420 Waggoner Rd
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Uchinaunchu Festival in Naha Okinawa 26-30 October 2016
Click this link to see more information


January 2016,
Happy New year, Welcome to 2016.


August 15, 2015
Consider ordering a DVD of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Atlanta Kenjenkai.
Click to expand to full size for printing.

August 14, 2015

The 20th Eisa Picnic will be held at the Highbanks park on Sep 19th.   Volunteers arrive at 9 AM.  Picnic begins at 10 AM and ends at 4 PM.

May 30th, 2015

The 20th Anniversary Celebration was held on May 30th in the Capital City Church at 1290 Old Henderson Road, Columbus OH 43220.   We had 350 attendees, the performances were excellent and we re elected Kazumi Makowski as President and Karl Kortlandt as our Vice President.

DVD Order Form – Please open and mail in.

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Members who attended received

  • 2015 Member directories
  • 20th Anniversary Publications
  • Attendee gifts – Drinking Cup

We will be mailing Member directories to members that could not attend. We took orders for DVD. Bill Brett is in the process of creating the DVD.  We will mail out the DVD by June 30th.

A party was held at Satoko and Karl Kortlands home.  About 50 people attended.  We enjoyed songs, dances and friendships.

Friday September 5th, 2014

Ten members of the Okinawa Tomonokai drove to Washington DC.   They attended Okinawan Performing arts events.  They watched a movie on Friday night and attended a live Dance Performance on Saturday evening.  They also visited the Washington Mall and several members rode the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument.

Here is a link the the 1 hour video  Kennedy Dance Video


 August 2015 – Newsletter dated August 30th mailed out to members.

June 2015 – Meeting in Columbus to celebrate the results of the Asian Festival.   20 People gathered to enjoy food and time together.  A business meeting to plan the picnic and upcoming 20th anniversary.

May 2015 – Volunteers served Okinawan foods at the Asian Festival in Columbus.

April 2015 – We celebrated our 19th Spring Celebration at the Capital City Church.  A new set of dances and group exercises were the highlights.

January 2014 – Welcome to the year of the Horse.  The January 2014 Kai newsletter was US Mailed out to 138 members on 1/28 – 1/30 2014.   A PDF copy was also mailed out to all members that we have a email address on file.

November 2013 –  Ume “Fumiko” Miller, passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital on Saturday, November 30, 2013.

Several children have been born this month.  Please let us know on any births so we can list them in our next newsletter.

October 2013 – Several Kai members attended the services for Take Gangloff.

October 2013 – Our Kai recorded videos of Ohio and our Kai events. These were uploaded to NHK just after the September 15th picnic. I thank Rich Burgan, Bill Brett, Karl Kortlandt, James Knott and Tom & June McVey for their help and support on this project.

Kazumi Makowski, President

October 2013 – Okinawa NHK broadcasting Co is looking for special correspondents for a new program, Uchinanchu World Report.  Please consider becoming a corespondent.  Send a email to for additional information.

September 2013 – Kai Picnic

The weather was SAM_0936perfect, not too hot not too cold.  The shelter was crowded with member families and guests.  We enjoyed food, socializing and entertainment.  Children played corn hole and bean bag tossing.   Sanshin players, singers and Eisa Dancers performed for us.  The day started out around 45 degrees and warmed up to about 70 degrees.  We were all excited to see this break from the high nineties of this week.  Check out the pictures of our picnic.

Picnic Pictures

August 2013

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the 18th Annual Eisa Festival and picnic at AMVETS Post 89 at 3535 Westerville Road in Columbus, Ohio.

May  2013

Our Tomonokai served about 1,000 meals at the 2013 Asian festival.  We had about 40 volunteers who represented our Kai.  They successfully worked together as a team and achieved great results for the Kai.   The volunteers can all be proud of the role that they played in promoting our Kai to the public.

April 20, 2013

The 2013 Spring Celebration was held at the Capital City Church in
Columbus, OH.   Good food, good Music and an variety of dances were performed.  We elected Kazumi Makowski as our new President and Karl Kortlandt as our new Vice President.

Nov 10, 2012 The Cincinnati area and Tomonokai members from Columbus and Dayton had a lunch get together to welcome Mr. Ryota Higa and Mr. Kentaro Saita to Ohio.   They are visiting Ohio to renew their relationship with the Kai.  They work for Orion Beer company in Okinawa.   We will include an article on this in the next newsletter.

沖縄県名護市オリオンビール株式会社より、比嘉良太氏と細田健太郎氏のお二人がオハイオ州を訪問。 シンシナティ・コロンバス・デイトン地域より集まった友の会メンバーが、McVey宅で歓迎会を開き、オリオンビール社と友の会の親交を深めました。みなさんも里帰りの際は、是非オリオンビールの工場を訪ねてみてください。

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