Shizuo "Alex" Kishaba

Ryukyu Historical Research Society

Subject: Hello from Okinawa
Sunday, November 26, 2006 4:13 PM
Hello from Okinawa.
Our historical society just finished our sixth Okinawa Postwar Picture Exhibit at Ozato Village which became a part of Nanjo City by merging with Sashiki, Chinen and Tamagusuku.
If your readers have any old pictures they would like to share with the young Okinawa generations of the war and the postwar period, we would display them at our next exhibit in Kitanakagusuku village and give our donors due credit.
Your readers can access our site: Ryubei.Com
Shizuo Kishaba (alex)
Ryukyu Historical Research Society, NonProfit Incorporated
541 Arakaki, Nakagusuku, Okinawa, Japan 901-2422
Monday, November 27, 2006 6:07 PM
Hello, Alex!
Konnichi-wa, Kishaba-san!

I am very excited to read about your project. I had no idea that such a society exists. I left Okinawa in 1990 and am always trying to get plans to come together to allow me to return for an extended visit. Your historical resource is one more reason that I must return to Okinawa. I'd love to see what you have assembled.

I am happy (and hopeful) to post your message on my website. Happy to help out and hopeful that it brings you something of value.

Kindest regards,

Monday, November 27, 2006 6:13 PM
Arigato-gozaiimasu for your message.
We are very busy here probably because our government is more concentrated on business and politics but nonprofit organizations like ours are still stubbornly holding the line. Any help that a powerful online messageboard like the one you created will be most appreciated.

Please drop me a line if you happen to be coming this way and I`ll treat you to a good Okinawan meal, soba and chanpuru and all that good stuff.

Looking forward to seeing my appeal on your board. Thanks again.
alex kishaba

Monday, November 27, 2006 6:33 PM
Subj: Re: Hello from Okinawa

I can taste it already!

Please take a look at Page TEN of the Mailbag and a little intro on my opening page.

Please let me know if you get any "hits" from folks who saw your appeal at ClickOkinawa.com

I am also going to post a hyperlink to your site on my "Links" page.

Oya sumi nasai!


Tuesday, November 28, 2006 7:19 AM
Subject: Castle Sketch Mystery

Regarding the subject of "Let's make the castle search a feature":

The sketch is definitely that of Nakagusuku Castle and the deep ravine to the right is the steep hill that definitely goes down but not to the ocean. The Pacific Ocean is to the left of the walls located approximately 2 miles away.

Commodore Perry`s men climbed up the hill shown in the background of the sketch and that is referred to as "Banner Rock" where they planted an American flag and fired off some shots which must have scared my ancestors who live on the other side of that hill. I presently live down the right slope of that hill.

Perry`s men also scaled the walls of the castle and measured them.

And yes, the 10th Army intelligence made of educated Nisei`s occupied the front concave part of the walls and stacked up sandbags and deciphered captured Japanese diaries and maps. Things they couldn`t read like old Chinese writings were sent aboard the ship off of Chatan and were never heard of again. Our society is still searching for them but that`s another story for another time.

There are no other castles like in the sketch except for Zakimi Castle in Yomitan. The reason for the similarity is because Lord Gosamaru was the same occupant of the two castles and used the same slaves from Amami Oshima to construct his domains.

Finally, from atop the castle walls you can see the East China Sea, particularly where the ships were berthed during the war. My mother, before escaping to the south of Okinawa where she lost most of her family members, recalls that there were so many ships in the bay that you couldn`t see the blue waters.

Alex Kishaba
Ryukyu America Historical Research Society
541 Arakaki, Nakagusuku, Okinawa, Japan 901-2422


Friday, December 01, 2006 6:59 PM
Re: Castle Sketch Mystery

Hello, again, Alex -

I forwarded your message to Joe P, the man in Michigan who first contacted me about the sketch that his father had made. I hope that you hear from him.

I truly appreciate your first-hand knowledge about this subject. If it would not be too imposing of me, Alex, I wonder if you would be able to take a digital photo of Nakagusuku Castle from an angle similar to that which was Joe P's father's vantage point. I think that would add a really nice touch to the feature.

I'll let you know, too, if I hear from Joe again about your message.

Kind regards,


Joe P. did indeed reply back to me after I forwarded Alex's comments about the castle.
I don't know if he e-mailed Kishaba-san though.
[Go to the Mystery Castle feature - click here]

Saturday, January 13, 2007 11:59 AM
Jim Grogan,
USAF, Onna Point, Okinawa 1958-1961

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kishaba in Manhattan a few years ago when he was in New York on Research Society business. This was after correspondence with George Feifer, author of TENNOZAN, The Battle of Okinawa and the Atomic Bomb, who put me in touch with "Alex."

Read Jim Grogan's walk down Memory Lane [Here].

Alex Kishaba
Saturday, January 13, 2007 3:31 PM

Dear Mick,
My apologies for being out of touch and I haven`t forgotten about my promise to send you a picture of the side of Nakagusuku Castle but my projects have taken me away from my home and Okinawa so much this last year.
I am headed out to D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland and Tokyo this Tuesday and will be back on Okinawa at the end of the month.

My Oku project in northern Okinawa has taken much of my time also. The village is rapidly disappearing with its culture and history so we are trying to revive the energy into the village. I donated an ancient bell from 1456 for that endeavor. You can see a picture of that in the Japanese web section.

Thanks for mentioning my effort in your webpage. I appreciate it very much as you know, efforts to retrieve our history and culture which was almost destroyed in the war is a monumental task and every small help from everyone mounts to success.

Thanks again.
alex kishaba

From: Ryubei [mailto:kishaba@ryubei.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2007 4:15 PM
To: S. A. Mick McClary
Subject: Photo exhibit at KitaNakagusuku


This is alex kishaba from Okinawa. Can you please insert this update on behalf of our society?
The attachment photos show the recent photo exhibit at KitaNakagusuku [See it here] and another is scheduled for February 4-11 at Nanjo City in 2008.

This photo exhibit is an attempt on our part to ensure that following genertaions will remember the past, tragic and horrible, as it was and also to remember the heroic efforts made by our grandmothers and grandfathers who worked to restore the island from the terrible destruction inflicted on Okinawa.

If some of your readers are willing to send in old photos of Okinawa to display at the exhibit we would be very much interested in hearing from them. We have received family photos from 14 former Okinawa residents and we are increasing the size of their pictures for display.

Older people have sent their pictures for us to scan and we have compensated them for the mailing expenses. If any of your readers would also like to live their memories intact on Okinawa permanently our society would be more than happy to display them at our bi-annual exhibits at various citizens halls on Okinawa. Thank you very much.

Shizuo Kishaba (Alex)
541 Arakaki, Nakagusuku,
Okinawa, Japan 901-2422

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