Change is good

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It’s been 5+ years here at and over a decade of Okinawan pop culture posts spread out throughout the Web. So, what now? Well, from today, you can find us at the brand-spanking new Not to worry about this site (what we’re referring to as the dotcom) as it’ll still be here with all of the old posts.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @karakui which is a great place to keep updated on our latest posts and an awesome way to get in contact with us. Thank you for all of your support these many years and we hope that you’ll continue to follow and support us over at

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 48,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 100 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 729 posts. There were 81 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 323 views. The most popular post that day was Lyrics: Misako Koja’s ‘Warabigami’.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for stereopony wallpaper, aya ueto, meisa kuroki, juunen saki mo kimi ni koishite, and stitch wallpaper.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Lyrics: Misako Koja’s ‘Warabigami’ February 2008

2 Special: That actress? She’s from Okinawa. August 2009


Lyrics: BEGIN’s ‘Sanshin no Hana’ June 2007


Tuning Your Sanshin March 2007


Wallpaper: Namie Amuro for Coke Zero January 2010

On making 160,000+ hits

I quietly saw pass the 150,000 mark and now we’re over 166,000 hits. Yeah, we’re still a small blog covering the margins of the more popular Japanese pop culture scene but we’re not doing that shabby at all. If you’ve ever kept a blog, and you’re a geek, you’re probably into stats as well. Would’ve been cool if we did this at the end (rather, the beginning would be much better) of every month but I’m up to it today so here goes. For the month of September (today, the 30th, is the last day of the month) we have a total of 6,163 visits so far which beats the 6,129 visits from last month. Our lowest day was 103 views on 9/10 and the highest days were on 9/3 and 9/7 with a total of 263 views. (Our highest overall day was 466 views on 10/15/2008.)

So a BIG nifee deebitan (thank you, mahalo, ありがとう) for visiting!

Catching up

Sorry for being MIA for the past couple of weeks. During my time away from Karakui I’ve been collecting stories which you’ll start to see turn up on the blog today. For those who’ve left comments on the blog, sorry for not approving them sooner. Anyhoo, back to posting entries—hope you enjoy them!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year dear readers! While we’re still less than five hours from 2009 here in humid Hawaii, in Okinawa, it’s already the new year. So here’s wishing you all the best in 2009 and thank you for visiting 🙂

It’s been a pretty amazing year—’s third anniversary is this month—that saw us reach over 100,000 hits with our biggest day on 10/15/08 with 466 hits. It’s been a steady climb up with total hits of 147 in 2006; 31,158 in 2007; and 76,070 in 2008. It’s a shame that we didn’t have an opportunity to track our stats while at and when we were called the Okinawan Music Project and at Anyhoo, it’s geeky to be stuck in these stats so I’ll end here before I bore you all.

Best regards,

Just in time for Xmas? updates our iTunes page

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Looking for a Xmas gift for that *ahem* fan this season? How about an iTunes gift card? We just updated the page with lots of Okinawa-related artist goodness. Of note is the various artist collection “Respect Record Presents Okinawa Best Song Collection.

(And, since we didn’t receive the touch of the iTunes God for an affiliate badge [we applied when it was first available and there wasn’t much or any Japanese selection at the time] I’ve included a link to my Wish List if you think we’ve been Nice this year. Cheers, Richie.)

My Wish List

As much as we’d appreciate a gift to us, we’re just as happy to have reached 100,000 hits giving us just about 50,000 hits a year. Thanks! Mahalo! Nifee deebitan!