Shimanchu nu Kwii

Voices of Shimanchu

A bi-annual magazine made by and for Shimanchu across the globe. 'Kwii' meaning voice in Uchināguchi, a Ryukyuan language. Now accepting submissions!


Estamos muito animados para dar vida ao Shimanchu nu Kwii, uma revista que eleva as vozes dos Shimanchu ao redor do mundo. As inscrições já estão abertas para a nossa edição inaugural! O tema para essa edição é “honrando nossos antepassados” e iríamos amar ter a sua história.

Estamos muy emocionados de dar vida a Shimanchu nu Kwii, una revista que dará voces de los Shimanchu de todo el mundo. ¡Ya están abiertas las inscripciones para nuestra edición inaugural! El tema de esta edición es “Honrando a nuestros antepasados” y nos encantaría contar con sus historias.


The editorial team is composed of four Shimanchu in the diaspora living on the unceeded territories of Turtle Island and Indigenous land of “Australia”. Each of us is on a journey of reconnecting with our roots, learning about our culture, and understanding what it means to be “Shimanchu”. Through involvement in various Shimanchu communities, we felt that there was a wealth of talent and creativity among us, and we wanted to create a space where we could highlight the work of Shimanchu across the globe. Thus "Shimanchu Nu Kwii" was born, meaning "Voices of Shimanchu" in Uchināguchi (one of the Ryukyuan languages). We encourage you to submit your work to our magazine, and we hope you enjoy reading "Shimanchu Nu Kwii"!

Photo of Sherry Schafer. It shows her face and she is smiling. She has dark brown hair. Behind her are leaves and flowers.

Sherry Schafer

Sherry has been an English language teacher for seven years, five of which were in Nagoya, Japan. She is learning her heritage language Uchinaaguchi, and hopes to be able to teach it one day. Recently, she took up the ukelele, and is enjoying it very much. Favorite “food” is donuts. The fluffy glazed kind. Definitely not the ones with filling.

Photo of Erica Kunihisa. A woman, Asian in appearance, wearing a white t-shirt and denim jacket.

Erica Kunihisa

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.

Photo of Karen holding a camcorder in front of her and sticking out her tongue.

Karen Tengan Okuda

Karen is a second-generation Uchinānchu living and working on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Dharug people. She is a soon-to-be media graduate, who loves to DIY everything possible. Some of her interests include dancing, film photography and history. You can see more of her here.

June Owatari

June likes duality, character growth, and moody narratives that make them feel weird and sad, so tries to write songs and zines that reflect that. When they're not creating, you'll often find June binge-reading fanfiction, studying one of many languages, or daydreaming about living in a small cottage/library/workspace. You can find information on June's past and current projects at

Open for Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for our inaugural edition of Shimanchu nu Kwii.

The theme for this edition is Honouring our Ancestors, and you are welcome to interpret this in however way you want. We will be accepting submissions in any medium as this magazine will be both online and in print.

The submission deadline for this edition is 7th May 2021.

This project is a labour of love from our volunteer team and you, the community we are honoured to be part of. The volunteer team is pledging a payment of at least $10 per contributor, and are hoping to raise more money via donations, to be equally distributed among contributors, minus magazine expenses.

For more in-depth information about submission guidelines and how to submit, please see below.

Nifee deebiru, and we look forward to your submissions!

Any language OK!
To acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of our Shimanchu community, we're accepting submissions in any language (Japanese, English, Portuguese, Spanish, etc). Keep in mind that our editorial team may not be able to translate your work.

Type of Submissions Accepted

1. Personal Stories・作文
Word count should be in the range of 500 – 1500 words.

2. Personal Photos・写真
Please include a short description with each photo. You can submit up to five photos.

3. Articles About Okinawan Culture, History, or Issues・歴史や政治について
We expect an article of this kind to be well-researched, and we would also like you to include a few references for anyone wanting to learn more about the topic. Word count should be in the range of 750 – 1500 words.

4. Art and Music・アートや音楽
Please provide a brief description of your piece. We can also include links to your work in the digital magazine. For music, please send us a QR code that links to your music.
Note: If you would like your art to be considered for the cover, let us know!

5. Book/Film/Music Review・映画や本のレビュー
You can review a book, film, album, etc. that is either by a Shimanchu creator, or related to Okinawa in some way. Be sure not to give away any spoilers!

6. Poetry/Short Fiction・ポエムやショートストーリー
Word count should be in the range of 500 – 1500 words.

7. Interviews・インタビュー
Please include 1) the interviewee’s full name; 2) their email address; and 3) confirm with us that you have their permission to publish the interview. We will also contact your interviewee to make sure we have their permission to publish.

Submission Instructions
Please send your submission to the following email address. 以下のメールアドレスまで応募してください: [email protected]

In your email, please also include the following information. 作品と一緒に以下の情報をお願いします。
1. Name・名前
2. Email Address・メールアドレス
3. Country You Reside In・在住国
4. Social media/website (optional: if you want us to print it)・SNS
5. Short Bio (less than 50 words)

Submission Deadline: May 14, 2021

• Note: We are only accepting submissions from those who are Okinawan or of Okinawan descent. Thank you for your understanding.
• If you submit something, but decide later that you do not want us to publish it, please let us know at least two weeks prior to the issue publication date.

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions! Yutasarugutu unigeesabira. (“Best regards”)