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. Issue #1 out soon!


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


We are currently not accepting submissions at this time.

Keep an eye out on our socials to know when submissions are open next. We look forward to your submissions for issue #2!

Nifee deebiru!