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Toshie Asato, oldest person speaking of her Battle of Okinawa experiences and inspiration for film “GAMA”, dies at 99

Toshie Asato, oldest person speaking of her Battle of Okinawa experiences and inspiration for film “GAMA”, dies at 99

November 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 10:33 p.m. on November 12, Toshie Asato, who was the oldest living person speaking about her experiences of the Battle of Okinawa in Okinawa and who served as the model for the film “GAMA: Getto no hana (GAMA: Shell ginger flowers)”, died of thyroid cancer at a residence for the elderly in Kitanakagusuku. She was 99 years old. Her hometown was Kitanakagusuku.

During the Battle of Okinawa, Asato lost 11 family members, including her husband and...

 

New Year’s Greetings and Shuri Castle at Sunrise: Japan Post begins limited sale of New Year’s postcard

New Year’s Greetings and Shuri Castle at Sunrise: Japan Post begins limited sale of New Year’s postcard

November 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 20, the Okinawa Regional Office of the Japan Post (Regional Office Director Akio Higa) will begin selling New Year’s lottery postcards (nenga-hagaki) featuring a design of Shuri Castle as it used to be. Only 4000 packs of the postcards will be issued....

Sunflower seeds distributed after cancelled Kitanakagusuku festival bloom across Japan

Sunflower seeds distributed after cancelled Kitanakagusuku festival bloom across Japan

November 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
Across Japan, sunflowers from Kitanakagusuku have been blooming. Recently, one after another, people have been reporting that sunflowers have bloomed from sunflower seeds that were distributed free-of-charge in May by three people from a group for revitalizing...

Nago kids harvest 20 kg of rice with sickles

Nago kids harvest 20 kg of rice with sickles

November 19, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, young members of the Deigo Rugby Football School, lead by Shingo Mekaru, visited a farm in Goga, Nago City, to experience rice harvesting. Twenty-one 1st-3rd graders used sickles to harvest approximately 20 kg of mochi rice.

The activity...

The summer heat carries into November all over Okinawa with Hateruma recording a 29.3 degree temperature

The summer heat carries into November all over Okinawa with Hateruma recording a 29.3 degree temperature

November 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawan archipelago experienced a high-pressure system November 19 that brought with it blue sunny skies. Naha Port recorded a temperature of 28.6 degrees Celsius, and other areas saw similarly summery temperatures such as Iriomote Island in Taketomi hitting...

Miyako’s Sashiba migration survey reports 2,333 fewer birds than last year during “kanro”

Miyako’s Sashiba migration survey reports 2,333 fewer birds than last year during “kanro”

November 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Prefectural Government’s Nature Conservation Division and Miyako Island’s birding society, Miyako Yacho no Kai, led by Kunihiro Nakachi, reported the results of its annual sashiba (grey-faced buzzard) migratory bird survey. The survey...

Video – Bank of the Ryukyus to open main office, built during U.S. control of Okinawa, to the public prior to reconstruction

November 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

As part of the reconstruction of their headquarters in Kumoji, Naha, the Bank of the Ryukyus will be temporarily moving their main office and headquarters to the Naha Port Building in Higashimachi in December. The headquarters, which is scheduled...

“Okinawa’s struggle on the edge of non-violence” discussed at Naha symposium 50 years after Koza riot, links to the present explored

“Okinawa’s struggle on the edge of non-violence” discussed at Naha symposium 50 years after Koza riot, links to the present explored

November 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

In light of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Koza riot on December 20, the editors of the quarterly journal “Nuchi Du Takara” held a symposium at the “Mizu Praça” in Naha titled “The Koza Riot and BLM: Underground Water Veins of Public Uprisings.”...

With a fighting shout accompanied with Music, Bunshiro Nagamine leads “Radio Karate” at Yaesekotoshien School

With a fighting shout accompanied with Music, Bunshiro Nagamine leads “Radio Karate” at Yaesekotoshien School

November 13 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaese – Yaesekotoshien School spent their physical education class on November 4 learning “Radio Karate,” karate done set to accompanying music. The class was led by Bunshiro Nagamine, 43, a teacher at Tomari Elementary School in Naha.
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Jon Kabira’s Program Wins the Grand Prix at the 2020 JBA Awards Understanding His Father’s Post-War History

Jon Kabira’s Program Wins the Grand Prix at the 2020 JBA Awards Understanding His Father’s Post-War History

November 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 10, the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association (JBA) held the awards ceremony for the 2020 JBA Awards to honor programming that has contributed to the elevation of broadcast culture. The J-WAVE program, J-WAVE SELECTION GENERATION TO GENERATION~STORIES...

Higashi mayor urges peace marchers to keep “speaking out” against military flights over residential areas

Higashi mayor urges peace marchers to keep “speaking out” against military flights over residential areas

November 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 11, at an interview held at the Highashi Village Office with participants in the Okinawa Peace March including Takao Takeda of the Buddhist sect Nipponzan Myohoji, 68, Mayor Masanobu Toyama of Higashi Village said, “I want us to continue speaking...