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Uchinaguchi class of the Okinawa Association of America marks its 9th anniversary

<em>Uchinaguchi</em> class of the Okinawa Association of America marks its 9th anniversary

June 20, 2011 by Sadao Tome, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine years have passed since 2002, when Chogi Higa started up Uchinaguchi (Okinawan language) classes as one of the cultural activities of the Okinawa Association of America.
Two-research scholars from the University of the Ryukyus went to observe the classes. In addition to their classroom visits, University of the Ryukyus professor Shinsho Miyara, the head of the Association of Okinawan Language Teaching, and...

 

Crabs spawn in Ikemajima under a full moon

Crabs spawn in Ikemajima under a full moon

June 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A species of terrestrial crab known as okagani (biological name: Discoplax hirtipes) were observed spawning on the night on June 15 on Ikemajima, which is located to the north of Miyako Island.
The crabs moved from the Ikema wetland to the seashore...

Okinawa marks the 66th anniversary of the end of WWII battle

Okinawa marks the 66th anniversary of the end of WWII battle

June 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On Thursday, June 23, Okinawa marked the 66th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa in which more than 200,000 people lost their lives.
At the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, Okinawa Prefecture and the prefectural assembly held a ceremony...

Compiled from reports and editorial of the Ryukyu Shimpo on the 2+2 Meeting

U.S.-Japan 2+2 decides on a V-shaped runway at Henoko and the withdrawal from the timeline for relocation of the Futenma

June 22, 2011 reports of Washington DC, by Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting of defence ministers...

Thirteen year-old girl to read her poem entitled “One scene from the happy days” at the Memorial Service of Battle of Okinawa

Thirteen year-old girl to read her poem entitled “One scene from the happy days” at the Memorial Service of Battle of Okinawa

June 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Memorial Ceremony to Commemorate the Fallen on the Anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa will be held at Mabuni, Itoman City, on June 23. At the ceremony, Tomoka Kamida, 13 year-old student of the second grade of Nakanishi Junior High School in Urasoe City will...

University of Hawaii honors OTV director Maehara with an honorary doctorate for his documentary program Sekai-Uchinanchu-Kiko

University of Hawaii honors OTV director Maehara with an honorary doctorate for his documentary program Sekai-Uchinanchu-Kiko

June 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

During the 15-year period since 1987, Shinichi Maehara, the executive director of Okinawa Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (OTV), has interviewed many Uchinanchu active around the world, introducing them in a documentary entitled Sekai-Uchinanchu-Kiko...

Typhoon No. 2 blows over 300 year-old Ako tree at Hamahiga-jima

Typhoon No. 2 blows over 300 year-old Ako tree at Hamahiga-jima

June 16, 2011 The Ryukyu Shimpo

An Ako tree (Ficus superba Miq. var. japonica Miq.) estimated to be over 300 years-old that stood in the Katsuren-Hama district of Uruma City has been blown over by the strong winds of Typhoon No.2. It was laid bare as it smashed down on the masonry block wall...

Okinawa promotes testing center for Android

June 15, 2011 Takashi Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa prefecture is promoting the construction of a testing center for Android, a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. To date, Google Inc. has led the way in the development of...

Sweet Bakery Porsche wins Gold medal in the Monde Selection

Sweet Bakery Porsche wins Gold medal in the Monde Selection

June 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Sweet Bakery Porsche Co., (president Kazuko Takushi) located in Yomitan Village, won two gold medals for its products, Beni-imo-tart and Shiogoma-chinsukou, and one bronze medal for its Beni-imo-galette in the food section of the 2011...

Haebaru Junior High School students learn about the ravages of war in order to become peace tour guides.

Haebaru Junior High School students learn about the ravages of war in order to become peace tour guides.

June 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-four Haebaru Junior High School third-grade students have qualified as peace guides for battlefield tours of Okinawa.
As practice, on June 21 they are scheduled to guide first grade boys and girls from their own school through the Haebaru Imperial Japanese...

One million paper cranes converted to stationery and sent to conflict-torn regions

One million paper cranes converted to stationery and sent to conflict-torn regions

June 14, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 11, the “Thousand Crane Project For a Hopeful Future,” which reutilizes paper cranes donated by peace memorial facilities and battle sites in Okinawa, held its fifth delivery ceremony at Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Mabuni, Itoman City....

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