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Maeara wins the Kikuchi Kan Prize for Taketomi dialect dictionary

Maeara wins the Kikuchi Kan Prize for Taketomi dialect dictionary

October 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The winners of the 59th Kikuchi Kan Prize (sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature) were announced on October 19, with 87 year-old Toru Maeara being selected for publishing a Taketomi dialect dictionary (published by Nanzansha). Originally from Taketomi Island, Maeara now lives in Ishigaki City. Previous recipients from Okinawa are Ryoken Toyohira (1972), and the Himeyuri Peace Museum (1992).

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World Solar Challenge 2011
Okinawan high school team finishes 13th in a solar car race across Australia

World Solar Challenge 2011<br> Okinawan high school team finishes 13th in a solar car race across Australia

October 24, 2011 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the final day of the 2011 World Solar Challenge – the world’s largest solar car race, about 3000 kilometers across Australia – Team Okinawa “Lequion” finished the race by crossing the finish-line in...

Wedding ceremony held at Zakimi Castle
Vows exchanged at a World Heritage Site

Wedding ceremony held at Zakimi Castle<br> Vows exchanged at a World Heritage Site

October 20, 2011 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 1, the wedding of Naha residents Naoyuki and Kae (née Takemura) Matsuda was held at Zakimi Castle, which is a World Heritage Site. The couple and their parents dressed in Ryukyu Dynasty traditional costume and together with Mitsuo...

Jeans weathered with coral powder among the many products exhibited at the 35th Annual Okinawa Industrial Festival

Jeans weathered with coral powder among the many products exhibited at the 35th Annual Okinawa Industrial Festival

October 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 35th Annual Okinawa Industrial Festival opened on October 21 at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha. The booths at the venue featured many typical and attractive Okinawan products, including new items with high-tech and innovative features. Cosmetics and...

Nago Mayor demands the withdrawal of the Henoko plan to Foreign Minister, who is driving it as the site for the Futenma relocation

Nago Mayor demands the withdrawal of the Henoko plan to Foreign Minister, who is driving it as the site for the Futenma relocation

October 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 19, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba met with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall, and with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. He requested their understanding with regard to the plan to relocate the Futenma...

Defense Minister says Henoko environmental impact report will be submitted to Okinawa Governor and Nago Mayor before the end of the year

Defense Minister says Henoko environmental impact report will be submitted to Okinawa Governor and Nago Mayor before the end of the year

October 18, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 17, Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa met with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, and then with Nago City Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall. At these meetings, he explained that before the end of this year he intends...

Futenma roar appeal dismissed by Supreme Court without issuing a flight ban

October 14, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 13 it was revealed that two days earlier, on October 11, in the No. 3 Small Courtroom, the Supreme Court (Presiding Judge Kohei Nasu) rejected the appeal from the plaintiffs in the suit against the government over the Futenma aviation roar issue in...

Introducing traditional karate in English

Introducing traditional karate in English

October 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masahiro Nakamoto, the president of the Okinawa Traditional Kobudo Preservation Society (Bunbukan), has published the Kobudo-Buseisenshi in English under the title Okinawa Traditional Old Martial Arts – The First Hanshi 10th Dan Okinawa...

World’s largest sea cucumber found in Iriomote

World’s largest sea cucumber found in Iriomote

October 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21, an example of the world’s largest synaptid sea cucumber, the kurenaiooikarinamako, was found in Funaura Bay in Iriomote Island, Taketomi Town. Toru Naruse, an assistant professor of the Tropical Biosphere Research Center University of the...

Okinawan information exchange social networking site set up by a third-generation Okinawan from Hawaii proves to be popular

Okinawan information exchange social networking site set up by a third-generation Okinawan from Hawaii proves to be popular

October 11, 2011 Kiyoshi Ujiie of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A social-networking site that was designed to create connections among Uchinanchu around the world and is run by a third-generation Okinawan from Hawaii, Daniel Hiroki Chinen (44 years old), is rapidly growing in popularity. The...

Excitement around 43-ton giant rope

Excitement around 43-ton giant rope

October 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of October 9, the 41st Naha Ozunahiki or Naha Giant Tug-of-War, which was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest rope in 1997, was held at Kumoji intersection on Route 58 in Naha City. The event was organized...

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