Archive for October, 2011

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Record number of more than 5000 people to participate in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

Record number of more than 5000 people to participate in the 5th Worldwide <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival

October 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 6, it was reported that the number of people planning to come to Okinawa from other prefectures and countries to take part in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival has reached a record-high of almost 6000. The festival will be held over a four-day period from October 13 mainly at the Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha, with a preliminary event on October 12, the night before of its opening.
The figures are calculated from the number...

 

122 billion yen paid by Japan for the relocation of U.S. forces to Guam but its use is still up in the air

October 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Despite the Japanese government having paid about 122 billion yen since 2009 as their share of the burden of the cost of relocating the United States Marines Corps in Okinawa to Guam, the use of this money is still up in the air. This was revealed by a reporter...

Traditional Pantou event held in Miyakojima with mud smeared on people to drive away bad luck

Traditional <em>Pantou</em> event held in Miyakojima with mud smeared on people to drive away bad luck

October 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A traditional pantou event, in which “gods” covered with mud and grass smear mud on people or things in order to drive away bad luck, was held on October 2 and 3 in the Hirara Shimajiri district of Miyakojima City. In Japan, this traditional event...

Learn Okinawan dialect in English

Learn Okinawan dialect in English

October 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Part-time teacher at Seisa Kokusai High School Masashi Sakihara and three academics studying the Okinawan dialect are creating a textbook called Rikka, Uchinaa-nakai! that is designed to help people learn the Okinawan dialect through the medium...

Kumiodori performers to go on European tour to France, Germany and Italy

<em>Kumiodori</em> performers to go on European tour to France, Germany and Italy

October 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Performing Arts Association or Okigeiren (Chaired by Choichi Terukina), is planning to go on a tour from late October to early November that includes Paris in France, Cologne in Germany, and Rome in Italy. Termed the “Ryukyu Traditional...

Part of the U.S. Marine Corps fighter jet drills relocated to Guam from Okinawa

October 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 4, Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa announced that in keeping with the agreement reached to help ease the base-hosting burden of Okinawa, from October 10 the Japanese and U.S. governments will relocate some of the U.S. Marine Corps fighter jet drills...

Kitsugan festival held in Kabira on Ishigaki City

Kitsugan festival held in Kabira on Ishigaki City

October 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kitsugan Festival organized to pray for a good harvest and perfect health for all in their region was held on September 24 at Nnibushi Utaki (a sacred place) in Kabira, Ishigaki City on Ishigaki Island.
These last three years, inclement weather...

Nursery rhymes to be sung to welcome Uchinanchu from all around the world

Nursery rhymes to be sung to welcome <em>Uchinanchu</em> from all around the world

October 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Choral Group for Okinawan Nursery Rhymes and School-Songs” (headed by Zenko Iramina), which consists of three nursery rhyme and school-song circles from the middle region of Okinawa Prefecture, is scheduled to participate in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu...

Okinawan tourism booth is popular in the JATA Travel Showcase 2011

Okinawan tourism booth is popular in the JATA Travel Showcase 2011

October 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“JATA Travel Showcase 2011,” in which travel information from 144 countries and regions has been collected, opened at the Tokyo Big Sight on September 30. On the opening day, held for people working in the tourism-industry, the Okinawa Tourism Information Booth...

Regular flights between Naha and Guam recommence

Regular flights between Naha and Guam recommence

September 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first flight operated by United Airlines from Guam Airport arrived at Naha Airport at 9:00pm on September 28.
At the Naha International Air Terminal building, the Okinawa Prefecture and the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau held a welcoming ceremony...

Miyu returns in November after recovering well

Miyu returns in November after recovering well

September 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyu Kaname, a 13 year-old girl from Urasoe City, will return home on November 7. She has recovered well from heart transplant surgery carried out this April at Columbia University Hospital in New York to correct her restrictive cardiomyopathy. After she returns...

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