Archive for March, 2013

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Itoman Sabani boat builder wins MJC award

Itoman <em>Sabani</em> boat builder wins MJC award

March 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Tokyo-based Marine Journalists Conference has decided to present the 2013 MJC Marine Award (Cultural and Dissemination Section) to Itoman traditional sabani boat-builder Kiyoshi Oshiro. For many years, 63 year-old Oshiro has made fishing boats known as sabani and has contributed to expanding their use in the fishing town of Itoman. The conference is organized by journalists and editors-in-chief of magazines that specialize in marine sports,...

 

OPG moving to designate 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter as cultural asset

March 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Superintendent of the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education Hiroshi Oshiro commented on March 6 that the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) is to consider designating the former 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter as a cultural asset. Oshiro was replying to a question...

Goat food tasting event held

Goat food tasting event held

March 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 28, at a restaurant in Naha, the Okinawa Prefectural Government held a tasting event to promote local goat meat and cuisine. This is a part of the 2012 Okinawa Goat Raising and Consumption Promotion Project.

About 40 people involved in the restaurant...

Comedian Takashi Okamura becomes promotional ambassador for New Ishigaki Airport

Comedian Takashi Okamura becomes promotional ambassador for New Ishigaki Airport

March 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 8, the Ishigaki Municipal Government appointed Takashi Okamura, a Japanese comedian and one half of the duo Ninety-nine, as a promotional ambassador for New Ishigaki Airport. That same day, at the ceremony to mark his appointment, Okamura promised to market...

[Editorial] Celebrating the date of restoration of Japan’s sovereignty is further humiliation for Okinawa Is Japan really an independent nation?

March 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Is this also part of the “Abe brand”? Starting this year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to hold a ceremony on April 28 to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Japanese sovereignty after the San Francisco Peace Treaty took effect in 1952.

Abe...

Residents patrol Yambaru forest

Residents patrol Yambaru forest

February 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the Yambaru areas of the northern part of Okinawa, local people are going on patrols to protect rare animals and plants. The main purpose of their activities is to prevent poaching and theft of plants, but they also enjoy roaming through the Yambaru forest...

Community members pray for good harvest at Ueda Ugan

Community members pray for good harvest at Ueda Ugan

February 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 21, at the Ukinju hainju in Hyakuna, Nanjo in Tamagusuku, the Ueda Ugan was held. It is a traditional ceremony in the Nakandakari district, in which people plant rice and pray for a good harvest. The place was known to be a center...

Yokozuna Harumafuji starts training camp in Tomigusuku

Yokozuna Harumafuji starts training camp in Tomigusuku

February 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 20, Yokozuna Harumafuji and Aminishiki, sumo wrestlers who belong to the Isegahama stable, started training in the grounds of Toyomi Elementary School in Tomigusuku. Harumafuji, who was undefeated in the January Tournament said, “I will practice...

Human remains and ornaments found in a burial urn possibly confirm tomb

Human remains and ornaments found in a burial urn possibly confirm tomb

February 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 20, a representative of the Kunigami Education Board announced that five or six sets of human remains and some ornaments have been found in the Hedo district of Kunigami in a burial urn in the tomb in which Gihon, a king of the Ryukyu Islands who...

Cattle Festival on Kuroshima Island

Cattle Festival on Kuroshima Island

March 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, the 21st cattle festival was held at the multipurpose plaza on Kuroshima Island, Taketomi-cho, in Yaeyama. As many as 3000 people took part in the festival, enjoying events such as a lottery in which people win pregnant cows. At the stalls, they tasted...

Okinawa booth at Berlin International Film Festival

Okinawa booth at Berlin International Film Festival

March 4, 2012 Kumiko Hokama, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

From February 7 to 17, one of the world’s leading festivals of its kind, the Berlin International Film Festival, was held. For the first time, this year the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Okinawa Film Office of the Okinawa...

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