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Rinken Band performs in Paris

Rinken Band performs in Paris

December 29, 2014 Yoko Oshiro, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

As December arrives and the streets of Paris fill with Parisians in long black coats, the Japan Culture House of Paris sprang to life in vibrant Okinawan colors when Rinken Band held a two-day concert on December 5 and 6.

The performance was held to promote the annual “NiUtu Umachi” music event held in Okinawa City produced by Rinken Band leader Rinken Teruya, and to promote Okinawa Tourism.

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Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

January 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2, a New Year’s Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. Popular Indian elephant Ryuka has performed kakizome, or first calligraphy of the year. She dexterously wrote sheep, this year’s Chinese...

US Army to return Gesaji Communication Site

December 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. Army in Okinawa will return Gesaji Communication Site, which is located in Gesaji, Higashi, on Feburary 27, 2015. Okinawa Defense Bureau made the announcement on December 25. This communication site is a Long-Range Navigation (LRN) transmitting station....

Sit-in protester against new U.S. base in Henoko arrested

Sit-in protester against new U.S. base in Henoko arrested

January 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

More than 15 vehicles, including mixer trucks, came into U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab from late at night on January 10 until the early hours of the following morning to resume work to build a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. The governments of Japan and the United...

[Editorial]Abe administration must meet anti-U.S base governor Onaga

January 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

We think the administration led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not understand the implications of candidates backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) being defeated in the Okinawa gubernatorial election and in the Lower House election , in which the...

New Year’s Convention to promote Okinawan tourism worldwide

New Year's Convention to promote Okinawan tourism worldwide

January 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5, the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) held a New Year’s Convention for Okinawan tourism at the Pacific Hotel Okinawa in Naha. About 1,000 people related to the Okinawan tourism industry and the Okinawa Prefectural Government took...

Nago Mayor swears to end Henoko issue at first sunrise of 2015

Nago Mayor swears to end Henoko issue at first sunrise of 2015

January 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 1, about 200 people gathered at Matsuda Nuhama beach in Henoko, Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to construct a replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, to watch the first sunrise of 2015. Nago Mayor...

Okinawa Governor says in New Year’s greeting he will block construction of new US base

Okinawa Governor says in New Year's greeting he will block construction of new US base

January 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga made his New Year greeting to government staff members over an office broadcast. In order to realize his pledge from the gubernatorial campaign, he said he would appeal “firmly to [public and governments] in Japan...

Island-Wide Council to appeal to United Nations and United States

Island-Wide Council to appeal to United Nations and United States

December 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, the “Island-Wide Council for Leading to the Future and Realizing the Okinawa Statement” held its first general assembly. The council was formed by citizens and intellectuals from Okinawan politics, industry, workforce and citizens’...

Rock musician Kat-chan receives Okinawa Cultural Merit Award

Rock musician Kat-chan receives Okinawa Cultural Merit Award

December 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19 at live house Seventh Heaven in Okinawa City, a party to celebrate the awarding of the Okinawa Cultural Merit Award to Katsuhiro Kawamitsu, an Okinawan Rock legend known as “Bearded Kat-chan,” was held. Receiving the award from the rock...

Two sheep join Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Two sheep join Okinawa Zoo and Museum

January 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year is the year of the Sheep in Chinese astrology. Two sheep from a pasture in Kyushu have joined the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. One is a two-year-old male and the other is four-year-old female.

The sheep have 100 percent natural wool...

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