Archive for January, 2016

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Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

January 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2 and 3, a New Year’s Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. Along with her daughter Rubi, who was born in 2015, popular Indian elephant Ryuka appeared in public and performed kakizome, or the first calligraphy of the year. She dexterously wrote “monkey”, this year’s Chinese zodiac sign, in kanji, entertaining the spectators.

An event in which monkey took over from sheep, last year’s...

 

Stench from Kadena Air Base leads Kadena Town to seek designation as an odor regulation area

January 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi

Recently, residents living around Kadena Air Base raised the concern of a bad stench to the prefectural government. On January 6 in response to this concern, the prefectural government decided to pursue a plan to designate the town of Kadena...

Jesse Whitehead of New Zealand publishes photography book featuring Okinawan proverbs

Jesse Whitehead of New Zealand publishes photography book featuring Okinawan proverbs

January 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoshiki Nagahama

New Zealander Jesse Whitehead, 25, recently published a photography book depicting the people, nature, and culture of Okinawa as he experienced them during his three-year stay in Tomigusuku City, which ended in December. Captions for...

Foreign tourists visit Okinawa for tourism and health check-ups

Foreign tourists visit Okinawa for tourism and health check-ups

January 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventeen visitors from Amoy, Fujian in China arrived at Naha Airport on January 6 to participate in “medical tourism” in which participants get health check-ups while enjoying resort tourism in Okinawa. The participants stayed for five nights while...

Fundraising for Okinawan infant with severe heart disorder reaches 350 million yen

Fundraising for Okinawan infant with severe heart disorder reaches 350 million yen

January 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5, Operation Save Noa, a volunteer group to support one-year-old Noa Onaga who needs to travel to the United States for a heart transplant because of a severe heart disorder, held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government building. The...

Okinawa hits record high child poverty rate of 37%, 2.7 times higher than 2012 nationwide rate

Okinawa hits record high child poverty rate of 37%, 2.7 times higher than 2012 nationwide rate

January 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s child poverty rate hit 37.5 percent in 2012, the highest in Japan. On January 4, Kensaku Tomuro, Associate Professor of Yamagata University, announced the findings of his nationwide child poverty rate survey. Results revealed that over one-third of...

Beijing’s Ryukyuan burial sites under threat of development

Beijing's Ryukyuan burial sites under threat of development

January 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Tsuyoshi Arakaki reports

There are burial sites in Beijing for Ryukyuans (Okinawans) who sought for the Chinese Qing Dynasty to save the Ryukyu Kingdom and who died in exile before and after the “Ryukyu disposal”, when the Ryukyu Kingdom was annexed...

New Year’s solemn ceremony at Shuri Castle

New Year’s solemn ceremony at Shuri Castle

January 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 1 to 3, a New Year’s ceremony was held at Shurijo Castle Park, Naha. The Chouhaiokishiki, or Imperial Court New Year’s morning ceremony, which used to take place at Shuri Castle on New Year’s Day during the Ryukyu Dynasty, was demonstrated. Many...

New York-based artist Yuken Teruya: Make Okinawan protest movement cultural heritage

New York-based artist Yuken Teruya: Make Okinawan protest movement cultural heritage

December 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

New York-based artist Yuken Teruya is known for Okinawan traditional bingata dye works, including one featuring parachuters, fighter aircraft, Osprey and dugong in a beautiful design. In an interview with freelance journalist Chota Takamine, the Okinawan artist...

Economic organizations pledge to make Okinawa’s economy play an active role in Asia

Economic organizations pledge to make Okinawa’s economy play an active role in Asia

January 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirty-one economic organizations including Okinawa Prefectural Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry met for a New Year’s banquet on the evening of January 4 at the hotel ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa Harborview in Naha. In order to strengthen the trend...

In New Year’s greeting, Governor Onaga expresses determination not to back down on base issue

In New Year’s greeting, Governor Onaga expresses determination not to back down on base issue

January 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 4, Governor Takeshi Onaga made his new years’ greeting to prefectural employees over the Prefectural Office’s broadcast system. In the greeting, he expressed his determination to continue working to prevent the construction of a new U.S. military...

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