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Okinawan drum group wins top award in Busan Travel Fair

Okinawan drum group wins top award in Busan Travel Fair

September 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha based drum group Ryukaji won the top award in the 16th Busan International Travel Fair 2013 held on September 8 in the South Korean city. The leader of the group, Itsumu Tobaru, 22, who attended the ceremony the next day, was delighted, saying, “We didn’t think we would win anything.”

Many exhibitors from 43 countries and regions around the world took part in the fair. The award was the highest honor given for a performance on the...

 

110th anniversary of birth of great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi

110th anniversary of birth of great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi

September 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo held an event in the evening of September 7 to commemorate the 110th anniversary of birth of the great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi. Held in Izumizaki, Naha and attended by about 450 people, it also celebrated the 120th anniversary of the...

Peaceful Love Rock in Okinawa City

Peaceful Love Rock in Okinawa City

July 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 1,600 rock fans crowded into the Okinawa City Open Air Stage on July 14, in the final day of the 31st Peaceful Love Rock Festival 2013. Ten bands from Okinawa and other prefectures took part and this year Rock N’ Roll Band Murasaki was the last performer....

Traditional Kumi-odori preservation organization incorporated

Traditional <em>Kumi-odori</em> preservation organization incorporated

February 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 29, the Dento Kumi-odori Hozonkai, a voluntary organization to which the professionals of kumi-odori or traditional Okinawan musical belong, was designated as a general incorporated association by the government. Kumi-odori is recognized...

Okinawa Actors’ Association to be incorporated

Okinawa Actors’ Association to be incorporated

February 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

By mid-February, the voluntary group the Okinawa Actors’ Association, which is made up of the actors of Uchina shibai or Okinawan plays, will change into a general incorporated association, and start working to reinvigorate Okinawan popular drama. Becoming...

Sugar Hall Orchestra holds first performance

Sugar Hall Orchestra holds first performance

January 22, 2013 Takahiro Miyagi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 20, at the Nanjo City Culture Center Sugar Hall, the professional orchestra group known as the Sugar Hall Orchestra held its first concert, entitled, Fate. Together with previous prizewinners of the Okiden Sugar Hall Armature...

Okinawan students to go to Asia on cultural trip

Okinawan students to go to Asia on cultural trip

January 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefecture Board of Education has launched a project to send high school students engaged in arts and cultural activities to Singapore in February, and then to Shanghai in March, in order to deepen cultural exchanges with young people in those cities....

People and fish enjoy string music in Miyako

People and fish enjoy string music in Miyako

December 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 9, at the Miyako Undersea Park Observation Facility, in Miyako-jima, the Japanese String Teachers Association (JASTA) held what was called “The Concert in the Sea.” This was a pre-event for the JASTA String Festival 2013, which will be held next...

Historical play – “Surrender of Shuri Castle”

Historical play - “Surrender of Shuri Castle”

December 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 2, at the Naha City Hall, the Ryukyuan historical play “Surrender of the Shuri Castle,” which depicts the annexation of the Ryukyu Kingdom by the Meiji government, was performed. According to the Okinawa Actors’ Association, this play had...

Rock band Shores releases its first album called Beginning | End

Rock band Shores releases its first album called <em>Beginning | End</em>

November 27, 2012 Takahiro Miyagi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, the rock band Shores released its first album called Beginning | End through BORNtoLOVE Records. Produced by MEG from 2side1BRAIN and SHUNTAROCK, the album sells for 1575 yen, and contains eight songs with constructive...

Magnificent Ryukyu Dynasty-style Royal Procession in Kokusai Street

Magnificent Ryukyu Dynasty-style Royal Procession in Kokusai Street

October 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, the third day of the Shurijo Castle Festival commemorating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Shurijo Castle Park, a Ryukyu Dynasty-style Royal procession was held in Kokusai Street in Naha. The festival was organized by the event’s executive...

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