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Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko creates Eisa-cise

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko creates <em>Eisa-cise</em>

September 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko has completed a film of Eisa-cise, which is a fusion of exercise and eisa that they invented. From October 6, which is during the Worldwide Eisa Festival 2012, the product will be available for a fee on DVD and for download. The project aims to promote health and eisa.

Eisa-cise focuses on training the muscles of the legs and hips, but especially the thighs. It has two levels of tempo –...

 

Film set in Okinawa wins two awards at Montreal World Film Festival

Film set in Okinawa wins two awards at Montreal World Film Festival

September 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3, in Montreal, Canada, the Japanese-Canadian movie Karakara, which was produced by Okinawan filmmaker, Takako Miyahira, won the Public Award for the most popular Canadian feature film and the Openness to the World Award at the 36th Montreal...

Sol-T-Shine wins at the World of Hip Hop Dance Championship

Sol-T-Shine wins at the World of Hip Hop Dance Championship

August 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The World Hip Hop Dance Championship 2012 was held from August 1 to 5 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. About 300 teams from about 40 countries participated in the event. Sol-T-Shine, a team made up of eight Okinawan children in elementary and junior high school,...

Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone receives the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship

Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone receives the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship

June 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone has received the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, which is the American equivalent to being designated as a living national treasure in Japan. Seventy-nine year-old Ryukyu dance...

Chibana hanaori to be officially designated as a traditional craft

<em>Chibana hanaori</em> to be officially designated as a traditional craft

May 22, 2012 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 21, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) officially added Chibana hanaori from Okinawa City to the list of METI-designated traditional crafts. The ministry will make its final decision and the public announcement...

Ryukyuan indigo dyeing introduced at Japan Festival Paris 

Ryukyuan indigo dyeing introduced at Japan Festival Paris 

April 30, 2012 Yoko Oshiro, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Jardin d’Acclimatation is a park located in the Boulogne Forest on the outskirts of Paris. Peacocks and other birds abound in a mixture of a natural and amusement park seldom seen in Japan.

A Japan Festival was held at...

Dancer I-VAN takes part in the World Reggae Dance Championship for the fourth consecutive year

Dancer I-VAN takes part in the World Reggae Dance Championship for the fourth consecutive year

April 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-seven year-old reggae dancer I-VAN, who is originally from Ginowan but currently lives in Jamaica, will take part in the World Reggae Dance Championship held in Jamaica this April, for the fourth time in a row. Although I-VAN missed out on winning a prize...

Students complete a course in Okinawan traditional dress-fitting and hair-arrangement

Students complete a course in Okinawan traditional dress-fitting and hair-arrangement

April 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 9, at the Shikinaen garden in Naha, the Toshiko Chinen Ryubu-dojo and Ryusogakuin Institute held a graduation ceremony for students who had completed the course in ryuso and karajiyui or Okinawan traditional dress and hair-arrangement. At the course,...

Okinawa International Movie Festival Opens – 350 movie stars and artists walk on the red carpet

Okinawa International Movie Festival Opens - 350 movie stars and artists walk on the red carpet

March 25, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 24, the 4th Okinawa International Movie Festival commenced at Ginowan and other places around Okinawa. About 350 movie stars and artists, including a comedy duo from Okinawa and popular comedians from the main islands of Japan, walked on the 300-meter long...

Akiyoshi Ito’s Photograph Exhibition held in Paris to let people know about the beautiful ocean of Okinawa

Akiyoshi Ito's Photograph Exhibition held in Paris to let people know about the beautiful ocean of Okinawa

March 12, 2012 Yoko Oshiro correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Artist Akiyoshi Ito, who is famous for his underwater photography, is holding an exhibition in the Tropical Aquarium Porte Doree in Paris from February 2 to March 15. This is the second such exhibition to be held overseas, following...

Okinawan rock star closes his live music club in front of Kadena Airbase

Okinawan rock star closes his live music club in front of Kadena Airbase

March 4, 2012 Ryota Shimabukuro of the Ryukyu Shimpo

After three decades, 67 year-old Okinawan rock musician Katchan, or Katsuhiro Kawamitsu, closed his live music club “Jack Nasty” in Gate Street in Okinawa City (formerly Koza City). He was a popular vocalist in the rock group...

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