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Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attendance reaches record high at 34,000 people

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attendance reaches record high at 34,000 people

 

September 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

September 2 was the final day of the 63rd Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival, which was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City.

Fourteen groups performed Eisa at the festival.

 

According to organizers, over the three days of the festival a record number of 34,000 people visited Okinawa City or the “City of Eisa.” On the final day groups from each region of Okinawa successively performed powerful...

 

Japan P.E.N. Club holds Day of Peace Symposium in Okinawa, speakers say Okinawa still feels anguish of war

Japan P.E.N. Club holds Day of Peace Symposium in Okinawa, speakers say Okinawa still feels anguish of war

 

May 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 20 the Japan P.E.N. Club held its 34th Day of Peace Symposium at the Okinawa Convention Center, which was themed “People, Island Life, Okinawa and Literature.”

Nine authors, poets, and journalists attended from...

Chikako Yamashiro receives prize at international film festival for Mud Man, which depicts the anguish of bearing military bases

Chikako Yamashiro receives prize at international film festival for Mud Man, which depicts the anguish of bearing military bases

May 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 8 the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen was held in Oberhausen, Germany.

There, artist and filmmaker Chikako Yamashiro from Naha City, Okinawa was awarded the Zonta Prize for female filmmakers, for her film Mud Man (Tsuchi no Hito).

The...

Yaese performance group visits Vietnam for Hue Festival

Yaese performance group visits Vietnam for Hue Festival

Yaese Lion Dance group, which consists of traditional-arts performers in Yaese town, visited Hue City in Vietnam to participate Hue Festival 2018, which opened on April 27.

The group, led by Takeshi Kamiya, visited the Hue Central Hospital to hold a workshop with Thai Nghi Duong Lion dance...

Okinawan works at exhibit in Jeju, South Korea for the 70th anniversary of the Jeju Uprising depict the reality of the Battle of Okinawa and military base situation

Okinawan works at exhibit in Jeju, South Korea for the 70th anniversary of the Jeju Uprising depict the reality of the Battle of Okinawa and military base situation

April 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Jeju Museum of Art on Jeju Island off the southern coast of South Korea began their “Post Trauma Exhibit” March 31 to mark the 70th anniversary of the “Jeju Uprising,” a revolt that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of island residents at the...

Ryukyuan ballet entertains audience in U.S. in its first overseas performance

Ryukyuan ballet entertains audience in U.S. in its first overseas performance

 

March 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The NS Ryukyuan Ballet Company led by Director Sayo Nagasaki held its first overseas performance at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. The group performed an original ballet that incorporates various factors such as...

Sake cup gifted to Konoe Iehiro 300 years ago by Tei Junsoku found preserved in Kyoto

Sake cup gifted to Konoe Iehiro 300 years ago by Tei Junsoku found preserved in Kyoto

 

February 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Recently it came to light that the Yomei Bunko Foundation of Kyoto has been preserving some artifacts relating to the Ryukyu Kingdom for about 300 years.

Among these items are a particular sake cup (called the Kōrinkaihai)...

Celebrity personality Riria forms a bridge between Okinawa and Taiwan

Celebrity personality Riria forms a bridge between Okinawa and Taiwan

February 2, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sanemichi Kinjo

Actress and on-screen personality Riria, who works in Taiwan and is a native of Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, recently visited the Ryukyu Shimpo offices to talk about being a celebrity in Taiwan and share her thoughts on Okinawa. “I want...

After satirizing the Okinawan base issue, comedian Daisuke Muramoto draws attention to it, saying, “There is something to Okinawa’s actions”, and “It’s the same Japan”

After satirizing the Okinawan base issue, comedian Daisuke Muramoto draws attention to it, saying, “There is something to Okinawa’s actions”, and “It’s the same Japan”

 

January 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

After drawing a lot of attention for a comedy routine on “The Manzai 2017,”...

Bin Konno gives lecture on preserving the essence of Karate at Urasoe symposium

Bin Konno gives lecture on preserving the essence of Karate at Urasoe symposium

 

December 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A symposium for brainstorming policies to preserve and pass down traditional...

Haruhiko Kaneko’s Okinawan pottery on display in the British Museum

Haruhiko Kaneko’s Okinawan pottery on display in the British Museum

November 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The British Museum in England, the world’s largest museum, has acquired two ceramic works created by Haruhiko Kaneko, 56, owner of the well-renowned Ishigaki-yaki Pottery Studio in Ishigaki. The two pieces are the “Yohen-taihi tenmoku tea bowl”...