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Okinawa City resident donates street piano to Plaza House Shopping Center

Okinawa City resident donates street piano to Plaza House Shopping Center

December 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takeshi Kishimoto

 

Okinawa – On December 10, a street piano was installed in the Plaza House Shopping Center in Okinawa City. This is the first street piano in the central part of Okinawa Island.

 

The piano was donated by Takashi Matsumoto, a doctor from Tokyo who has lived in Okinawa City for the past four years.

 

Matsumoto says he studied piano for approximately 10 years starting in elementary...

 

Umi wo Ageru wins Japan Booksellers’ Award for Nonfiction, Author Yoko Uema speaks of Okinawan challenges and hopes

Umi wo Ageru wins Japan Booksellers’ Award for Nonfiction, Author Yoko Uema speaks of Okinawan challenges and hopes

November 11, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 10, the winner of the 2021 Japan Booksellers’ Award for Nonfiction, which is organized jointly by Yahoo News and Hontai, was announced. Bookstore clerks throughout Japan vote on the winner, and this year, chose University of the Ryukyus...

Yukiko Miyagi and Fusako Shida become the first living national treasures in Ryukyu Buyo

Yukiko Miyagi and Fusako Shida become the first living national treasures in Ryukyu Buyo

July 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 16, the Japanese government’s Council for Cultural Affairs, chaired by Makoto Sato, provided Koichi Hagiuda, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) with its selection for the next national living treasures....

Himeyuri Peace Hall reopens; former school site transformed into cultural hub in Naha’s Asato district

Himeyuri Peace Hall reopens; former school site transformed into cultural hub in Naha’s Asato district

May 28, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Himeyuri Peace Hall, located in the Himeyuri Alumnae Building in Asato, Naha has reopened after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Okinawa Arts and Culture Promotion Association, a non-profit organization, is taking over operations, with...

Katsu Moriguchi holds photography exhibit on Okinawa under U.S. rule in Ginza: “I thought it would become a peaceful island, but…”

Katsu Moriguchi holds photography exhibit on Okinawa under U.S. rule in Ginza: “I thought it would become a peaceful island, but...”

May 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Natsuko Yamakawa

 

(Tokyo) Journalist and former Ryukyu Shimpo reporter Katsu Moriguchi, age 83, of Chiba Prefecture, is holding a photography exhibit titled “Okinawa Under U.S. Rule: Memories of America-yu” at the Washita Shop in Ginza,...

Important Intangible Cultural Property certification holders and Living National Treasures perform together for a brighter future

Important Intangible Cultural Property certification holders and Living National Treasures perform together for a brighter future

April 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 25, holders of the Important Intangible Cultural Property certification in Ryukyu buyo (dance) put on a show titled Ichiyo Raifuku: Pre-celebratory Dance–Bonds of Golden Fortune at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Naha City....

Bashofu Orimono Koubou receives Kurashiki Mingeikan Award, Toshiko Taira’s place of origin

Bashofu Orimono Koubou receives Kurashiki Mingeikan Award, Toshiko Taira’s place of origin

April 23, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Bashofu Orimono Kobou in Ogimi Village, Okinawa, an artisan textile studio specialized in the traditional Okinawan bashofu fabric, was awarded the 14th Kurashiki Mingeikan Award. The Kurashiki Mingeikan, a folk art museum located in Kurashiki City,...

Ryukyuan dance supporting Shuri reconstruction performed in front of Imperial Palace as part of dance exhibition

Ryukyuan dance supporting Shuri reconstruction performed in front of Imperial Palace as part of dance exhibition

March 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – The Japan Cultural Expo Imperial Garden Special Dance Performance “Inori no kachi” (hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, and the Japan Arts Council) was held March 14 on a specially constructed...

Reproduction of clothing from Ryukyu Kingdom with emphasis on sewing technique Fusako Kumagai donates pieces to Naha City Museum of History

Reproduction of clothing from Ryukyu Kingdom with emphasis on sewing technique Fusako Kumagai donates pieces to Naha City Museum of History

September 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 16, Fusako Kumagai, director of Kumagai Wa Ryusai Kimono Vocational School in Naha, donated four reproductions of official attire from the Ryukyu Kingdom to the Naha City Museum of History. The four reproductions are based on articles in the museum’s...

“Until that Someday” sixth-grade artist vividly depicts Shuri Castle

“Until that Someday” sixth-grade artist vividly depicts Shuri Castle

August 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

An illustration of Shuri Castle created by a 6th grader in Nishinomiya, Hyogo has been eliciting great responses on social networking sites. The artist, Chihiro Yagyu, drew the piece hoping for the reconstruction of Shuri Castle, which burned down on October 31,...

Ichio Nakamura celebrates Living National Treasure designation with concert

Ichio Nakamura celebrates Living National Treasure designation with concert

January 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Bank of the Ryukyus Presents Ichio Nakamura in Shigei—Living National Treasure-Designation Celebration Concert” was held on January 20 at the Okinawa Convention Center Theater, hosted by Ryukyu Shimpo, co-hosted by the Okinawa Performance Arts Association...