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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,” a nationally televised comedy program on Fuji Television, that featured jokes and a satirization of base construction in Okinawa in places such as Henoko in Nago City and in Takae in Higashimura,...

 

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”...

Eiichi Ikegami becomes first Okinawan to win Futaro Yamada award with novel Historia

Eiichi Ikegami becomes first Okinawan to win Futaro Yamada award with novel Historia

 

October 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The 8th annual Futaro Yamada literary award ceremony was held on October 23 at a hotel in Tokyo.

Historia (Kadokawa), written by 47-year old novelist Eiichi Ikegami from Naha City, was selected as the winner.

It...

Special exhibit showcasing the revitalization of Okinawan theater, fashion, and photography on display at Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

Special exhibit showcasing the revitalization of Okinawan theater, fashion, and photography on display at Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

 

October 6, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum opened their special exhibit, “Okinawan Theater and a World at War – Dreamlike figures of Okinawa,” on October 5 in Itoman.

Using items such as newspaper articles, photographs,...

Kamejiro Senaga documentary by Takahiko Sako begin early September screenings in Tokyo

Kamejiro Senaga documentary by Takahiko Sako begin early September screenings in Tokyo

 

August 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 26 screenings of director Takahiko Sako’s documentary Kamejiro, the man the U.S. military was most afraid of, began in Tokyo.

The film is about Kamejiro Senaga, who persisted in his stance of opposing political...

National Taiwan University announces intention to return 63 Ryukyuan remains excavated from Nakajin

National Taiwan University announces intention to return 63 Ryukyuan remains excavated from Nakajin

August 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takahiro Miyagi

National Taiwan University announced August 4 that they would continue holding the remains of 63 Ryukyu people at their medical school’s physical anthropology laboratory, and indicated its intention to return the remains to Okinawa.

This...

130 Karate-ka from all over the world gather for Shima-ha Shorin-ryu training camp

130 Karate-ka from all over the world gather for Shima-ha Shorin-ryu training camp

July 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shima-ha Shorin-ryu Karate Federation kicked off their training camp July 30 at the Okinawa Budo-kan, assembling approximately 130 karate-ka from eight countries and regions outside of Okinawa including China, the U.S., Germany, Denmark, and South America.

The...

Akutagawa Award winner Naoki Matayoshi talks about writing that captures Okinawa’s atmosphere at the Ryukyu Forum

Akutagawa Award winner Naoki Matayoshi talks about writing that captures Okinawa’s atmosphere at the Ryukyu Forum

July 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The July meeting of the members-only lecture series “Ryukyu Forum” (Ryukyu Shimpo President Junichi Tomita, presiding) took place July 12, at the Hotel Roya Orion in Naha. Comedian and author Naoki Matayoshi lectured on the topic, “Me and Literature,” in...

Project Restores Ryukyu Kingdom-Era Art and Techniques using Modern Science

April 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa prefecture is making progress in revitalizing the techniques for making exquisite Ryukyu Kingdom-era arts and crafts with the Ryukyu Kingdom cultural heritage collection and restoration project. Making use of modern science and techniques, the project began...

Sumiko Kitajima, who spread a message of peace with her one-woman play, dies at 85

Sumiko Kitajima, who spread a message of peace with her one-woman play, dies at 85

April 10, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

Sumiko Kitajima (born Sumiko Machida), the actress who was famous for her one-woman play that spread the message of the importance of peace using the Battle of Okinawa and post-war history as material, passed away from renal cell cancer at a hospital in Naha...

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