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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” and the “Hekikai-yuteki tenmoku tea bowl.” Kaneko is the second Okinawan ceramic artist to have his works collected by the British Museum after Isamu Nakamura from Nago.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

Mao Ishiakwa Publishes Photobook in the United States

Mao Ishiakwa Publishes Photobook in the United States

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Noriko Oshiro

Mao Ishikawa, a photographer who focuses on taking pictures of Okinawa and the people who live there, will be attending four in New York City from March 28 through April 2, including a publication signing event for her new photography book,...

Nansong coins, carved stone tools uncovered at Shuri Castle Ruins deemed valuable artifacts

Nansong coins, carved stone tools uncovered at Shuri Castle Ruins deemed valuable artifacts

February 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two discoveries excavated from the Kyonouchi remains at Shuri Castle in 1996 had their origin determined this week. At the time of excavation, details regarding these artifacts were unclear, but it has been determined that the first discovery was Shokogenpo, the...

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