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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 collection. Yoko Yamada, curator of the museum, says, “Most of the research on royal attire of the Ryukyu Kingdom thus far has been focused on patterns and materials. In these pieces, the sewing...

 

“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...

Okinawa prefectural survey finds Okinawans’ use of Shimakutuba apparently decreasing

Okinawa prefectural survey finds Okinawans’ use of Shimakutuba apparently decreasing

May 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 23 the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced the results of the 2018 Shimakutuba (Okinawan language) prefectural survey. In regard to Shimakutuba, those who answered that they “primarily use it,” “use it about as much as standard...

Living National Treasure Noho Miyagi first Okinawan to win Japan Art Academy Prize

Living National Treasure Noho Miyagi first Okinawan to win Japan Art Academy Prize

March 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On March 22, the Japan Art Academy (director: Senji Kuroi) announced eight recipients of the 2018 Japan Art Academy Prize to honor talented artists.

One of the recipients was the Okinawan Kumiodori performer Noho Miyagi, 80, of Yonabaru, who...

Mysterious symbols found engraved in stones in newly discovered castle wall at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

Mysterious symbols found engraved in stones in newly discovered castle wall at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

February 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Kazuya Arakaki

[Nakagusuku] The Nakagusuku Board of Education (BoE) disclosed on February 2 that during their survey of the newly discovered castle wall at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, the discovered symbols such as letters that resemble an “F” and an...

Okinawan traditional Miyakojima Pantu being considered for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status

Okinawan traditional Miyakojima Pantu being considered for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status

 

October 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On October 24 Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs announced that it has nominated ten traditional practices from eight prefectures of Japan that involve wearing masks or costumes to represent deities, including “Pantu”...

Artist Manabu Kochi from Naha to have artwork displayed at a French national museum in Paris

Artist Manabu Kochi from Naha to have artwork displayed at a French national museum in Paris

October 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ami Chibana

 

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83-year-old drummer Yoshio Kinjo broke out into the world as Okinawa’s jazz pioneer

83-year-old drummer Yoshio Kinjo broke out into the world as Okinawa’s jazz pioneer

 

September 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

 

“OK, one, two, three, four.” With a commanding tone, Yoshio Kinjo, 83, from Tomigusuku leads the 17-person big band, “Y.K. Singing Orchestra.” Kinjo was introduced to the drums in 1954, in his senior year...

“If I was able to get closer to fans, I am happy.” Namie Amuro retires

“If I was able to get closer to fans, I am happy.” Namie Amuro retires

 

September 17, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa-born singer Namie Amuro, 40, retired on September 16. In the mid-90’s, Amuro sparked the fashion phenomenon known as “Amura” on the streets of Japan, and after marrying and having a child at age 20, continued to captivate...

Madama-michi Road from 16th century excavated around Shurei gate

Madama-michi Road from 16th century excavated around Shurei gate

 

September 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Stones from Madama-michi Road, a stone-paved road constructed in the 1500s during Ryukyuan Kingdom era was excavated on the grounds of Shuri Castle in Kinjo town, Shuri in Naha city.

The stones were located nearby the Shurei...