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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 in 2015 and will run through 2019. It aims to revitalize lost techniques and use them to create 65 works from eight different artistic fields including painting, wood-carving, stone carving, lacquer...

 

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...

Efforts to preserve eight endangered languages discussed at summit in Yoron

Efforts to preserve eight endangered languages discussed at summit in Yoron

November 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naoki Isa Reporting from Yoron, Kagoshima

The 2016 Yoron Endangered Languages and Dialects Summit was held at the Yoron Community Gymnasium in Yoron, Kagoshima on October 13. It was hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Kagoshima Prefecture, and...

Celebration performance for 85 year-old national treasure Choichi Terukina

Celebration performance for 85 year-old national treasure Choichi Terukina

November 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo  

A performance was held to celebrate an 84 year-old national treasure in Ryukyu classical music, Choichi Terukina, on November 3 at the National Theater Okinawa. Titled “Fly!! Uta-sanshin 2016 Terukina Choichi celebration performance, makoto-hitotsu, bond...

Dazzling Ryukyu Beauty on Display at Okinawan Bingata Exhibit in Washington D.C.

Dazzling Ryukyu Beauty on Display at Okinawan Bingata Exhibit in Washington D.C.

November 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

From Special Correspondent Sakae Toiyama in Washington
The first ever overseas bingata exhibit titled, “Bingata! Only in Okinawa,” was unveiled at the George Washington University Museum’s Textile Museum in Washington D.C. on November 5.

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Ancient Roman and Ottoman copper coins unearthed for the first time in Japan at Katsuren Castle, possibly from maritime trade

Ancient Roman and Ottoman copper coins unearthed for the first time in Japan at Katsuren Castle, possibly from maritime trade

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[Uruma] Coins which appear to be from Roman Empire in the...

International Academic Conference in China considers shared historical recognition of the Ryukyu Kingdom

International Academic Conference in China considers shared historical recognition of the Ryukyu Kingdom

May 16, 2016 Tsuyoshi Arakaki in Beijing

On May 15 at Beijing University in China, the Second Ryukyu Okinawa Frontier Issue International Academic Conference was held for historians from Okinawa and China. The conference examined the history and current issues of Ryukyu/Okinawa. On the first...

Pantu in Miyako to be Nominated for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Pantu in Miyako to be Nominated for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

February 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government decided to nominate seven prefectures’ cultural events, including Miyako island’s Pantu, for intangible cultural heritage designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In Miyako’s Pantu, local...

“Peace Poetry” initiative to share Okinawan spirit with the world

December 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Ryukyu Shimpo Culture section’s Yasutake Onaha reports

The Ryukyu Shimpo is starting an initiative to collect poems that reflect aspects of Okinawa’s spiritual culture. Cultural aspects to be included in the poems include the desire for peace symbolized...

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