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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 is designated a Living National Treasure.

It was the first time an Okinawan has received the award. Noho Miyagi was lauded for his “performative expression through masterful technique in Kumiodori...

 

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...

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attendance reaches record high at 34,000 people

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attendance reaches record high at 34,000 people

 

September 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

September 2 was the final day of the 63rd Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival, which was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City.

Fourteen groups performed Eisa at the festival.

 

According to organizers, over...

Japan P.E.N. Club holds Day of Peace Symposium in Okinawa, speakers say Okinawa still feels anguish of war

Japan P.E.N. Club holds Day of Peace Symposium in Okinawa, speakers say Okinawa still feels anguish of war

 

May 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 20 the Japan P.E.N. Club held its 34th Day of Peace Symposium at the Okinawa Convention Center, which was themed “People, Island Life, Okinawa and Literature.”

Nine authors, poets, and journalists attended from...

Chikako Yamashiro receives prize at international film festival for Mud Man, which depicts the anguish of bearing military bases

Chikako Yamashiro receives prize at international film festival for Mud Man, which depicts the anguish of bearing military bases

May 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 8 the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen was held in Oberhausen, Germany.

There, artist and filmmaker Chikako Yamashiro from Naha City, Okinawa was awarded the Zonta Prize for female filmmakers, for her film Mud Man (Tsuchi no Hito).

The...

Yaese performance group visits Vietnam for Hue Festival

Yaese performance group visits Vietnam for Hue Festival

Yaese Lion Dance group, which consists of traditional-arts performers in Yaese town, visited Hue City in Vietnam to participate Hue Festival 2018, which opened on April 27.

The group, led by Takeshi Kamiya, visited the Hue Central Hospital to hold a workshop with Thai Nghi Duong Lion dance...