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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 the town of Yoron. Experts on the eight languages in Japan considered in danger of becoming extinct by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported on and discussed...

 

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...

Sanabe receives Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation Award

Sanabe receives Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation Award

July 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation held its 19th award ceremony at Mitsukoshi Theater in the Chuo district of Tokyo on July 7. Thirty-five-year old Ryukyu dance grand master Yoshikazu Sanabe from Ryukyu Buyo Seibukai received the award. The award is given to...

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