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Mikito Ikehara will make indigo dyes in prewar pots he found in Izumi

Mikito Ikehara will make indigo dyes in prewar pots he found in Izumi

 

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Maki Nagamine

 

Mikito Ikehara, an indigo dye artist from Izumi, Motobu Town who handles the refining of Ryukyu indigo, has begun practicing a traditional dyeing process by using pots presumably made before the war.

Three indigo pots that have been buried in the ground for at least 50 years were dug out in April this year.

Ikehara plans to start using them in the summer. He has been working with Ryukyu indigo for...

 

The most beautiful frog species in Japan found in mysterious blue

The most beautiful frog species in Japan found in mysterious blue

 

April 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Kazuo Minato, a 59- year-old animal photographer from Nishihara town, found a blue Okinawa Ishikawagaeru (Odorrana ishikawae) which he managed to capture in a close-range photo.

It is said that the species is Japan’s most beautiful...

Eisa Hall opens in Okinawa city for visitors to practice

Eisa Hall opens in Okinawa city for visitors to practice

 

March 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

An opening ceremony for Eisa Hall was held at Koza Music Town in Okinawa city on March 25, with many citizens attending the ceremony. The facility is expected to play a role as a comprehensive information hub...

Ginoza trainees report back on their cultural exchange findings

Ginoza trainees report back on their cultural exchange findings

 

March 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On March 15, the 2017 World Ginozanchu Exchange Program Presentation was held at the Ginoza Village Public Hall where approximately 80 people gathered. Hibiki Yasutomi, 27, and Lania Shinzato Hinako, 22, who traveled...

Parent and child humpback whales spotted in Oura Bay

Parent and child humpback whales spotted in Oura Bay

March 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On both March 11 and 12, a parent and child humpback whales were spotted swimming in Oura Bay.

Since the pair were not spotted on March 13, it seems that they moved onto the open ocean.

The pair were seen showing their backs above water...

Uza weaves hanaui to celebrate granddaughters’ coming-of-age

Uza weaves hanaui to celebrate granddaughters' coming-of-age

February 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shimizu Yuri

Eighty-three-year-old Sumi Uza of the Yuntanza-hanaui Industry Cooperative has woven four Yuntanza-hanaui long-sleeved kimono for her four granddaughters to celebrate their coming-of-age, starting with the eldest 15 years ago. In January,...

Sakura the Hokkaido horse performed solidly at Ryukyuan horse racing

Sakura the Hokkaido horse performed solidly at Ryukyuan horse racing

 

February 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

N’maharashi, the Ryukyuan traditional horse racing in which horses compete in beauty, speed, and running-rhythm categories, was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in Goya, Okinawa city on February 11.

Twenty-six horses from...

Purple Ipe as a symbol of appreciation

Purple Ipe as a symbol of appreciation

 

February 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In hopes of sending them as a token of his appreciation to those who have supported the cultural exchange, Okinawa Brazil Network Amigo Association President Akihiro Yonashiro, age 74, has been growing more than 200 pots of Ipe, or...

Yuntanza-hanaui incorporated in university academic regalia for first OIST graduation ceremony

Yuntanza-hanaui incorporated in university academic regalia for first OIST graduation ceremony

 

February 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 24, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) will hold its first graduation ceremony since it opened in 2014. OIST has recently collaborated with the Yuntanza-hanaui Industry Cooperative...

Humpback whale family enjoys swiming in harbor in Tokashiki

Humpback whale family enjoys swiming in harbor in Tokashiki

February 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

As whale watching season reaches its peak, a family of humback whales was found swimming in the harbor near Tokashiki island for about four hours from 10:00 a.m. on February 14.

The family of whales was seen around Gusukujima and the Tokashiki...

Newly selected sixth-generation Hokuzan king and queen promote Nakijin

Newly selected sixth-generation Hokuzan king and queen promote Nakijin

 

February 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A thirty-eight year-old Genki Taguchi and twenty-five year-old Nozomi Uema have been chosen to be the sixth-generation Hokuzan king and queen, who will promote Nakijin village.

The unveiling ceremony for the king and queen was...

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