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Yoga practice at ruins of Chinen Castle

Yoga practice at ruins of Chinen Castle

September 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 29, a Yoga event, “Yoga in Amamikiyo”, was held at the ruins of Chinen Castle in Nanjo. Participants stretched in a relaxed manner, while being healed by the sounds of birdsong, and a breeze that rustled the trees around the ruins.

This event was held as a part of Nanjo City’s wellness events program. It was the first time it has been held at the ruins of the Castle.

The site of the ruins is located in the Chinen...

 

Henoko tug-of-war attracts 2500 people

Henoko tug-of-war attracts 2500 people

September 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 30 at the Henoko Ground in the Henoko district of Nago City, a traditional tug-of-war event was held. Participants in the Henoko tug-of-war were divided into two groups, east and west, and faced off twice. The East group won the competition, after winning...

Angama celebrates return of ancestral spirits on Ishigaki’s Unke

Angama celebrates return of ancestral spirits on Ishigaki's Unke

August 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 26, the first day of Okinawa’s Obon, called Unke in Ishigaki City, a traditional Yaeyama ceremony, Angama, was held throughout the community. Messengers from Guso (afterlife), Ushumai (an old man) and Nmii (an old woman) brought Fama (descendants)...

Three Ryukyu brown hawk owl babies found in Nago castle

Three Ryukyu brown hawk owl babies found in Nago castle

August 5, 2015 Mitsuo Kochi Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Three Ryukyu brown hawk owls born in a Nago Castle forest have taken off from their nest. The nest was submerged in the quiet and dark forest. People started to see baby owls from the beginning of July and heard them sing “chi-li-li-li”,...

Performers and audience come together to enjoy kachashi dance contest

Performers and audience come together to enjoy kachashi dance contest

August 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 27th Tobinsu Haninsu Kachashi Contest was held on August 9 at Ginowan Seaside Park in Ginowan.

Forty-nine individuals and 23 groups took part in the contest, with people of all ages participating, from children to the elderly. The performers and the...

Okinawa City’s population reaches 140,000 people

Okinawa City's population reaches 140,000 people

August 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa City (former Koza City) hung a banner on August 4 marking the milestone of the city’s population growing to 140,000.

The city is located near U.S. Kadena Air Base. In 1974, two years after Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Koza City and Misato...

Habu-hunter Makishi opens a photo exhibit

Habu-hunter Makishi opens a photo exhibit

July 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Master-hand at Habu hunting from Mihara Nago City, Yasuhiro Makishi has opened an exhibit at the Wansaka Oura Park displaying pictures of habu and other wildlife. The exhibition is called “Habu and Friends in the Forest: Photo Exhibit of Habu and Rare Creatures...

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

July 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 22nd Miyakufutsu speech contest was held on July 12 at Matida Municipal Theater in Miyakojima.
Seven men and women from 27-year-olds to 66-year-olds performed their speeches on stage in Miyakufutu, the dialect of Miyakojima. With many stories of humor,...

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

July 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 22nd Miyakufutsu speech contest was held on July 12 at Matida Municipal Theater in Miyakojima.
Seven men and women from 27-year-olds to 66-year-olds performed their speeches on stage in Miyakufutu, the dialect of Miyakojima. With many stories of humor,...

300 participants enjoy annual kite festival in Ishigaki

300 participants enjoy annual kite festival in Ishigaki

June 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, the Wakanatsu National Kite Festival in Ishigaki was held at the Intercontinental ANA Ishigaki Resort Maesato Golf Course for the first time in Okinawa. Three hundred kites, from all over Japan and in all different shapes and sizes, were displayed in...

Endangered birds fly on Oura Bay

Endangered birds fly on Oura Bay

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, roseate terns, black-naped terns and little tern birds listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species were sighted on Oura Bay in Nago. They were searching for fish.

It appears that roseate terns and black-naped terns breed on...