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Kitadaito celebrates festival with a fusion of traditions

Kitadaito celebrates festival with a fusion of traditions

October 6, 2013 Junko Uechi correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Kitadaito Island celebrated the annual festival Daitogusai on September 22 and 23 to pray for bumper crops. The Daitogu Shrine has honored Amaterasu Omikami, the goddess of the sun, as the guardian deity for people on the island since its early days. The villagers hold the festival every year. It is a unique event with a fusion of the traditions of Okinawa and the main islands of Japan, including rituals, a portable shrine...

 

Noguchigera spotted in Nago for first time in four years

<em>Noguchigera</em> spotted in Nago for first time in four years

October 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A male noguchigera Okinawa woodpecker was confirmed as having been seen in Nago-dake in Nago in the morning of September 28. This sighting is the first time in over four years. The noguchigera is designated as a special national treasure and...

Traditional Chinese and Japanese parades performed during full moon festival

Traditional Chinese and Japanese parades performed during full moon festival

A full moon festival was held in the square in front of the Tomimori Community Center in Yaese on September 22. The town’s intangible cultural heritage parades: Tunchu junei (Chinese), Yamatonchu junei (Japanese) and Yonshi (women’s) were held. The parades depicted colorful...

Minami Daito Village to revive sugarcane train

September 22, 2013 Shogaku Umeda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Minami Daito Village Office plans to revive the train that until 1983 was used to transport sugarcane on Minami Daito Island.

The office hopes to increase the number of tourists visiting the island, which is located approximately...

Mid-Autumn Feast from Ryukyu Dynasty revived

Mid-Autumn Feast from Ryukyu Dynasty revived

September 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 21 and 22, the Mid-Autumn Feast held during the Ryukyu Dynasty was held in the Una forecourt of Shurijo Castle Park in Naha. On the opening day, four masters of the traditional performing arts who have the status of Living National Treasure...

93-year-old woman calls for no more war

93-year-old woman calls for no more war

September 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a meeting entitled “Norihide Cafe” held in Adaniya, Kitanakagusuku, Toshie Asato, a 93-year-old survivor of the Battle of Okinawa called for there to be no more war. She lost her four-year-old son Norihide during the war. The women’s peace...

Naha Daiko performs eisa dance in Vietnam

Naha Daiko performs <em>eisa</em> dance in Vietnam

September 3, Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine members of the Naha Daiko, a drum group from Okinawa, performed their stirring dances at the “Hoi An – Japan Festival 2013” in Hoi An City in Vietnam on August 24 and 25.

After Naha City helped Hoi An to resolve waste-related issues, interaction...

Nago the “Home of Agu

Nago the “Home of <em>Agu</em>

September 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago City declared itself to be the “Home of Agu” on September 1. Through the years it has worked to save and promote the Okinawan native pig known as agu, which used to be threatened by extinction. A statue of an agu pig...

Children scream in “Haunted House”

Children scream in

August 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 18, the Obake (ghost) Night Museum was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. Eight ghosts, which were selected from about 1,000 evil spirit characters created for the museum by children, appeared in the haunted house set up in the museum. Many children...

Miyagi and Fukushima children come across tsunami debris on Ie-jima

Miyagi and Fukushima children come across tsunami debris on Ie-jima

August 13, 2013 Yukito Kinjo, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 8, a lifebuoy drifted from Miyagi Prefecture was found on the sandy beach in Ara, Ie-jima Island. Forty pupils from Fukushima and Miyagi elementary and junior high schools were surprised to see it. They visited the island...

Tonaki Island holds children’s annual water sports festival

Tonaki Island holds children's annual water sports festival

July 28, 2013 Nana Sasahara, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The 95th Tonaki Water Sports Day for Children was held recently at the Higashi no hama on Tonaki Island. Many children and residents, including 30 children and pupils from Tonaki School (kindergarten, elementary and junior high school)...

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