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Orphans from Mongolia hold a charity performance in Okinawa

Orphans from Mongolia hold a charity performance in Okinawa

November 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 22, a group of 16 children from an orphanage in Mongolia called “Children of the Sun,” gave a charity performance at Okinawa Shogaku High School. In addition to playing the traditional Mongolian stringed instrument called the matouqin, they performed a nomadic people’s dance and acrobatics. The local students were captivated by the performances.

Tomoko Teruya, a former student of Okinawa Shogaku High School and president...

 

Dolphin fish dried in preparation for winter

Dolphin fish dried in preparation for winter

November 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Ginama Fishing Port in Kunigami, work has begun to sun-dry funuyu or dolphin fish, which are popular in winter. On November 16, curtains of fleshy dolphin fish were hung out in the early winter sunlight.

October to December is the season to catch...

Seika sausage wins top award in the Fish 1 Grand Prix in Itoman

Seika sausage wins top award in the Fish 1 Grand Prix in Itoman

November 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 18, the award ceremony for the Fish 1 Grand Prix was held at the sea park in Itoman. It is an event held as part of the Festa 2012 aimed at creating a rich sea off Okinawa. The Mizumi Co., located in Nanjo won the Grand Prix among a total of 26 exhibitors...

Volunteers from Japan and abroad bring the energy of young people to Yona, Kunigami

Volunteers from Japan and abroad bring the energy of young people to Yona, Kunigami

November 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seven youth volunteers visited Yona and Kunigami from Japan and abroad. On November 6, they made amidaki (bamboo fences) and participated in mowing the grass on roads, harvesting crops, and community sports festival with the local residents of Yona and...

Pikarya cookie launched

<em>Pikarya</em> cookie launched

November 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 1, the mascot character cookie called Pikarya, designed to look like the Iriomote yamaneko (wildcat), was launched. The town hopes that it will become a new souvenir.

Yuru-Kyara is an original mascot character used...

Spectacular parade at Yaese for full moon festival

Spectacular parade at Yaese for full moon festival

October 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 7 at Tomimori in Yaese, a full moon festival was held in the square in front of the local community center. The town’s intangible cultural heritage, Tunchu junei (Chinese parade) and Yamatonchu junei (Japanese parade) were performed....

Traditional sabani manufacturing process replicated for future generations

Traditional <em>sabani</em> manufacturing process replicated for future generations

October 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The non-profit organization called Hamasuuki, which is based in Nishizaki, Itoman, and runs the Itoman Uminchu Koubou Museum and Arts and Craft Center, was commissioned by the Ocean Expo Park to manufacture two traditional Okinawan sabani canoes. On October...

Women solemnly dedicate traditional dance Chibana Usudeku

Women solemnly dedicate traditional dance <em>Chibana Usudeku</em>

October 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 30, which is August 15 in the lunar calendar, the dedicatory dance usudeku, which was first performed more than three centuries years ago, was performed in Chibana, Okinawa City. With a shishi (effigy of a lion-dog), which had been...

Daughter makes kimono for mother’s beiju celebration

Daughter makes kimono for mother's beiju celebration

September 28, 2012 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the night of September 22, a celebration was held for Kikue Akamine at her home in Yakena, Yonashiro, in Uruma, to mark her 88th birthday (as calculated in the East Asian age system), which is known as beiju. Her daughter Asae...

August dance festival held on Tarama wishing for a good harvest

August dance festival held on Tarama wishing for a good harvest

September 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From September 23 (or August 8 in the lunar calendar) to September 25, the August dance festival, which is designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, was held on Tarama-jima. On the opening day, local people dedicated traditional performances...

Irabu Dialects Dictionary presented to Miyakojima Mayor

Irabu Dialects Dictionary presented to Miyakojima Mayor

September 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 11, members of the Irabu Branch of the Miyako City Senior Club visited Mayor Toshihiko Shimoji at the Miyako-jima Municipal Office in Hirara and presented him with a compilation of Irabu dialects, Irabu panali and sumautsu: Indigenous people’s...