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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 stored in a sanctuary near the community center out in front of them, 22 women paraded around the community. The women prayed to drive out evil spirits and to achieve a good harvest as they hit usudeku...

 

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...

Miruku Unke parade held to pray for good health

<em>Miruku Unke</em> parade held to pray for good health

August 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 19, a traditional ceremony called miruku unke was held at Shuri Akata-cho, Naha. A smiling maitreya and his followers walked around the community and prayed for residents’ good health.

The miruku unke ceremony was revived...

Three young people from South America eager to learn about Okinawan culture

Three young people from South America eager to learn about Okinawan culture

August 7, 2010 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 1, the opening ceremony for the 27th South America Youth Internship was held at Ginoza Village International Exchange Center. Its goal was to welcome three young people from Argentina, Brazil, and Peru who are descendants of migrants from Ginoza Village.

This...

Miyara and local children clean and repaint 730 monument

Miyara and local children clean and repaint 730 monument

August 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, Eiju Miyara from Miyara, Ishigaki and four pupils from Miyara Elementary School repainted the 730 (representing July 30) monument and cleaned the surrounding area to commemorate the anniversary of July 30, 1978, when the road rules switched from people...

Youth from Yomitan visit East Timor

Youth from Yomitan visit East Timor

August 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In June, ten young people from Yomitan Village and Takashiho Junior Chamber were sent to East Timor on a youth exchange program run by the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). On July 16, nine of them shared their experiences and impressions of East Timor...

Professor Tanaka makes a paper-craft model of Nakamura-ke

Professor Tanaka makes a paper-craft model of Nakamura-ke

August 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masaru Tanaka, professor of Yamanashi University Graduate School, whose area of research is the unique architecture of Okinawa’s housing, has created a paper-craft model of the Nakamura-ke residence, an important national cultural asset located in Kitanakagusuku...

Hundred-year tree-planting campaign started to make sanshin out of locally grown Kuroki

Hundred-year tree-planting campaign started to make <em>sanshin</em> out of locally grown <em>Kuroki</em>

July 16, 2012 Wakako Oshiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Kuroki (kuruchi or Ryukyu kokutan) is an essential material for making the famous Okinawan musical instrument, the sanshin. To change the current situation that most kuroki are imported, “Kuruchi...

First resort facility in Japan for children from Fukushima opens in Kumejima

First resort facility in Japan for children from Fukushima opens in Kumejima

July 10, 2012 Yoko Morinaga, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 8, at the Kumejima Gushikawa Farmer’s Environment Improvement Center, an opening ceremony was held for the Okinawa Kumi no Sato, the first resort facility in Japan to receive children from Fukushima who experienced the...

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