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Children of people who migrated overseas from Nishihara boast that their roots are in Okinawa

Children of people who migrated overseas from Nishihara boast that their roots are in Okinawa

December 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 4, the graduation ceremony of the 2012 Training Program for students who are children of people who emigrated from Nishihara was held at the Nishihara Chamber of Commerce. This program aims to promote international cultural exchange by accepting the children of people who emigrated. Goya Mariela Roxana from Argentina, Tamanaha Vinicius Sadao from Brazil and Sato Miyahira Jocelyn Ritsuko from Peru received their certificates from Tsunenori Namihira,...

 

New special local product Mozuku Jelly from Ie

New special local product <em>Mozuku</em> Jelly from Ie

November 18, 2012 Yukito Kinjo of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Fisheries Cooperative Association of Ie has created Iejima Mozuku Jelly containing fucoidan essence. On October 31, in order to promote the product, Ryuichi Hachimae, the president of the Association, visited Mayor Katsumasa...

Residents plan to erect John Manjiro Memorial Monument at his first landing place in Itoman

Residents plan to erect John Manjiro Memorial Monument at his first landing place in Itoman

November 27, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 21, at the Komesu Community Center in Itoman, a group was set up to plan the construction of the John Manjiro Memorial Monument at the site of his first landing at Odo in Itoman. John Manjiro, who served as an interpreter in the late Edo period also...

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,...

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...