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Traditional Pantou event held in Miyakojima with mud smeared on people to drive away bad luck

Traditional <em>Pantou</em> event held in Miyakojima with mud smeared on people to drive away bad luck

October 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A traditional pantou event, in which “gods” covered with mud and grass smear mud on people or things in order to drive away bad luck, was held on October 2 and 3 in the Hirara Shimajiri district of Miyakojima City. In Japan, this traditional event is designated as an important intangible cultural asset.

Every year, Shimajiri pantou “gods” visit the village on a lucky day of the lunar calendar in September. On that day, three...

 

Miyu returns in November after recovering well

Miyu returns in November after recovering well

September 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyu Kaname, a 13 year-old girl from Urasoe City, will return home on November 7. She has recovered well from heart transplant surgery carried out this April at Columbia University Hospital in New York to correct her restrictive cardiomyopathy. After she returns...

Japan Nuclear Fuel considered Yaeyama as a repository for radioactive waste

Japan Nuclear Fuel considered Yaeyama as a repository for radioactive waste

September 25, 2011 Tsuyoshi Arakaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

In 1980, Sachio Inoue, then a senior advisor of “Nuclear Fuel Services” (now Nuclear Fuel, Rokkasho-mura, Aomori Prefecture), visited Okinawa to look into the building of a facility “on the island of Yaeyama” for the final disposal...

Ferry bringing commodities arrives at Kita and Minami Daito islands after 18 days

Ferry bringing commodities arrives at Kita and Minami Daito islands after 18 days

September 23, 2011 Yoko Ikeda and Junko Uechi, correspondents of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of September 22, the ferry Daito arrived at Kita and Minami Daito for the first time in 18 days, after several sailings had been cancelled because Typhoon No. 15 had lingered in the Okinawa area since...

<Respect for the Aged Day>Ninety year-old Oshiro has lived with kasuri splash-pattern textile in a straight line for 77 years

<Respect for the Aged Day>Ninety year-old Oshiro has lived with kasuri splash-pattern textile in a straight line for 77 years

September 19, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sitting on a weaving machine by the window where she can look out over a patch of loofah gourds, 90 year-old Toshi Oshiro of the Motobu district of Haebaru Town works away skillfully adding kasuri splash-patterns to the textile. She is still actively engaged...

Itoman tug-of-war held to pray for abundance and fertility

Itoman tug-of-war held to pray for abundance and fertility

September 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
On August 15 in the old lunar calendar or September 12 in the modern calendar, harvest festivals to pray for a good year were held throughout the prefecture. In the Itoman district of Itoman City, Itoman Ozunahiki, one of the three grand tugs-of-war...

Okinawa’s population estimated to exceed 1.4 million

Okinawa’s population estimated to exceed 1.4 million

August 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to population estimates published by the Statistics Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government on August 31, as of August 1, Okinawa’s population had reached 1400171 people. This figure is based on a survey of the increases and decreases in...

Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrates 85th anniversary by honoring forerunners’ efforts

Brazil Okinawa <em>Kenjin-Kai</em> celebrates 85th anniversary by honoring forerunners’ efforts

August 29, 2011 Hisao Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrated the 85th anniversary of its founding with about 700 people of Okinawan origin attending at the Kenjin-Kai Hall in Sao Paulo City, Brazil, on August 27 local time. The...

Argentina Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrates 60th Anniversary

Argentina Okinawa <em>Kenjin-Kai</em> celebrates 60th Anniversary

August 27, 2011 Hisao Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

On August 25 local time, at the Kenjin-Kai Hall, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 250 people of Okinawan origin attended the Argentina Okinawa Kenjin-Kai’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of its foundation....

Iejima-rum surges in popularity to enjoy large sales

Iejima-rum surges in popularity to enjoy large sales

August 18, 2011 Yukihito Kinjo, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Sales of Ie-rum Santa Maria made from sugar cane grown on Iejima that started in July are going well.
Very little stock remains in the shop and the factory and for Internet orders.

Many shoppers who visited the Ie Bussan...

Veteran alleges that U.S. military buried Agent Orange in Chatan

Veteran alleges that U.S. military buried Agent Orange in Chatan

August 14, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A former member of the U.S. military, a 61 year-old veteran who was stationed on Okinawa and now lives in United States, has said that in 1969 the U.S. military buried several dozen 55-gallon (208-liter) drums containing dioxin defoliant along the sea of Chatan...

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