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500 people enjoyed goat fighting on Sesoko-jima

500 people enjoyed goat fighting on Sesoko-jima

May 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4, at the Nakata Shokai in Sesoko, Motobu, goat fighting, or pijaorasai was held. Approximately 500 people from the town and visitors gathered and watched goat-fighting as they enjoyed goat sashimi and goat soup.

Twenty goats from Motobu Town and Nago City participated. Raising both forelimbs, the goats fought in a dynamic way as they lowered their bodies and hit their horns against their opponents. Some made friends with their opponent and others...

 

One-hundred-year-old Dr. Tanaka celebrates with 150 people

One-hundred-year-old Dr. Tanaka celebrates with 150 people

May 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginowan Rotary Club held a party to celebrate Dr. Yoshio Tanaka reaching his 100th year. Dr. Tanaka is currently 99 years old. One hundred and fifty people gathered to celebrate at the party.

Tanaka was born in Taiwan in 1918. He learned about a shortage of...

Residents decorate Nakagusuku castle ruins with fourteen shisa

Residents decorate Nakagusuku castle ruins with fourteen shisa

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The association of landscaping with shisa placed fourteen shisa in front of the Nakagusuku castle ruins on March 29. This is the fourth project in which they have placed shisa statues after the Adaniya intersection, the Ogido old bus stop, and the Nakagusuku Kitanakagusuku...

Establishment of Web Histreet: search postwar Okinawa history articles via a website

Establishment of Web Histreet: search postwar Okinawa history articles via a website

April 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Okinawa] This past March, the City History Editorial Officers of Okinawa City established “Web Histreet,” the Okinawa City Postwar Data Digital Archive, a website that promotes various resources regarding the city’s postwar history. The site enables people...

Okinawan-Hawaiian Shiroma, whose family emigrated four generations ago, asks for information about relatives of his great grandfather Taru

Okinawan-Hawaiian Shiroma, whose family emigrated four generations ago, asks for information about relatives of his great grandfather Taru

March 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Musician Ian Shiroma, 42, an Okinawan-Hawaiian who lives in Aichi Prefecture and whose family emigrated to Hawaii four generations ago, is looking for relatives who may live in Okinawa.

His great grandfather Taru Shiroma was from Nishihara, and it seems that...

Family of victims of “collective self-determination” pray for peace in Chibichiri-gama cave in Yomitan

Family of victims of “collective self-determination

April 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, in the dark of Chibichiri-gama cave at Hanza, Yomitan, where more than 80 villagers were driven to “mass suicide” (compulsory group suicide) on April 2, 1945, a memorial service was held by the Bereaved Family Association.

More than...

Special award for Okinawan group performing Eisa dance for disaster-affected Tohoku

Special award for Okinawan group performing Eisa dance for disaster-affected Tohoku

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Tohoku Eisa Project” , which consists of people from Young Men’s Association of Kitanakagusuku village, received a special award from the Japan Seinendan Council. The Japan Seinen OB Prefectural Assembly Prize for Encouragement is a special award...

Cheers for cute white lion cub at Okinawa Zoo

Cheers for cute white lion cub at Okinawa Zoo

March 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 26, at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Goya, Okinawa City, a welcome ceremony for a male white lion cub from the Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima was held.

White lions are rare and can only be seen in eight zoos in the country. Many parents and children...

Whales bounce off the coast of Zamami Island

Whales bounce off the coast of Zamami Island

March 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hirokazu Otsubo

Three whales jumped out of the water in a spectacular display near Fukaji Island, Zamami Village.
The scene was captured by Yasushi Sakurai, 56, from a ship on the morning of March 9.

It was his seventh year visiting Zamami,...

Pipe organ at church in Chatan revives its timbre

Pipe organ at church in Chatan revives its timbre

February 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In January, a pipe organ in Chatan All Soul’s Church in Yoshihara was overhauled for the first time since its installation. Thousands of parts such as bellows using sheepskin and reeds were all fixed. Organist Nobuko Itosu, who held a recital on the 26th using...

Community missing Takae junior high school closing after 68 years

Community missing Takae junior high school closing after 68 years

February 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takae Junior High School in Higashi village held a closing ceremony to farewell the community after 68 years on February 4. Approximately 150 people including current students, alumni, and local residents gathered for the closing of the school. The Takae Junior...