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OPG opens Shimakutuba Promotion Center

OPG opens Shimakutuba Promotion Center

 

September 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 12, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) held an opening ceremony for the “Shimakutuba Promotion Center,” which plays a core role in encouraging the use of Shimakutuba, at the OPGʻs Culture Promotion Division.

The Prefectural Cultural Association manages the Center, consisting of a part-time director and four full-time staff.

Professor Emeritus of the Prefectural University of...

 

Eisa Dance Parade of 10,000 held in the hot sun

Eisa Dance Parade of 10,000 held in the hot sun

August 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 23rd Ten Thousand Eisa Dance Parade was held on August 6 on Kokusai Street in Naha.

In the scorching sun with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius, approximately four thousand people gave heroic performances.

The same 66 organizations that...

Photographer Azuma won the grand prize in Japan Portrait Photographer’s Association contest

Photographer Azuma won the grand prize in Japan Portrait Photographer’s Association contest

July 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shinji Sano

Photographer Kunisada Azuma from Nago City won the grand prize out of 100 entries in the 70th Japan Portrait Photographers Association (JPPA) Exhibition held on June 5. It is the second time the award has gone to an Okinawan in 19 years. The...

A documentary film about Kamejiro Senaga to be released in August

A documentary film about Kamejiro Senaga to be released in August

June 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12 at Sakurazaka Theatre in Naha City, documentary film “Kamejiro, the man the U.S. military was most afraid of” (directed by Takahiko Sako) will be preliminarily screened. The documentary is about politician Kamejiro Senaga who stood firm in protest...

Actor Mitsushima talks about anti-war movie Star Sand, shot in Iejima

Actor Mitsushima talks about anti-war movie Star Sand, shot in Iejima

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A movie depicting the spirit of non-combat, Star Sand, which was shot in Ie Island, was screened at the Sakurazaka Theater in Naha city on June 21. The movie told the story of American and Japanese deserters and a girl on an island of Okinawa during the war. The...

Maeda Escarpment used as the main stage of “Hacksaw Ridge.”

Maeda Escarpment used as the main stage of “Hacksaw Ridge.”

June 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 18, non-profit organization Urasoe History Guide Friends’ Society conducted a tour of a bloody battlefield around Urasoe Gusuku. The tour included Maeda Escarpment, the set of director Mel Gibson’s movie “Hacksaw Ridge” in which the main character...

94-year-old model from Iejima becomes Instagram sensation with 36000 followers

94-year-old model from Iejima becomes Instagram sensation with 36000 followers

June 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A “grandma-model,” 94-year old Emiko Toguchi from Ie village and living in Hyogo Prefecture, wears colorful costumes and a pretty smile, attracting fans from all over the world. Since her 36-year old granddaughter Chinami Mori posted a photo of her grandmother...

A film about Aguni’s “bone washing” wins top award at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

A film about Aguni’s “bone washing” wins top award at Short Shorts Film Festival  & Asia

June 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 11 at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017 held in Tokyo and Yokohama from June 1st, a film “born, bone, bo-on,” which was directed by Gori of Garage Sale won the top award in the Official Competition Japan category. The film deals with the...

New Species Discovered in Oura Bay and Kin Bay, but Habitat in Danger from Base Construction

Febraury 21, 2017 (Original article July 23, 2016) by Ryukyu Shimpo

Assistant Professor Takuma Fujii from the Amami Station in Kagoshima University’s Research Center for the Pacific Islands and Associate Professor James Davis Reimer from the Ryukyu University’s Graduate School of Engineering...

Removed during the early Showa Era, 26 Ryukyuan skeletons found at Kyoto University

Removed during the early Showa Era, 26 Ryukyuan skeletons found at Kyoto University

February 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi 

At least 26 sets of human skeletons, which had been removed from the Mumujana Grave in Unten of Nakijin Village by anthropological researchers during the early Showa Era, were found at Kyoto University. The skeletons had been preserved...

East Asia Publishers Conference in Okinawa addresses reviving an East Asian reading community

East Asia Publishers Conference in Okinawa addresses reviving an East Asian reading community

November 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, publishers from six regions in East Asia (namely Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Okinawa) gathered together for a public symposium in Conference Building B of the Okinawa Convention Center (OCC) in Ginowan City. The symposium...

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