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Iwanami Shoten and Okinawa exhibit held in Naha

Iwanami Shoten and Okinawa exhibit held in Naha

January 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 7, non-government museum Fukutsukan in Naha, which displays documents relating to the late Okinawan prominent political figure Kamejiro Senaga , started the Iwanami Shoten publisher and Okinawa exhibit.

The exhibition displays a copy of Report from Okinawa which was written by Senaga for Iwanami Paperbacks series, and unpublished manuscripts Senaga wrote for SEKAI, a Japanese monthly journal. The exhibition also shows the journal editors’...

 

Rock musician Kat-chan receives Okinawa Cultural Merit Award

Rock musician Kat-chan receives Okinawa Cultural Merit Award

December 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19 at live house Seventh Heaven in Okinawa City, a party to celebrate the awarding of the Okinawa Cultural Merit Award to Katsuhiro Kawamitsu, an Okinawan Rock legend known as “Bearded Kat-chan,” was held. Receiving the award from the rock...

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

December 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shuri Tonokura Community Association held a Nubi dedicatory ceremony at Shuri Castle on December 28. As part of the ceremony, people traditionally took water from the Heduukka River in Kunigami and presented it to the Ryukyu Kingdom’s authorities...

National Theater Okinawa introduce cultures from Miyako and Korea for its 10th anniversary

National Theater Okinawa introduce cultures from Miyako and Korea for its 10th anniversary

December 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Theater Okinawa held its 10th anniversary special performance “Sacred Songs from Miyako and Chindo Ssit-kkim-gut from Korea” and introduced contrasting folk cultures. While Miyako’s sacred songs are simply performed only...

Science Council of Japan suggests setting up national natural history museums in Okinawa and Tohoku

November 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 26, the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) proposed a plan to set up national natural history museums in Okinawa and Tohoku. The museums will be hubs for the study of natural history, and will continually collect and preserve artefacts such as fossil...

Japanese rock band The Boom performs final live show in Okinawa

Japanese rock band The Boom performs final live show in Okinawa

November 4, 2014 Tetsuo Oshiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, at the Naha Civic Center, Japanese rock band The Boom performed its final show in Okinawa. The group’s song Shima Uta, which is about Okinawa, became a worldwide hit in the 1990s. Okinawa has been a special place...

Futenmagu shrine pilgrimage parade from Ryukyu era revived

Futenmagu shrine pilgrimage parade from Ryukyu era revived

October 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 19, the 2nd Futenmagu shrine pilgrimage parade (Usanchii), one of the King’s annual events during the Ryukyu Dynasty, was held in Ginowan City and at Shurijo Castle in Naha. Along with the King and Queen, 115 citizens who dressed up as sanshikan,...

610 people take part in a prefectural convention for promoting Shimakutuba

610 people take part in a prefectural convention for promoting <em>Shimakutuba</em>

September 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Second Shimakutuba (Ryukyuan languages) Prefectural Convention titled “Connecting Okinawan Spirits Through Shimakutuba” was held, on September 20 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City. According to the organizer, about 610...

Symposium on endangered languages held to preserve the Ryukyuan languages

Symposium on endangered languages held to preserve the Ryukyuan languages

September 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City, the 18th Foundation of Endangered Languages Symposium was held. It was the first time for the event to be held in East Asia. Researchers presented the critical problem of the dying out of Ryukyuan...

Okinawa Yui Dance Promotion Council visits Mazhuancun in China

Okinawa Yui Dance Promotion Council visits Mazhuancun in China

July 30, 2014 Akiko Agarie of Ryukyu Shimpo

With the aim of deepening exchanges and bringing good cheer through Okinawan new dance culture, members of the Okinawa Yui Dance Promotion Council visited Mazhuancun in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, China, on July 29. Including Chairman Kiyoshi Miyagi,...

Fujian and Okinawan calligraphers have friendship and exchange

Fujian and Okinawan calligraphers have friendship and exchange

July 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three calligraphers, including Houn Toyohira from Okinawa, have deepened regional ties through a cultural exchange with five artists representing Fujian, China at the Fujian and Okinawa Friendship Hall in Fujian Province, China. The program was held on July 11.

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