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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 and Science have announced the discovery of Sphenopus exilis, a new species of the genus Sphenopus. This discovery was made in 2016 in Oura Bay and Kin Bay off the eastern coast of Okinawa Island....

 

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...

Agarie family hosts celebration for Japanese immigrants in Argentina

Agarie family hosts celebration for Japanese immigrants in Argentina

October 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japanese immigrants who took root in Argentina over 100 years ago were celebrated at the Teatro Greison in Monte Grande, located in the southern suburbs of Greater Buenos Aires on August 7. The tribute was planned by Dr. Roberto Agarie (doctor or forensic medicine...

Ryukyuan dance displayed in China at 2016 Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival

Ryukyuan dance displayed in China at 2016 Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival

August 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Performing Arts Federation sent a delegation of Ryukyuan dancers to the 2016 Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival, which was held from July 29 to August 2 at Chengdu City of Sichuan, China. Okinawan traditional performing arts were...

Discovery of oldest East Asian full-body human skeleton at Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins

Discovery of oldest East Asian full-body human skeleton at Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins

July 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Gaisho Yonekura

On June 30 the Okinawa Prefectural Buried Cultural Property Center announced to concerned persons its latest excavation discovery of a 21,000 year-old full-body human skeleton at Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins. This skeleton is the oldest...

Fundraising for ancient Ryukyuan sailing experiment reaches 20 million yen

Fundraising for ancient Ryukyuan sailing experiment reaches 20 million yen

April 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

An online fundraising campaign in support of a project organized by the National Museum of Nature and Science (NMNS) reached its goal of 20 million yen on April 4. The project, which is called a “Full Verification of 30,000-year-old Navigation”, aims to verify...

X-ray analysis of manufacturing process of Ryukyu crafts

X-ray analysis of manufacturing process of Ryukyu crafts

January 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 12, using state-of-the-art equipment, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum has been carrying out X-ray examinations of more than 50 pieces of crafts made during the Ryukyu Kingdom era.

On January 14, the museum disclosed the examination...

Endangered Languages Summit in Okinawa to discuss 8 UNESCO-listed languages

Endangered Languages Summit in Okinawa to discuss 8 UNESCO-listed languages

September 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 18 at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, an “Endangered Languages and Dialects Summit” was held. People concerned about the dying out of eight languages listed as endangered by UNESCO discussed how the languages could be passed down to...

Ryukyuan ritual Momoso-omono-mairi reenacted in Shuri Castle Park

Ryukyuan ritual <em>Momoso-omono-mairi</em> reenacted in Shuri Castle Park

January 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, the Okinawa Memorial Park recreated the Momoso–mono-mairi, one of the traditional rituals that used to be performed at Shuri Castle six times a year during the Ryukyu Kingdom period.

The ritual involves noro or female...

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...

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