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Big harvest festival held in Tomigusuku

Big harvest festival held in Tomigusuku

September 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A big harvest festival, in which Maitreya or future Buddha is received in Year of the Hare or the Year of the Rooster is held once every six years, this time in Umai, Bin, Tomigusuku City on September 24. Machibo, a type of bojutsu (staff-wielding) dating back about 200 years was also performed.

Spectators were excited when the gong was struck to signal the start of machibo as about 160 men entered the venue.

Two-men bojutsu...

 

Kathe Kollwitz’s art exhibition held in Beijing

Kathe Kollwitz’s art exhibition held in Beijing

September 18, 2011 Shoichiro Yonamine, reporter of Ryukyu Shimpo, in Beijing

An exhibition of art works by Kathe Kollwitz in the possession of the Sakima Art Museum is being held at the Lu Xun Museum in Beijing from September 17 to October 9 to celebrate the 130th anniversary of birth of Lu...

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...

Mid-Autumn Celebration held at Shurijo Castle Park

Mid-Autumn Celebration held at Shurijo Castle Park

September 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On a moonlit night on September 10, the 18th Shurijo Castle Park Mid-Autumn Celebration (organized by the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park) was held at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha City.

On the special stage lit up in the Una Forecourt in...

Three performers of Okinawan origin win the top awards in the Ryukyu Classical Art Contest

Three performers of Okinawan origin win the top awards in the Ryukyu Classical Art Contest

September 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the 46th Ryukyu Classical Art Contest (sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo), held in August, three performers of Okinawan origin from Brazil and the United States were awarded passes in the top award section of the ryubu or Ryukyu Classical Dance. They are Satoru...

Documentary movie set in Miyako Islands wins prize at Locarno International Film Festival

Documentary movie set in Miyako Islands wins prize at Locarno International Film Festival

August 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sketches of Myahk (directed by Koichi Onishi), a documentary movie focusing on the spiritual songs passed on through the ages in the Miyako Islands was awarded Special Mention of the Critics Week Jury 2011, a second Grand Prize in the category of Critics’...

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