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New “king and queen” selected at Shurijo Castle Park event

New “king and queen

September 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Selection of a new “king” and “queen” took place at the event “Mid-Autumn Feast” held in the Una forecourt of Shurijo Castle in Naha on September 22. Thirty five-year-old Masaya Koami was chosen in the role of “king” and Juri Shiohira as “queen.” Koami lives and works in Motobu and Shiroma in Itoman. Their first job will be to attend a swearing-in ceremony on October 26 in which the Sapposhi or envoy of the Chinese Emperor...

 

Film “Ryukyu through eyes of a Chinese envoy” wins Eibunren Award 2013

Film

September 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Documentary film “Ryukyu through the eyes of Chinese envoy Xu Bao Guang” has been selected as one of seven special excellent works in the Eibunren Award 2013. Eibunren is organization of short film producers in Japan. The film depicts the food culture...

Okinawan drum group wins top award in Busan Travel Fair

Okinawan drum group wins top award in Busan Travel Fair

September 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha based drum group Ryukaji won the top award in the 16th Busan International Travel Fair 2013 held on September 8 in the South Korean city. The leader of the group, Itsumu Tobaru, 22, who attended the ceremony the next day, was delighted, saying, “We...

110th anniversary of birth of great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi

110th anniversary of birth of great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi

September 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo held an event in the evening of September 7 to commemorate the 110th anniversary of birth of the great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi. Held in Izumizaki, Naha and attended by about 450 people, it also celebrated the 120th anniversary of the...

Golden Dragons, auspicious clouds on the pillars in Shurijo Castle

Golden Dragons, auspicious clouds on the pillars in Shurijo Castle

August 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Repair work on the pillars of the Seiden (State Hall) in Shurijo Castle, which began in February, has reached the final stage. The painting of golden dragons and auspicious clouds on the pillars by craftsmen began on August 26 and will end in early September. Four...

Peaceful Love Rock in Okinawa City

Peaceful Love Rock in Okinawa City

July 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 1,600 rock fans crowded into the Okinawa City Open Air Stage on July 14, in the final day of the 31st Peaceful Love Rock Festival 2013. Ten bands from Okinawa and other prefectures took part and this year Rock N’ Roll Band Murasaki was the last performer....

Uchinaguchi educational CD now available for sale

<em>Uchinaguchi</em> educational CD now available for sale

July 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

An Uchinaguchi educational CD entitled “Uchinaguchi Learning Beginning Level” became available on July 5 from made-in-okinawa.com. Okinawan actor Masao Hachiki appears in the CD and does the instruction. Similar to English language educational...

Okinawa International Movie Festival to kick off on March 23

Okinawa International Movie Festival to kick off on March 23

February 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival will be held from March 23 to 30 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan and various other venues. At a special press conference held at the headquarters of Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., in Tokyo on February 19, many comedians,...

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko commemorates 30th anniversary

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko commemorates 30th anniversary

February 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, a performance commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Okinawan eisa taiko ensemble Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko was held at the Okinawa City Hall. A total of 350 performers including 60 from 30 branches in Japan outside of Okinawa, and...

Traditional Kumi-odori preservation organization incorporated

Traditional <em>Kumi-odori</em> preservation organization incorporated

February 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 29, the Dento Kumi-odori Hozonkai, a voluntary organization to which the professionals of kumi-odori or traditional Okinawan musical belong, was designated as a general incorporated association by the government. Kumi-odori is recognized...

Okinawa Actors’ Association to be incorporated

Okinawa Actors’ Association to be incorporated

February 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

By mid-February, the voluntary group the Okinawa Actors’ Association, which is made up of the actors of Uchina shibai or Okinawan plays, will change into a general incorporated association, and start working to reinvigorate Okinawan popular drama. Becoming...

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