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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, including Garage Sale from Okinawa, talked about the festival. Aiming to increase the number of events and projects involving local people, the organizers set the theme as “Create with the...

 

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...

Movie Karakara released

Movie <em>Karakara</em> released

January 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo 

On January 12, Karakara, a movie jointly produced by Japan and Canada and shot entirely on the islands of Okinawa by Claude Gagnon, was released at Cinema Q in Naha and Mihama 7 Plex in Chatan. Director Claude Gagnon, leading actress Yuki Kudo and...

Okinawan students to go to Asia on cultural trip

Okinawan students to go to Asia on cultural trip

January 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefecture Board of Education has launched a project to send high school students engaged in arts and cultural activities to Singapore in February, and then to Shanghai in March, in order to deepen cultural exchanges with young people in those cities....

Onaha ends his 30-year career for Radio Okinawa’s local dialect news

Onaha ends his 30-year career for Radio Okinawa’s local dialect news

December 27, 2012 Kenta Tokumoto of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 26, 87 year-old Zenjin Onaha, who served as an announcer for Hogen News or Okinawan dialect news for Radio Okinawa for 30 years, brought his career to an end. Hoping to promote Uchinaguchi to the public, Onaha...

Magnificent Ryukyu Dynasty-style Royal Procession in Kokusai Street

Magnificent Ryukyu Dynasty-style Royal Procession in Kokusai Street

October 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, the third day of the Shurijo Castle Festival commemorating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Shurijo Castle Park, a Ryukyu Dynasty-style Royal procession was held in Kokusai Street in Naha. The festival was organized by the event’s executive...

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko creates Eisa-cise

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko creates <em>Eisa-cise</em>

September 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko has completed a film of Eisa-cise, which is a fusion of exercise and eisa that they invented. From October 6, which is during the Worldwide Eisa Festival 2012, the product will be available for a fee on DVD and for...

Shimakutuba Contest held

Shimakutuba Contest held

September 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 9, at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Izumisaki, Naha, the Shimajima nu Kutuba Katayabira Taikai was held by speakers from six regions. The event was hosted by the Naha Cultural Association and was co-hosted by the Okinawa Language Dissemination...

Sol-T-Shine wins at the World of Hip Hop Dance Championship

Sol-T-Shine wins at the World of Hip Hop Dance Championship

August 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The World Hip Hop Dance Championship 2012 was held from August 1 to 5 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. About 300 teams from about 40 countries participated in the event. Sol-T-Shine, a team made up of eight Okinawan children in elementary and junior high school,...

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