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Naha starts to encourage the use of Uchinaguchi

October 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 19, Mayor of Naha Takeshi Onaga announced that the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival was the stimulus behind the city making an effort to encourage people to give greetings in Uchinaguchi (Okinawan language) on formal occasions. At a regular press conference held in Naha City Hall, Mayor Onaga said, “To respond to the expectations of Uchinanchu living overseas, I hope that we can create an environment in which people use...

 

Maeara wins the Kikuchi Kan Prize for Taketomi dialect dictionary

Maeara wins the Kikuchi Kan Prize for Taketomi dialect dictionary

October 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The winners of the 59th Kikuchi Kan Prize (sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature) were announced on October 19, with 87 year-old Toru Maeara being selected for publishing a Taketomi dialect dictionary (published by Nanzansha). Originally...

Introducing traditional karate in English

Introducing traditional karate in English

October 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masahiro Nakamoto, the president of the Okinawa Traditional Kobudo Preservation Society (Bunbukan), has published the Kobudo-Buseisenshi in English under the title Okinawa Traditional Old Martial Arts – The First Hanshi 10th Dan Okinawa...

Excitement around 43-ton giant rope

Excitement around 43-ton giant rope

October 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of October 9, the 41st Naha Ozunahiki or Naha Giant Tug-of-War, which was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest rope in 1997, was held at Kumoji intersection on Route 58 in Naha City. The event was organized...

Senjuko – confectionary of the Ryukyu Dynasty is restored

<em>Senjuko</em> - confectionary of the Ryukyu Dynasty is restored

October 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

For the first time in three decades, Ryukyuan traditional sweets called senjuko have been recreated and sold by the Chinsuko Hompo Arakaki Kashiten (a confectionery company) that has its head office in Shuri, Naha City. The thing that brought this about...

Kumiodori performers to go on European tour to France, Germany and Italy

<em>Kumiodori</em> performers to go on European tour to France, Germany and Italy

October 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Performing Arts Association or Okigeiren (Chaired by Choichi Terukina), is planning to go on a tour from late October to early November that includes Paris in France, Cologne in Germany, and Rome in Italy. Termed the “Ryukyu Traditional...

“King” and “Queen” receive certificates

“King” and “Queen” receive certificates

September 29, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “king” and “queen” selected in a contest at the 18th Shurijo Castle Park Mid-Autumn Celebration on September 11 visited the Naha City Office to receive certificates from Naha City Mayor Takeshi Onaga, who also serves as chairman of the Shuri Castle...

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)...

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...

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