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Koshiki Gyoretsu held at Shurijo Castle Park

<em>Koshiki Gyoretsu</em> held at Shurijo Castle Park

November 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 3, at Shurijo Castle Park and on a nearby road in Naha, the 46th Ryukyu Kingdom Festival was held by Shuri Promotion Association. Many people turned out to see this year’s Koshiki Gyoretsu (Traditional Procession).

The Koshiki Gyoretsu revived the parade for the King of the Ryukyu Dynasty visiting three temples in the New Year, to pray a good harvest and the peace and security of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Commencing...

 

Okigeiren kicks off its European tour in Paris, enchanting audiences

Okigeiren kicks off its European tour in Paris, enchanting audiences

October 30, 2011 Rika Ishikawa of Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of October 28, the Okinawa Prefectural Performing Arts Association, or Okigeiren (chaired by Choichi Terukina), commenced its “Ryukyuan Traditional Arts – Three European Countries” tour at the Japan Cultural Institute...

World premiere of The Cocktail Party was performed in Hawaii

World premiere of <em>The Cocktail Party</em> was performed in Hawaii

October 28, 2011 Kazuki Furugen of Ryukyu Shimpo

A play written by Tatsuhiro Oshiro entitled The Cocktail Party had its premiere on October 26 at the Hawaii Okinawa Center (Waipahu, Hawaii). Tatsuhiro Oshiro is the first author from Okinawa to be awarded the prestigious Japanese literary...

Karate demonstration on Karate Day

Karate demonstration on Karate Day

October 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 25, the Society for the Advancement of Traditional Okinawa Karate had a special demonstration for the first time on Karate Day. It was held in front of Palette Kumoji, a department store in Naha, to demonstrate karate to people from both inside and...

Ryukyu Festival held in Osaka

Ryukyu Festival held in Osaka

October 25, 2011 Kaori Tamashiro and Naoki Isa of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Ryukyu Festival 2011, the biggest Okinawan music event of its kind, was held by FM OSAKA at the Oska Castle Bandshell in Osaka. A total of 17 groups or individuals participated in the festival, including established...

The 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Fesitival
Ukwanshin Kabudan from Hawaii sings “to help maintain the spirit of Uchina

The 5th Worldwide <em>Uchinanchu</em> Fesitival<br> <em>Ukwanshin Kabudan</em> from Hawaii sings “to help maintain the spirit of <em>Uchina</em>”

October 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of October 20 at the Tenbusu Theater in Naha, a performing arts group from Hawaii called Ukwanshin Kabudan gave a performance entitled Ichimadin Shimanchu, which in English means, “Forever Islanders.” The four Okinawans from...

Let’s greet each other with Haisai
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...

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...

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