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US contestants receive traditional Ryukyu music awards

US contestants receive traditional Ryukyu music awards

August 5, 2019 The Ryukyu Shimpo
Sanemichi Kinjo

Two fourth-generation Okinawan-American performers from the Los Angeles branch of the Afuso School of Classical Ryukyu Music Association (Koten Afuso-ryu Ongaku Kenkyuu Choichi Kai USA), Ryan Yasuaki Nakamatsu, 35, and his apprentice, Yuko Yamauchi, 48, were awarded first place and Distinction, respectively, in the Afuso-style sanshin (Okinawan banjo) category of the 54th annual Ryukyu Koten (traditional arts) competition, hosted by...

 

Photographer Mao Ishikawa wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Photographer Mao Ishikawa wins Lifetime Achievement Award

June 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Photographic Society of Japan held an awards ceremony on Jun 3, at the Sasakawa Hall in Tokyo, where Mao Ishikawa was awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Ishikawa was presented a certificate and a trophy. She pledged to “Continue to create ‘made in...

41 Sho royal family documents are to become national treasures

41 Sho royal family documents are to become national treasures

March 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 18, Japan’s Council for Cultural Affairs submitted a report to the Minister of Education, Culture, Spots, Science and Technology Masahiko Shibayama.

The report recommends that “The 41 Materials and Documents Related to the Sho Royal Family of...

Agency for Cultural Affairs announces 2018’s winners for the ACA Film Awards

 

October 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 5, the Agency for Cultural Affairs (ACA) announced the winners of 2018’s ACA Film Awards, which recognizes outstanding documentary films.

The grand prize was awarded to Cinema Okinawa’s “Mabui Gumi: The History...

Flower art blooms on the beach: giant plant sculpture created using 8,300 Strelitzia

Flower art blooms on the beach: giant plant sculpture created using 8,300 Strelitzia

October 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 11, a giant plant sculpture over 6 meters tall luxuriously using about 8,300 Strelitzia flowers, known for its distinctive orange and blue, appeared on Hyakuna Beach in Tamagusuku, Nanjyo City on the southern part of the main island of...

Bullfighting designated as Uruma City’s cultural property

Bullfighting designated as Uruma City’s cultural property

 

July 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Mariko Uezu

 

During the meeting on July 10, Uruma City Board of Education School Superintendent Hiromi Kadekaru announced the decision to designate the Uruma City’s bullfighting as one of the city’s Intangible Folk Cultural...

What are fusa rings and jifas that Okinawa bestowed to Amuro-chan?

What are fusa rings and jifas that Okinawa bestowed to Amuro-chan?

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo (originally published on January 4, 2014)

By Kenichi Yoshida

 

 

On May 23, the Okinawa Prefecture bestowed the Prefectural Honor Award to singer Namie Amuro.

Besides a certificate of commendation, Okinawan handcrafted jewelry...

Okinawa-related movies ranked in top 10 of Kinema Junpo’s movie ranking

Okinawa-related movies ranked in top 10 of Kinema Junpo’s movie ranking

January 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 91st Kinema Jumpo top ten ranking for movies released in 2017 was announced January 10. “Target Island Kaji kataka,” the movie that deals with issues of military bases and the deployment of self defence forces on neighboring islands such as Miyako and...

Establishment of Ryusou Day to transmit Ryukyu culture to the world

Establishment of Ryusou Day to transmit Ryukyu culture to the world

 

November 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Ryusou Bunka Sha and Arcone Co. Ltd. have made the 22nd of every month “Ryusou (Create Ryukyu) Day” in hopes of spreading Ryukyu culture, such as clothing and dance, to Okinawan citizens and transmitting it to the world.

The...

French actor gives a talk on the similarities between Okinawan and French cultures

French actor gives a talk on the similarities between Okinawan and French cultures

 

October 18, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 17, the fourth edition of the 87th Shimpo Women’s Salon talk was held at the Crowne Plaza ANA Okinawa Harborview in Naha City, where actor and TV personality Giry Vincent gave a talk. Giry, who is from France, said, “Okinawan...

Namie Amuro makes a surprise announcement to leave the stage

Namie Amuro makes a surprise announcement to leave the stage

 

September 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Forty-year old Okinawan singer, Namie Amuro, posted a comment on her official website in which she states she will retire from her career on September 16th next year.

Since her debut in 1992, she has been a prolific artist,...