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Two letters preserved in Okinawa not original

Two letters preserved in Okinawa not original

April 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 16, Satoru Kuroshima, an associate professor of History from the Historiographical Institute, the University of Tokyo, visited a family in Ehime to examine a preserved letter that was sent from Yoshihisa Shimazu, a Satsuma warlord, to Sho Nei, king of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Kuroshima confirmed that the letter was the original.

Kenzen Uehara, an emeritus professor at Okayama University, went along with Kuroshima.

In light of the discovery,...

 

Ancient letter from Shimazu to Ryukyu king found in Ehime

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 13, a letter sent from Yoshihisa Shimazu, a Satsuma warlord, to Sho Nei, king of the Ryukyu Kingdom was discovered in an old house in Iyo City, Ehime Prefecture , according to Kyodo News. The letter was a request to send envoys, celebrating Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s...

Photograph of Shuri Castle taken 130 years ago found in Yamagata

Photograph of Shuri Castle taken 130 years ago found in Yamagata

February 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Rare photographs of Shuri Castle and other scenes in Okinawa, which, experts speculate, were taken soon after Haihan-chiken, the feudal domain system, was abolished and the prefectural system was introduced in Okinawa in 1879, were found among the possessions...

Beijing’s Ryukyuan burial sites under threat of development

Beijing's Ryukyuan burial sites under threat of development

January 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Tsuyoshi Arakaki reports

There are burial sites in Beijing for Ryukyuans (Okinawans) who sought for the Chinese Qing Dynasty to save the Ryukyu Kingdom and who died in exile before and after the “Ryukyu disposal”, when the Ryukyu Kingdom was annexed...

Shimauta singer Kazufumi Miyazawa to teach at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts

Shimauta singer Kazufumi Miyazawa to teach at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts

October 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Singer and songwriter Kazufumi Miyazawa, a member of former Japanese rock band The Boom, will become a lecturer at the music department of Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts in April 2016. This was revealed at a lecture presented at the university on October...

10,000 Eisa Dance Parade rouses audience members’ hearts

10,000 Eisa Dance Parade rouses audience members’ hearts

August 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 21st Ten thousand Eisa Dance Parade was held on August 2 on Kokusai Street in Naha.

At ten locations along the street, from in front of Palette Kumoji to Saion Square, about four thousands members from 29 organizations, including local youth associations...