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Okinawan music from Hawaii: Kagiyadefu Bushi performance by Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu President

Okinawan music from Hawaii: Kagiyadefu Bushi performance by Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu President

September 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Derek Fujio, president of the classical Okinawan koto school Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu (branch), made a guest appearance on Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s YouTube channel “HUOA Yuntaku Live!” Fujio performed three solo songs on the koto and sanshin, sharing the charm of koto music and Okinawan folk songs with the viewers.

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association launched “HUOA Yuntaku Live!” on April 16 to provide...

 

JICA volunteers sing Shokichi Kina’s hit song “Hana” in 14 languages

JICA volunteers sing Shokichi Kina’s hit song “Hana” in 14 languages

August 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

JICA Okinawa (Japan International Cooperation Agency Okinawa Center) recently uploaded a rendition of Shokichi Kina’s hit song “Hana” sung in 14 languages and in the Okinawan language to YouTube. The music video is meant to spread hope to those...

Official history of Ryukyu Kingdom to be designated Important National Cultural Property

Official history of Ryukyu Kingdom to be designated Important National Cultural Property

March 19, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 19, Japan’s Council for Cultural Affairs made a recommendation to Koichi Hagiuda, the minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, to designate the official history books of the Ryukyu Kingdom—the Chuzan Seikan (six volumes), Chuzan...

Kumiodori celebrates 300 years, prayers for Shuri Castle

Kumiodori celebrates 300 years, prayers for Shuri Castle

February 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The event Ryukyu Buyo and Kumiodori was held on February 15 at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha City to celebrate the 300th anniversary of kumiodori (traditional Okinawan dance) and to offer prayers for the reconstruction of Shuri Castle.

The event was organized...

Sayuri Yoshinaga and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s emotional ode to Okinawa

Sayuri Yoshinaga and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s emotional ode to Okinawa

January 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A charity concert was held on Jan. 5 by actress Sayuri Yoshinaga and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto at the Okinawa Convention Center Theater in Ginowan City.

Sakamoto’s sophisticated piano performance and Yoshinaga’s poetry reading, which spoke to the preciousness...

Ryukyu performance arts win national arts awards

Ryukyu performance arts win national arts awards

December 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The play Gungwachi Kungwachi (Okinawan for May and September) by the Ryukyu Art Embassy was awarded Grand Prize in the Popular Entertainment category of the 2019 74th annual ACA National Arts Festival, organized by the Japanese government Agency for...

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...

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...