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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 of Immigration Separation to Nouvelle-Calédonie.”

This film tells of the hardships by Okinawans who immigrated to Nouvelle-Calédonie at the beginning of the 20th century.

It won because...

 

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,...

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...

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...