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Hawaiians with Okinawan ancestry play sanshin for peace in Yomitan

Hawaiians with Okinawan ancestry play sanshin for peace in Yomitan

 

November 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Approximately twenty Hawaiians with Okinawan ancestry visited the Chibichirigama in Yomitan Village on November 1, where a group of young men had vandalized the natural cave. The group played Kwamucha-bushi and made offered up origami cranes and Hawaiian leis in a prayer for peace. The group also visited the Shimukugama, where a thousand residents were saved by two people who had returned from Hawaii and were able to communicate...

 

People sigh in relief as ferry finally arrives with goods after typhoons

People sigh in relief as ferry finally arrives with goods after typhoons

 

November 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Due to typhoons numbers 21 and 22, the ferry from the main island of Okinawa was unable to make its delivery to Minamidaito and Kitadaito Villages since October 15.

On November 2, for the first time in 18 days, the ferry arrived...

Volunteer group Pokinawa presents plan to set up permanent consultation mechanism to prevent crimes by US military

Volunteer group Pokinawa presents plan to set up permanent consultation mechanism to prevent crimes by US military

July 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 2, in Naha City, the group Pokinawa (Positive Campaign Okinawa), which aims to overcome differences in opinion through dialogue, held a presentation to discuss plans to prevent crimes by U.S. military in light of the rape and murder of an Okinawan woman by...

1000 people stand in line for the first H&M store at Okinawa Rycom

1000 people stand in line for the first H&M store at Okinawa Rycom

April 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The very first store of the Sweden-based, globally well-known clothing brand, Hennes & Mauritz, known as H&M, opened in the AEON mall Okinawa Rycom in Kitanakagusuku Village on April 20. More than 1000 people, mostly women, waited for its opening from early...

Pornography and prostitution are “sexual exploitation”

Pornography and prostitution are “sexual exploitation”

March 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Author Minori Kitahara interviewed by Ami Chibana

The situations in which young women are likely to be pulled into the sex industry and the issue with people being forced to make an appearance in porn – what exactly is in the background of this huge industry...

Documentary film “Targeted Island Kaji kataka” by director Mikami completed

Documentary film “Targeted Island Kaji kataka” by director Mikami completed

February 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A new documentary film titled “Targeted Island Kaji kataka” captures the military base issue in Okinawa from residents’ perspectives. This is the third and the latest work of the director Chie Mikami following “The Targeted Village” and “We Shall Overcome...

Former ASDF pilot makes visual presentation concerning dangers of Osprey for EACI

Former ASDF pilot makes visual presentation concerning dangers of Osprey for EACI

January 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 22, 77-year-old Masumi Okunishi from Haebaru Town spoke about Osprey in front of a full audience at the Ryukyu Center of the East Asian Community Institute (EACI) in Naha. The former Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) pilot made and presented a picture-story...

Annis and Uehara publish English shopping guide of Okinawan vegetables and farmer’s markets

Annis and Uehara publish English shopping guide of Okinawan vegetables and farmer’s markets

November 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawans are very well-acquainted with goya (bitter gourds), hechima (loofah gourds), handama (Okinawan spinach), and such Okinawan vegetables. However, when foreign people first encounter these, they notice many peculiarities in appearance and taste. Casey...

Certificate issued for Ryukyu King and Queen of Shurijo Festival

Certificate issued for Ryukyu King and Queen of Shurijo Festival

October 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony for certification of the king and queen of the Shurijo Festival was held on October 11 at the Naha City Office. The festival is sponsored by the Shurijo Festival Planning Committee and co-sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo and Shuri Promotion Association....

Naha recognizes same-sex partnerships

Naha recognizes same-sex partnerships

July 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha City introduced a new system on July 8 officially recognizing same-sex partnerships and will begin issuing partnership certificates to same-sex couples. The system recognizes same-sex partnerships as almost equivalent to marriage in law, aiming to make Naha a...

Okinawa organizations to tackle child poverty

June 17,2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the aim of tackling child poverty in Okinawa, 105 organizations in the prefecture have launched a new organization called “Future of Children in Okinawa”, kicking it off with a conference at Okinawa Prefectural Office in Naha on June 17. The organization...

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