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Ginowan City begins crowdfunding for funds to restore the Okinawa Peace Prayer Statue prototype

Ginowan City begins crowdfunding for funds to restore the Okinawa Peace Prayer Statue prototype

June 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginowan – “Peace from Futenma.” Ginowan City in Okinawa announced June 13 that they have begun crowdfunding on the internet to raise the money to restore a prototype for a peace statue stored in a studio in Futenma, in order to eventually display the statue to the public. The statue itself was made by the late master artist Shinzan Yamada, and is stored at the Okinawa Peace Hall in Itoman.

Shinzan Yamada lived through the Battle of Okinawa, where...

 

Okinawa Defense Bureau suspends construction as crested serpent eagle spotted building nest in area of planned JSDF deployment

Okinawa Defense Bureau suspends construction as crested serpent eagle spotted building nest in area of planned JSDF deployment

May 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – The Okinawa Defense Bureau announced May 9 that during an environmental monitoring survey conducted at the end of April in Hirae, Ishigaki, where the JSDF plans to deploy, the found a crested serpent eagle, a national special natural monument, building...

Andres Higa, one of the founders of “Uchinanchu Day” marries fellow Uchinanchu after meeting in Okinawa

Andres Higa, one of the founders of “Uchinanchu Day” marries fellow Uchinanchu after meeting in Okinawa

January 30, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nago – Andres Higa ,43, a second generation Okinawan-Argentinian who has established the “World Uchinanchu Day” and “ International Day of Nikkei,” married Cynthia...

The western-most cillantro production site Yonaguni attracts fans

The western-most cillantro production site Yonaguni attracts fans

February 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Mikako Shimoji

“Kushiti,” cillantro that has been used and enjoyed in dishes on Yonaguni Island in Okinawa is becoming a center of campaign to promote the herb. The Yonaguni town signed an ordinance to mark second Sunday of December as “Kushiti...

Memorial statue commemorating the landing of John Manjiro unveiled at Odo Beach in Itoman

Memorial statue commemorating the landing of John Manjiro unveiled at Odo Beach in Itoman

 

February 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Itoman – A statue commemorating the landing of John Manjiro on Odo Beach in Itoman, Okinawa, aptly named the, “John Manjiro Landing Memorial,” was unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Itoman City February 18. The day marked the anniversary...

Praying for health and longevity, the New Year’s first water is offered in traditional ceremony at Shuri Castle

Praying for health and longevity, the New Year’s first water is offered in traditional ceremony at Shuri Castle

 

December 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

The traditional Okinawan ceremony, known as the, “Nubi offering ceremony,” where the year’s first water drawn from Hedo in Kunigami is presented as an offering, was held in the afternoon of December 24...

Asian elephants staying in Okinawa through the winter at zoo

Asian elephants staying in Okinawa through the winter at zoo

 

December 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Two Asian elelphants, Buntoon and Tonsai, were debuted on December 14 at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. The two elephants are visiting Okinawa from the Tohoku Safari Park to stay through the winter.

 

The elephants...

Potential World Heritage Site Iriomote faces the risk of increased pollution and ecosystem destruction as more and more trash washes ashore

Potential World Heritage Site Iriomote faces the risk of increased pollution and ecosystem destruction as more and more trash washes ashore

 

October 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

 

Many years of large amounts of trash washing in from the ocean and accumulating in the mangrove swamps of Iriomote Island in Taketomi, a potential World Heritage Site, was having a clear effect on the mangrove and...

What to do with Okinawa’s aging shopping arcade, Heiwadori

What to do with Okinawa’s aging shopping arcade, Heiwadori

October 3, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

An air of nostalgia permeates the Heiwadori shopping arcade in Naha.

The symbol of the area’s shopping district, for years the covered promenade has protected shoppers and the stores they patron from the hot summer sun and the sudden squalls particular...

Praying for prosperity in Yona, Kunigami, Unjami solemnly welcomes the gods

Praying for prosperity in Yona, Kunigami, Unjami solemnly welcomes the gods

 

September 24, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Kunigami – The Unjami festival, one of Japan’s Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, was held in Yona, Kunigami (Tadanobu Miyagi, Mayor), where there were prayers for bountiful harvest and good health. The...

The tradition of “Shinugu” in Ada drives away evil spirits and prays for bountiful harvests

The tradition of “Shinugu” in Ada drives away evil spirits and prays for bountiful harvests

August 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

 

Kunigami – The traditional ritual “Shinugu,” which has been performed in Ada, Kunigami for over 400 years continuously, and was selected as a nationally recognized significant intangible cultural asset, was performed...