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Ogami Island, just 4 km from Miyako Island, a mysterious place protecting tradition

Ogami Island, just 4 km from Miyako Island, a mysterious place protecting tradition

February 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Story: Masaki Umeda; Photos: Futoshi Hanashiro, Masatoshi Moromizato)

Ogami Island is located around four kilometers northeast of Miyako Island. It is known as the “Island of Prayer,” best represented by the secret ritual Uyagan. The only of Miyako Island’s four surrounding islands not accessible by bridge, access is limited to a regular ferry that departs from Shimajiri Bay. Because of the secret ritual, up until now outside investigations...

 

Ryukyu Dyansty era ritual Momoso-omonomairi re-enacted at Shuri Castle

Ryukyu Dyansty era ritual Momoso-omonomairi re-enacted at Shuri Castle

January 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Ryukyu dynastic era ritual, Momoso-omonomairi, was re-enacted on January 21 at Shuri Castle Park in Shurikinjocho, Naha. Priestesses made a pilgrimage to the sacred site in the castle grounds, praying for things such as a long life for the emperor, safe sailing...

With 340 years of history and bearing Christian influences, “Chiritancho” is Itoman, Okinawa’s traditional birthday celebration

With 340 years of history and bearing Christian influences, “Chiritancho” is Itoman, Okinawa’s traditional birthday celebration

December 25, 2016, Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kyan community association in Itoman, Okinawa held their annual newborn celebration, “Chiritancho” on the afternoon of December 25 in the Kyan Community Center. The celebration is for babies born in 2016, and wishes them a long, healthy life. Sixteen...