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Former governor Masahide Ota touted ‘Apostle of Peace’ at his memorial service

Former governor Masahide Ota touted ‘Apostle of Peace’ at his memorial service

June 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The memorial service for former governor of Okinawa Prefecture Masahide Ota was held at Inanse Ceremonial Hall (Inanse Kaikan) in Urasoe City on June 15. Ota passed away on June 12, which was his 92nd birthday. Those who attended the service included his students from his time as a professor at the University of the Ryukyus, persons who knew him through political and financial circles, persons acquainted with him elsewhere, and others; attendees numbered 1,500...

 

What the actor Shogen wants to tell the world about Okinawa with his movie, “Kokoro, Odoru”

What the actor Shogen wants to tell the world about Okinawa with his movie, “Kokoro, Odoru”

May 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hiroko Sato

“’We want to send a message to the world from Okinawa.’ The movie was created by a group with this mindset.”
Okinawan-born actor Shogen’s face may have imposing, lofty features, but in an instant it can change into a warm smile....

Okinawan immigrants honor ancestral spirits in Bolivia

Okinawan immigrants honor ancestral spirits in Bolivia

August 12, 2014 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Bolivia.

On the night of August 10, the last day of Obon of the lunar calendar, in Colonia Okinawa in Bolivia, Okinawan immigrants held the ukui ceremony. Members of migrant families gathered at their houses and sent off their...

Shinugu – an animistic festival for a good crop and perfect health

<em>Shinugu</em> - an animistic festival for a good crop and perfect health

August 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinugu, which is designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset of Japan, was carried out in Ada, Kunigami Village on July 31.
Including rituals such as yamanubui, in which men crowned with grassy headwear and covered with leaves...

Tamaki wins the 11th Asian Karate-do Championship

Tamaki wins the 11th Asian Karate-do Championship

July 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Third-year student 14 year-old Daigo Tamaki of Yabu Junior High School in Nago City was victorious at the 11th Asian Karate-do Championship held in Beijing, China from July 19.
The first person from Okinawa to compete in the Cadet category (14‐15 years of...

Deciphering the coral genome for the first time

July 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Marine Genomics Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST, Onna Village) succeeded for the first time in deciphering the genome of Acropora digitifera, a coral that inhabits the seas around Okinawa Prefecture.
On July 24, the Unit published...

Okinawan student wins top prize in art contest in Florida

Okinawan student wins top prize in art contest in Florida

July 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Shogaku High School (Naha City) second year student Hitomi Uezu (17 years-old) has won the top prize in an art contest in Florida.
When in Florida as an exchange student at Jensen Beach High School on a scholarship program supported by the Okinawa Prefectural...

Two endangered species flower inconspicuously up in the northern mountain area

Two endangered species flower inconspicuously up in the northern mountain area

July 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago City resident Toshiko Miyagi recently confirmed that the endangered species Kashinokiran or Gastrochilus japonicus, which is on the vulnerable (VU) category II Red List of the Ministry of the Environment and the Okinawa Prefectural Government,...

People of Yaeyama offer dance performance to God of fertility at the beginning of the Harvest Festival

People of Yaeyama offer dance performance to God of fertility at the beginning of the Harvest Festival

July 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The harvest festival was held in the Ohama district, Ishigaki City, on July 9 and 10, offering prayers for a bountiful harvest both this year and next summer. Starting at Ohama, the Yaeyama regions have entered the harvest festival season. A diverse range of festivals...

Honorary police officer Bogey goes to heaven

Honorary police officer Bogey goes to heaven

July 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Bogey, a “canine police officer” well known to the residents of Urasoe City died of old age on July 5. In his role as a police public-relations dog he was a symbol of traffic safety activities through the years. Originally a stray dog, this canine hero was promoted...

Young Okinawan woodpeckers safely leave their nest in a tree blown down in a typhoon

Young Okinawan woodpeckers safely leave their nest in a tree blown down in a typhoon

July 6, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Two Okinawa woodpecker chicks safely left their nest in an itaji tree (biological name: Castanopsis sieboldii) blown over by the strong winds of Typhoons No.2 and No.5 in Nishime-dake, Kunigami Village.
This situation was confirmed by 48 year-old Yutaka Toguchi,...

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