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Yomitan to establish Japan’s first village-level public archive

 

August 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Yomitan) Yomitan Village in Okinawa Prefecture plans to open a public archive, which will be the first village-established public archive in the country.

The village aims to begin the detailed design phase for the archive in fiscal 2019 and complete the facility by fiscal 2023.

Part of efforts to develop the former site of the U.S. military’s Yomitan Auxiliary Airfield, the new facility will be located near the village...

 

Battle of Okinawa survivors tell of civilian losses not depicted in the film “Hacksaw Ridge”

Battle of Okinawa survivors tell of civilian losses not depicted in the film “Hacksaw Ridge”

August 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

June 24 saw the release of the film “Hacksaw Ridge,” which takes place at the Maeda escarpment in Urasoe, Okinawa, which was the site of ferocious fighting during the Battle of Okinawa.

Since the film’s release, tourists have flocked...

French practitioners hone their skills at karate’s birthplace in Okinawa

French practitioners hone their skills at karate’s birthplace in Okinawa

July 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pascal Ibert a Nana-dan (7th rank) practitioner of Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate has been training for 38 years in Dordogne, southern France, where he now teaches about 50 students. For three consecutive years beginning in 2015, he has traveled to Yamashita Town, Naha...

American high school students visit Ie-jima for cultural exchange with local pupils

American high school students visit Ie-jima for cultural exchange with local pupils

April 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hiroe Nakagawa

High school students from Forest Lake Christian School in California and program leaders, 12 people altogether, stayed on Ie-jima the week of April 11 through April 17. These students volunteered in providing English lessons for elementary...

ZAN movie about Henoko’s dugongs holds first screening in Nago

ZAN movie about Henoko’s dugongs holds first screening in Nago

April 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 5, the Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J) and the Tokyo-based branding company ImageMILL held a screening event of the documentary film ZAN at Nago Civic Hall. The film addresses dugongs’ habitats in national natural monuments of Japan such...

Legends tell of dugong curses

Legends tell of dugong curses

April 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

“If you harass a mermaid you will be cursed.” The dugong was a model for the legends of mermaids and is a designated for special protection in Japan. There is much folklore about the dugong in Okinawa, and in every tale it is said that harming...

Tokashiki Village remembers history with memorial service for mass suicide victims

Tokashiki Village remembers history with memorial service for mass suicide victims

March 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 28 at Shiratama no To, Tokashiki Village hosted a memorial service for those who died in the “group self-determination” (compulsory mass suicide) 72 years prior on March 28, 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa. Bereaved family members and concerned persons...

European couple visits Okinawa during round-the-world trip on tandem bicycle

European couple visits Okinawa during round-the-world trip on tandem bicycle

March 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

On March 17, a couple attempting a round-the-world trip, Frenchman Florent Asquinazi and Belgian woman Florence Nee, began their tour of Okinawa’s main island. They are starting out on their 320-kilometer excursion in Naha City, heading north...

319 participants in Higashi Village Adventure Rally, experiencing nature of Yambaru

319 participants in Higashi Village Adventure Rally, experiencing nature of Yambaru

February 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Fourth Yambaru Higashi Village Adventure Rally was held at Tsutsuji Park in Higashi Villager’s Forest. Three hundred and nineteen people from Okinawa and elsewhere took part in activities including kayaking, mountain biking, and trekking in the mountains...

Cat Day in Okinawa

Cat Day in Okinawa

February 22, 2017 Yoko Tabuki of Ryukyu Shimpo

February 22 is “Cat Day” in Japan. Naha City is home to “Community cats,” which are fed in Machiguwa or local shopping areas and streets. The city government plans to implement Trap Neuter Release/Return (TNR) of stray cats...

Relatives in Hawaii and Okinawa united thanks to old passport and Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

Relatives in Hawaii and Okinawa united thanks to old passport and Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

January 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fourth-generation Okinawan Shirley Higa from Hawaii recently met with her relative Shigeo Asato who lives in Kishaba, Kitanakagusuku Village. Shirley’s only clue in her search for family was the passport of her first-generation great-grandfather, Masae Higa....

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