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Nerpai ritual for charm against Tsunami

<em>Nerpai</em> ritual for charm against Tsunami

April 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Gusukube district of Miyakojima City on April 8, people carried out a traditional Ryukyuan ritual Nerpai to pray for a good harvest and set up charms against tsunami.

About 30 citizens of two villages, Sunagawa and Tomori, took part in the ritual.
Local women prayed for calm in society and set up bamboo sticks known as datifu or danchiku at earmarked spots as charms to keep tsunami away.

In the morning, the local people gathered...

 

Kangaroo Yayoi turns one

Kangaroo Yayoi turns one

March 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Zoo & Museum held the first birthday party of kangaroo Yayoi on March 30.
Many parents and children took part and presented a cake made of Yayoi’s favorite vegetables and fruits.

According to a member of the breeding staff Akari...

New green leaves mark the beginning of spring in Okinawa

New green leaves mark the beginning of spring in Okinawa

March 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

New green leaves have grown from the buds in the northern part of Okinawa, marking the beginning of spring.

On March 16, a clear day, people visited Nagao bridge on Okuni forest road in Kunigani Village to view the new green leaves.

On warm days in...

A dog recovers from paraplegia one year after a hit and run accident

A dog recovers from paraplegia one year after a hit and run accident

March 14, 2014 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

A popular one-year-old male dog named Saburo energetically plays around the coast in Itoman, running in the sea spray to the amusement of locals at Fisher Craft Center. A hit-and-run accident left him a paraplegic last summer. He lost his rear left...

People in traditional Ryukyuan costume parade for Doll’s Festival

People in traditional Ryukyuan costume parade for Doll's Festival

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

For the Doll’s Festival, people dressed in traditional Ryukyuan costume walked through the streets in a michijune parade in the First Commercial Avenue in Okinawa City on March 1.

One hundred people dressed in bright costumes paraded down the...

Comedy Futenma Theater sparks discussion on redevelopment of US military base site

Comedy Futenma Theater sparks discussion on redevelopment of US military base site

February 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 16, the Owarai Futenma Gekijo, or Comedy Futenma Theater was held at Jubilance wedding center in Ginowan.

Popular Okinawan comedians performed on the stage, incorporating ideas from the audience about how to use the land returned from the...

Okinawa rail named Kyonkyon

Okinawa rail named Kyonkyon

February 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The name of the Okinawa rail that the learning center in the Ada district of Kunigami Village has been raising is Kyonkyon. Six-year-old Riria Kinjo of Hentona Kindergarten came up with the name. The center invited children, including Kinjo to hold a ceremony...

Cherry blossom festival starts in Okinawa earlier than other parts of Japan

Cherry blossom festival starts in Okinawa earlier than other parts of Japan

January 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Cherry blossom festivals have started in Motobu and Nakijin earlier than other parts of Japan. The flowers are in full bloom at the event sites. Walking under trees with the flowers colored in various shades of pink, the participants celebrated the arrival of...

Peace Illumination – 300,000 lights in Itoman

Peace Illumination - 300,000 lights in Itoman

December 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 15th Itoman Peace Illumination started at the Itoman Tourist Farm in Mabuni, Itoman on December 14. This year’s theme is the prayer of light to connect people. About 300,000 lights were lit up at the same time.

The lights are on from 6.00pm to 10.00...

Drying dolphinfish in the sun in Kunigami

Drying dolphinfish in the sun in Kunigami

November 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The drying of dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus, otherwise known as mahi-mahi) in the sun, an autumn tradition in Kunigami Village, has begun. The birthplace of this tradition is Ginama Fishing Port. In the afternoon on November 8, local fishermen and residents...

100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

November 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and the Ryukyu Shimpo held the 100th All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Autumn Tournament at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome on November 10. Twenty-six bulls competed in 13 bouts in the largest bullfighting event in...

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