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Monument of Nuchi du Takara completed at Peace Memorial Park

Monument of <em>Nuchi du Takara</em> completed at Peace Memorial Park

June 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 9, in front of the Cornerstone of Peace at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman, an unveiling ceremony was held of a stone monument for world peace. The words “Nuchi du Takara (Life itself is our treasure)” are inscribed on the monument.

About 30 people involved in erecting the monument celebrated its completion.
In the four languages of Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese the creators inscribed...

 

Miminme festival held to pray for good crops

<em>Miminme</em> festival held to pray for good crops

May 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 10, or April 1 in the lunar calendar, in the Furugen district of Ozato in Nanjo, the miminme festival was held to pray for good crops and prosperity for the community. People walked through the streets for the michijune parade...

Ishigaki and Kauai commemorate 50th anniversary of sister-city relationship

Ishigaki and Kauai commemorate 50th anniversary of sister-city relationship

May 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 10, in Kauai, Hawaii, Ishigaki City and Kauai County marked the 50th anniversary of their establishing a sister city relationship. The Ishigaki Municipal Government and Kauai Community College exchanged memorandums on international interaction to commemorate...

Comedian Takashi Okamura becomes promotional ambassador for New Ishigaki Airport

Comedian Takashi Okamura becomes promotional ambassador for New Ishigaki Airport

March 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 8, the Ishigaki Municipal Government appointed Takashi Okamura, a Japanese comedian and one half of the duo Ninety-nine, as a promotional ambassador for New Ishigaki Airport. That same day, at the ceremony to mark his appointment, Okamura promised to market...

Ie classical music artists perform to bring generations together

Ie classical music artists perform to bring generations together

February 17, 2013 Yukito Kinjo Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 10, at the Rural Environment Improvement Center Hall in Ie, 63 year-old Yoshikazu Gima, who is from Ie, his daughter and grandchildren held a charity concert to mark the 45th anniversary of Gima’s career in classical...

Satiparo ritual held on Miyako-jima

Satiparo ritual held on Miyako-jima

February 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 4, a traditional ritual known as satiparo was held at Uenonobaru in Miyako-jima. With a child wearing a carved wooden mask and performing as a visiting deity called pantu out in front, 14 women wrapped in vines walked around the community and drove...

Hija-lover group holds event in Oishi Park in Naha

<em>Hija</em>-lover group holds event in Oishi Park in Naha

December 18, 2012 Ayako Sakaguchi of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 8, at Oishi Park in Naha, people fond of goats, or hija as they are known in the Okinawan dialect, held a year-end party and was also designed to foster friendship among people in the community. Many people, including the...

Mongoose boldly crosses street in Nago

Mongoose boldly crosses street in Nago

December 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15, a mongoose was seen to cross the street at the Gusuku intersection in Nago. When the light turned green, the mongoose slowly started to cross while looking both ways for oncoming cars. The animal succeeded in crossing the road.

Some elementary...

Newspaper Cafe opens

Newspaper Cafe opens

December 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The non-profit organization Okinawa Senior Association has started a community cafe called Ji & Ba in Asato district of Naha in which the participants promote exchange activities in the local community through their own projects. On December 4, the association...

Shipment of Japanese tiger prawns gets into in full swing

Shipment of Japanese tiger prawns gets into in full swing

December 2 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Into December, all over Okinawa shipment of Japanese tiger prawns, a popular gift during the o-seibo or gift-giving season in early winter, has started in full swing. On November 30, workers at the Japanese tiger prawn farm in Ginoza were busy sorting...

Okinawan-Canadian receives honorary degree after 70 years

Okinawan-Canadian receives honorary degree after 70 years

November 27, 2012, Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Before World War II, Roy Oshiro enrolled at the University of British Columbia in Canada hoping to become a teacher after graduation. However, the war broke out and he was expelled from the university, discriminated against because he was the...