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A New Year’s prayer at Higa Katsuren Uruma

A New Year’s prayer at Higa Katsuren Uruma

January 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 23, a New Year’s prayer was carried out at Higa Katsuren in Uruma City. The prayer is called Hachiugan and people went around 12 sanctuaries praying for the prosperity of the island and for their family’s health. About fifty residents, from young to old, men and women, gathered to exchange New Year’s greetings saying, “Iisoguwachi debiru (“Happy New Year” in the Okinawan language) at the fifth sanctuary, called Shirumichuu.

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Men parade to encourage prosperity ― traditional doudoi held at Kushi, Nago

Men parade to encourage prosperity ― traditional <em>doudoi</em> held at Kushi, Nago

January 18, 2012 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 3 at Kushi in Nago, a traditional event called a doudoi was held to wish for prosperity among descendants. People made a cross called an uma out of wood cut out from a stand of trees, and used it to carry a man who...

Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off

Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off

January 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taiwan cherries have begun blooming and attracting people to see them at Mt. Yaedake, Motobu. The Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival started on January 21 with the catchphrase of “One jump ahead.”

On January 19, the temperature in Ishigaki island...

Calling out Hoi to ward off evil spirits ― Satiparo held in Miyakojima

Calling out Hoi to ward off evil spirits ― Satiparo held in Miyakojima

January 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 17 at Uenonobaru in Miyakojima, a traditional ritual called satiparo was held. With children wearing masks and performing as a visiting deity pantu in the lead, wrapped in vines, women carrying yabunikkei twigs in their hands...

Aiming for the London Olympics – Korean national football squad in camp at Onna

Aiming for the London Olympics - Korean national football squad in camp at Onna

January 17, 2012 Takesaburo Koyama correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 6 to 10 at Akama Sports Park in Onna, 41 players for the Korean Olympic football squad went into a camp at which they made their final adjustments ahead of the Olympic Asian qualifying tournament. On January 6, a...

Narcissus flowers in full bloom in Ie Island

Narcissus flowers in full bloom in Ie Island

January 8, 2012 Yukito Kinjo correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Narcissus flowers are in bloom and brighten up the day of the villagers in 64 year-old Toshikazu Uchima’s Narcissus Gardens in Ie Island.

The gardens are located near Iejima Airport in Nishieue Ie Village, by the natural source...

Illuminated character of the Dragon set up by members of the 20th graduating class of Henza Junior High School shines brightly on the island

Illuminated character of the Dragon set up by members of the 20th graduating class of Henza Junior High School shines brightly on the island

January 7, 2011 Tsubaki Mekaru of the Ryukyu Shimpo

At two separate locations in Henza Island, to commemorate the zodiac sign of the old Chinese calendar, and the year in which they turn 60 years of age, about 20 volunteers of the 20th graduating class of Henza Junior High School of Yonagusuku...

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

December 29, 2011 Yoshikazu Miyazato correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of December 28, the first five humpback whales of this season were confirmed as being seen in the sea to the west side of Zamami Island. They are usually first seen in the middle of December, but this year sightings...

“It was discrimination that Okinawan people struggled against”
Misato High School broadcasting club completes a documentary on the Koza Riot

“It was discrimination that Okinawan people struggled against”<br/>Misato High School broadcasting club completes a documentary on the Koza Riot

December 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
On December 19, Misato High School broadcasting club completed a documentary film entitled Koza ga moeta hi (The day Koza burned), which was produced to commemorate the 40th anniversary last year of the Koza Riot. Additional interviews and some revisions...

Illuminations at Mabuni turned on in the hope of peace

Illuminations at Mabuni turned on in the hope of peace

December 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of December 16, a ceremony to commence the 13th Itoman City Peaceful Illumination, making a wish for peace, was held at Itoman Farm for Tourists in Mabuni, Itoman. It will be in place until January 3. Mayor of Itoman City, Hirotsune Uehara, the chairperson...

Tanadui Festival held in Taketomi Island with various performing arts

<em>Tanadui</em> Festival held in Taketomi Island with various performing arts

December 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 1, a traditional performing art for the dedication of the Tanadui Festival, which has been designated as an important intangible cultural property by the Japanese government, commenced at Yomochi-utaki on Taketomi Island. The island was crowded...

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