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Big harvest festival held in Tomigusuku

Big harvest festival held in Tomigusuku

September 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A big harvest festival, in which Maitreya or future Buddha is received in Year of the Hare or the Year of the Rooster is held once every six years, this time in Umai, Bin, Tomigusuku City on September 24. Machibo, a type of bojutsu (staff-wielding) dating back about 200 years was also performed.

Spectators were excited when the gong was struck to signal the start of machibo as about 160 men entered the venue.

Two-men bojutsu...

 

Mid-Autumn Celebration held at Shurijo Castle Park

Mid-Autumn Celebration held at Shurijo Castle Park

September 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On a moonlit night on September 10, the 18th Shurijo Castle Park Mid-Autumn Celebration (organized by the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park) was held at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha City.

On the special stage lit up in the Una Forecourt in...

Tarama Island August Dance

Tarama Island August Dance

September 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The August Dance Festival, which is designated as one of Japan’s significant intangible folk cultural assets, was held at Ntabaru Uganju, a sanctuary area in Nakasuji, Tarama Village from September 5 to 7 (from 8th to 10th day of the 8th month of the traditional...

Worldwide karate seminar held in Yomitan

Worldwide karate seminar held in Yomitan

September 6, 2011 Kenichi Yoshida of Ryukyu Shimpo

The World Oshukai Dento Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate Do Kobudo Federation, which is based in France and functions as a non-profit organization for traditional Okinawa Shorin-Ryu karate and Okinawan kobudo, held a seminar in Yomitan Village from...

Beenkuikui-ceremony for a good crop and perfect health

Beenkuikui-ceremony for a good crop and perfect health

August 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 27, as a part of the Shinugu, a traditional festival in Oku, Kunigami Village, Beenkuikui, a ceremony unique to the village was also held. In the ceremony, young people placed the eldest person in the village on an uhi (tub)...

Yonaguni Island offers view of Taiwan on three consecutive days

Yonaguni Island offers view of Taiwan on three consecutive days

August 27, 2011 Rie Higashihama, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Yonaguni Island offered views of Taiwan for several hours each day from August 17 to 19.
The range of 3700-meter high mountains stretching across the Yilan and Hualien counties in the eastern part of Taiwan was visible...

Urasoe City elementary school pupils debut as history tour guides

Urasoe City elementary school pupils debut as history tour guides

August 26, 2011 Yukiyo Zaha of Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21, in conjunction with the Urasoe Board of Education, the Urasoe City Guides (headed by Hiromasa Awamori), a nonprofit organization that runs tours of the historical sites and cultural assets of Urasoe City, carried out a tour around Urasoe...

Unjami Festival held in Ogimi Village

<em>Unjami</em> Festival held in Ogimi Village

August 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Unjami Festival, an event designated as one of Japan’s significant intangible folk cultural assets, was held in Shioya Bay and other areas of Ogimi Village on August 24.
In the traditional ceremony, participants prayed for a good catch in their...

Rock band HY and RYUKYUKOKU MATSURI DAIKO take part in the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

Rock band HY and <em>RYUKYUKOKU MATSURI DAIKO</em> take part in the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

August 19, 2011 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Japanese rock band HY, whose members are all from Okinawa, and RYUKYUKOKU MATSURI DAIKO (Ryukyu Kingdom Festival Drums), an international dance and drum performance troupe, will perform together at the 56th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival...

Climax of the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

Climax of the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

August 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21, 15 groups took part in the final day of the 56th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival which was organized by the 56th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival Executive Committee, comprising representatives from Okinawa City, the Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Television Broadcasting,...

Encouragement for 100 newly-hatched baby turtles to swim towards the sea

Encouragement for 100 newly-hatched baby turtles to swim towards the sea

August 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of August 3, more than 100 loggerhead and green turtles hatched at the seaside near Ogimi Village. The baby turtles swam strongly out towards the sea, just as it became rough due to the approach of Typhoon No.9.

Many people came to observe,...

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