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Shuri Castle Festival to be held at reduced scale, “Emaki Gyoretsu” procession to be canceled

Shuri Castle Festival to be held at reduced scale, “Emaki Gyoretsu” procession to be canceled

October 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

From October 31 to November 3, the Shuri Castle Festival (organizer: Shuri Castle Festival Steering Committee) will be held for four days at a reduced scale. The festival was cancelled last year while ongoing because of the fire in the main hall and other parts of the castle.

The “Ryukyu Kingdom Emaki Gyoretsu” procession normally held on Kokusai-dori Street will be cancelled to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection. The “King and Queen Selection...

 

“No stepping on coral,” “No feeding fish,” Onna implements international environmental standards for diving

“No stepping on coral,” “No feeding fish,” Onna implements international environmental standards for diving

October 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Onna – Onna Village is working on implementing international environmental guidelines for diving from an organization called Green Fins in an effort to protect the coral reefs. According to the village, so far there are no examples of the guidelines being implemented...

700 gather in first Prefectural People’s Mass Action in seven months to block Henoko construction: “Our resolve is unshakeable”

700 gather in first Prefectural People’s Mass Action in seven months to block Henoko construction: “Our resolve is unshakeable”

October 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Henoko Issue Reporting Team) On October 3, citizens opposed to the new base construction in Henoko, Nago in conjunction with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma held the gathering “Prefectural People’s Mass Action”, which was regularly...

Protests for “Laws preventing hate in Okinawa” enter their 20th week in Naha, as residents also send petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly

Protests for “Laws preventing hate in Okinawa” enter their 20th week in Naha, as residents also send petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly

October 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Silent Standing,” a silent protest that takes place in front of Naha City Hall every Wednesday, which protests against street-level propaganda that discriminates against Chinese residents and fans the flames of hate, entered its 20th week on September...

“Using soil mixed with human remains is a desecration of the dead”: Gamafuya submits letter to OPG requesting disapproval of soil use in Henoko construction

“Using soil mixed with human remains is a desecration of the dead”: Gamafuya submits letter to OPG requesting disapproval of soil use in Henoko construction

September 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 28, Takamatsu Gushiken, representative of “Gamafuya”, a volunteer group for collecting human remains from the Battle of Okinawa, submitted a letter requesting that the Okinawa Prefectural Government not approve the plan to use the southern part...

Mid-automn moon shines down on Okinawa

Mid-automn moon shines down on Okinawa

October 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Jugoya, or Harvest moon, is celebrated on August 15 on the lunar calendar which fell on October 1 this year. High atmospheric pressures brought clear skies over Okinawa, providing a spectacular view of the chushu-no-meigetsu (mid-autumn moon).

Some neighborhoods...

Anesthesiologist Dr. Sakura Kinjo wins Rocky Challenge Prize for bridging Japan-US academic exchange

Anesthesiologist Dr. Sakura Kinjo wins Rocky Challenge Prize for bridging Japan-US academic exchange

September 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nakamura Iwao Challenge Foundation awards its Rocky Challenge Prize to Okinawans with global ambitions who serve as a role model to Okinawan youth. This year’s Rocky Challenge Prize will be awarded to Dr. Sakura Kinjo, an anesthesiologist and clinical...

Group submits proposal to preserve the 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter as a “peace education site,” Okinawa’s vice governor will look to discuss at investigative commission

Group submits proposal to preserve the 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter as a “peace education site,” Okinawa’s vice governor will look to discuss at investigative commission

September 17, 2020 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The committee to preserve and open to the public the 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter (Eiki Senaha, chairman) met with Okinawa vice-governor Kiichiro Jahana at the Okinawa Prefectural Office September 16, where they submitted a proposal to designate the 32nd...

Okinawan coronavirus strain that was prevalent in mid-July determined to be genetically similar to strain in Tokyo, but Okinawa Prefecture says the analysis “Does not provide a complete picture”

Okinawan coronavirus strain that was prevalent in mid-July determined to be genetically similar to strain in Tokyo, but Okinawa Prefecture says the analysis “Does not provide a complete picture”

September 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The strain of coronavirus that spread through Okinawa’s main island in mid-July was discovered to be similar to what was being found in Tokyo. After making a request to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Okinawa Prefecture analyzed the virus’...

The “Hajichi” photo exhibit in Tokyo memorializes forgotten traditional custom of tattooing among women in Okinawa

The “Hajichi” photo exhibit in Tokyo memorializes forgotten traditional custom of tattooing among women in Okinawa

September 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Tokyo – Former Ryukyu Shimpo photographer Hiroaki Yamashiro’s photography collection “Ryukyu Memory – Hajichi” which captures images of the hand tattoos, is on exhibit in Tokyo at Nobunkyo – Nobunsho Center (an agriculture specialty...

Spectators and performers alike feel uplifted by Michi Junei, performed despite coronavirus

Spectators and performers alike feel uplifted by Michi Junei, performed despite coronavirus

September 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 2, Ukui, the final day of the Obon festival, the Okinawa City Kubota Youth Association performed the Eisa dance Michi Junei as a tribute to ancestors in the afterlife. Up through last year the Youth Association included a total...