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“Mainland is inaccessible” Governor Onaga expresses what is in Okinawans’ hearts

May 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at the Prefectural Government Office around 10 a.m. on May 15. Governor Onaga was asked what he thinks is in “the hearts of Okinawans.” The question harked back to comments made by former governor Junji Nishime who said, “In their hearts Okinawans want to be Yamatonchu (Japanese) yet that cannot be.” Onaga talked about the time when the 41 heads of the municipalities in Okinawa went...

 

Son of US veteran visits Okinawa, remembering how his father saved locals

Son of US veteran visits Okinawa, remembering how his father saved locals

May 6, 2015 Yuri Shimizu of Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 24, third-generation Okinawan American, Alvin Higa, who lives in California and is the first son of Taro Higa, visited Shimabukuro, Kitanakagusuku Village. Taro, who spoke Japanese and lived in Kitanakagusuku Village until he was nine years...

Naha Harii dragon boat race

Naha Harii dragon boat race

May 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The 41st Naha Harii dragon boat race has attracted thousands of spectators. Participants paddled on Okinawan dragon boats to pray for good catches and safety at sea. On the final day, May 5, the main race attracted 95,000 visitors, according to the organizers. At...

Big Bluefin tuna landed at Ishigaki fishing port

Big Bluefin tuna landed at Ishigaki fishing port

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 30, a 318-kilogram pacific Bluefin tuna was landed at Ishigaki fishing port. The enormous catch brought great excitement to the port.
The captain of the fishing boat Takashi Higa, who caught the tuna said, “I feel wonderful. I believe...

Getto galingale gives off a fragrant scent as summer begins

Getto galingale gives off a fragrant scent as summer begins

April 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Early summer has come, and Getto galingale is in full bloom. The flowers are lending a nostalgic aura to cultural heritage sites such as Benzaitendo by the Enkan pond at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha.

Getto is also known as Sannin in the Okinawan language...

Nepalese students hold memorial service to pray for homeland

Nepalese students hold memorial service to pray for homeland

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, the International Center Of Language & Culture Institute of Japanese Language held memorial services at its campus in Naha City. Seventy-one people, including international students from Nepal and school staff attended and laid flowers. Two memorial...

70 years after US occupation: Ceremony on Ie Island rejects war

70 years after US occupation: Ceremony on Ie Island rejects war

April 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ie Village held a peace memorial ceremony on April 21 at Hokon no To tower in Mura Nishiemae to mourn 3,500 villagers lost during the Battle of Okinawa. About 350 family members of the victims and villagers solemnly laid flowers in memory of the war victims and...

“Peace Walk” tour around Battle of Okinawa sites in Urasoe, Naha

April 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A “Peace Walk” retracing some of the sites of the Battle of Okinawa was held on April 26. Sixty-three people viewed sites from Urasoe Castle Ruins to Shuri in Naha. Takamatsu Gushiken, the president of Gamafuya, a volunteer group dedicated to the recovery of...

Leader of protest against new US base in Henoko quits because of illness

Leader of protest against new US base in Henoko quits because of illness

April 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro has decided to retire from the sit-in protest at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, because of illness. On April 21, many ordinary citizens, including canoeists who protest in the sea off Henoko,...

Two male Okinawa rails killed by cars in Kunigami

Two male Okinawa rails killed by cars in Kunigami

April 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Office of the Yanbaru Nature Ranger, part of the Environment Ministry, announced on April 13 that two Okinawa rails were killed on the roads in Kunigami in March.

Traffic accidents involving the birds reach their peak around May to June, during the breeding...

400 people pray for lasting peace at Shimi Festival

400 people pray for lasting peace at Shimi Festival

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 11 at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman City, “the 8th Cornerstone of Peace Memorial Shimi Festival” was held to commemorate the war dead and honor the ancestors. Shimi ritual dishes and fruits were offered at the Okinawa...