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Rainbow adorns sky over Tacchu in Iejima, Okinawa during first sunrise of the new year

Rainbow adorns sky over Tacchu in Iejima, Okinawa during first sunrise of the new year

January 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hiroe Nakagawa

Around 8:00 a.m. on January 1, a rainbow appeared arching over Mount Gusuku (also known as Tacchu), a symbol of Iejima, Okinawa.

Although there was thick cloud cover at the time of sunrise, approximately 7:15 a.m., the sun gradually began to appear from behind the clouds. After 7:40 a.m., rain fell in large drops even though the sun’s brightness spread across the sprawling blue sky. Thereafter, a double rainbow appeared...

 

“Drowns out the TV”: Residents share Takae updates on YouTube, including U.S. military noise pollution and waste

“Drowns out the TV”: Residents share Takae updates on YouTube, including U.S. military noise pollution and waste

December 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shohei Tsukazaki

 

 

“No Helipad” Takae Residents’ Association (“Helipaddo Iranai” Takae Jumin-no-kai) is a local group that protested the construction of helipads inside the U.S. Marine Corps Jungle Warfare Training...

Who is the “Best man in the world?” Men who have been cultivating their intelligence, personality, and physique gather in Okinawa.

Who is the “Best man in the world?” Men who have been cultivating their intelligence, personality, and physique gather in Okinawa.

December 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Onna – The “Mr. World Noble King 2020 Global Competition in Okinawa” (hosted by GLAWIS), which crowns one of the participants the “Best Man in the World,” was held December 20 at the Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa in Onna. This...

Peace Prayer Statue cleaned as prayer for peaceful New Yea in Itoman

Peace Prayer Statue cleaned as prayer for peaceful New Yea in Itoman

December 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Itoman – On December 16, the Okinawa Peace Prayer Statue at the Okinawa Peace Hall in Mabuni, Itoman, was wiped clean of dust as part of a “cleansing” in preparation for the new year. In a normal year, around 20 people including bus tour guides...

Association of War-Bereaved Families protests soil collection plan for construction in Henoko

Association of War-Bereaved Families protests soil collection plan for construction in Henoko

December 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 11 the Association of War-Bereaved Families Opposed to War and Praying for Peace held a protest against the plan for collecting soil from the southern part of Okinawa Island and using the soil for land reclamation work in Henoko. The...

Shuri Castle, Seifa-Utaki, and others: 20 years since the UNESCO World Heritage List inscription

Shuri Castle, Seifa-Utaki, and others: 20 years since the UNESCO World Heritage List inscription

November 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nov 30 marks the 20th anniversary since nine sites throughout Okinawa were added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List as: “Gusuku and Related Heritage Sites of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.” The heritage...

Deck barge enters Oura Bay in Henoko in effort to speed up land reclamation work

Deck barge enters Oura Bay in Henoko in effort to speed up land reclamation work

December 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Around 8:00 a.m. a large-scale deck barge for storing soil for use in land reclamation work entered Oura Bay in Henoko, Nago City where Futenma Replacement Facility construction is moving forward. The deck barge was led to the bay by a tugboat,...

Umbrellas ‘bloom’ in December skies: Expect more gloom and rain next week

Umbrellas ‘bloom’ in December skies: Expect more gloom and rain next week

December 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa region has been experiencing cloudy skies since the beginning of December. The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory expects more cloudy and rainy days than usual for about a month between December 5 and January 4, 2021. The sunshine duration...

Professor Matsushima makes a statement at the U.N. demanding universities return Okinawan ancestral remains

Professor Matsushima makes a statement at the U.N. demanding universities return Okinawan ancestral remains

December 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 1, Professor Yasukatsu Matsushima of Ryukoku University presented a statement before the United Nations. In the statement, he sought the repatriation of ancestral remains removed from Okinawa in 1928-1929 by researchers at the former...

Symposium in Tokyo on how to convey spirit of Okinawa: “cannot rely on conventional model” and “must encourage understanding of diversity”

Symposium in Tokyo on how to convey spirit of Okinawa: “cannot rely on conventional model” and “must encourage understanding of diversity”

November 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On November 21, the “Peaceful Symposium,” organized by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, was held at the Tokyo International Forum to convey the “spirit of Okinawa” and its wish for peace to all of Japan. At the panel discussion, one panelist...

Shimpo President Hanashiro renews dedication to cultural preservation with Mécénat Award

Shimpo President Hanashiro renews dedication to cultural preservation with Mécénat Award

November 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Tokyo-based Association for Corporate Support for the Arts (Kigyo Mécénat Kyogikai “KMK”), led by President Motoki Ozaki, held its 2020 Japan Mécénat Awards Ceremony in Tokyo on November 20. The Mécénat Awards honors corporate activities that promote...