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King and queen kick off Shurijo Castle Festival one year after fire

King and queen kick off Shurijo Castle Festival one year after fire

October 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shurijo Castle Festival, which reenacts the Ryukyu Kingdom’s magnificent ceremonies and traditions, was canceled last year after a fire destroyed the Shurijo Castle’s main hall. This year, the festival
(organized by its executive committee) opened on October31, with the festival’s king and queen—Tomoaki Takara and Seika Kamiyama, respectively—kicking off the festivities in the shutsugyo (royal arrival) event at 11 a.m. and captivated spectators...

 

On Global Uchinanchu Day, one group wants Okinawa to establish a global Uchinanchu center in time for the 2022 global Uchinanchu festival

On Global Uchinanchu Day, one group wants Okinawa to establish a global Uchinanchu center in time for the 2022 global Uchinanchu festival

October 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

October 30 is “Global Uchinanchu Day.” The Global Uchinanchu Center Establishment Support Committee (Choko Takayama, Takeshi Miki, and Seishin Oyama, joint representatives), which is looking to establish a location where Uchinanchu from all over the world...

More than 5 billion yen donated to rebuild Shuri Castle

More than 5 billion yen donated to rebuild Shuri Castle

October 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By October 28, it was clear that donations to rebuild Shuri Castle, which burned down in October of last year, had exceeded 5 billion yen. As of October 28, total donations to Okinawa Prefecture, Naha City, and the Okinawa Churashima Foundation amounted to at...

Okinawa announces 3 of their COVID-19 warning indicators have reached the level of “Widespread Infection,” points to large group parties as primary risk factor

October 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture continues to see new cases of COVID-19 on the rise, recording the largest number of new cases per 100,000 people since October 3, the worst for all prefectures in Japan. If the spread of the virus continues at its current pace, there is a fear...

Do corals form clouds? University of Tokyo and OIST researchers decode Acropora genome, hope to elucidate environmental adaptability

October 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently, University of Tokyo Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute associate professor Chuya Shinzato, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) professor Noriyuki Sato, and others decoded the genome of 18 species of coral in the...

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...

“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...