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Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An old procession from the days of Ryukyu dynasty was held in and around the Shuri-jo Castle Park on January 3, the last day of the 2015 Shuri Castle Festival.

About 250 people dressed in old traditional costumes, with two people playing the roles of king and queen. They walked through streets near Ryu-tan Pond from the royal garden and Shureimon gate.

The event is held annually and is an opportunity to pray for peace and security and a rich...

 

Okinawa city celebrates population reaching 140000 people

Okinawa city celebrates population reaching 140000 people

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, Okinawa city’s population reached 140,000 people. A ceremony to celebrate the milestone was held at Okinawa city municipal office on July 23. About 100 people, including residents, members of the city councils, City staff officers of and parents...

Symposium on Ishigaki Island’s future, independence, base issues, and peace

Symposium on Ishigaki Island’s future, independence, base issues, and peace

October 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 24, in Ishigaki Citizen Hall, the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans (ACSILs) opened a symposium to address peace and Ryukyuan independence. A panel of officials from the Yaeyama Islands and Guam exchanged views...

Karate Day: Over 2,000 people including children perform in Naha

Karate Day: Over 2,000 people including children perform in Naha

October 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 25, in commemoration of Karate Day, which highlights that Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate, events were held at a square in front of Tenbus-kan Hall and in Kokusai Street.

The Okinawa...

Strong opposition against temporary deployments of US Air National Guard F-16 squadrons to Kadena

Strong opposition against temporary deployments of US Air National Guard F-16 squadrons to Kadena

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Five F-16 fighters belonging to the 125th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron located at Tulsa Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma landed at Kadena U.S. Air Base on October 22. According to the U.S. Air Force, 12 F-16 fighters will be deployed temporarily to Kadena...

Two typhoon experts at University of the Ryukyus collaborate

Two typhoon experts at University of the Ryukyus collaborate

October 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two typhoon experts, 44-year-old associate professor Hiroyuki Yamada and 33-year-old assistant professor Kosuke Ito have formed a rare partnership in their research into mesoscale meteorology and numerical weather prediction systems in the Geoscience Section at...

Governor Onaga to attend 110th immigration anniversary ceremony in Peru

Governor Onaga to attend 110th immigration anniversary ceremony in Peru

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, President Arturo Yara of Peru Okinawa Kenjinkai and board members visited Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Government to ask for his attendance at the 110th Peru immigration anniversary celebration ceremony next August. Governor...

Group opposing Henoko Soil Hauling discusses future activities

Group opposing Henoko Soil Hauling discusses future activities

October 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A nationwide liaison council, Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling, which is comprised of local organizations of the regions where the Okinawa Defense Bureau is collecting soil for the purpose of landfilling in Henoko, opened its second general meeting on the morning...

Unexploded ordnance disposal in Naha City forces 1,700 people to evacuate

Unexploded ordnance disposal in Naha City forces 1,700 people to evacuate

October 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 10 a.m. on October 4, at a construction site for an accommodation facility in Yogi, Naha, Ground Self-Defense Force personnel disposed of an unexploded WWII five-inch shell (44 centimeters long and 12.7 centimeters in diameter). The unexploded ordnance was...

Both Governors swear new era of exchange on 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa Sister-State Relationship

Both Governors swear new era of exchange on 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa Sister-State Relationship

October 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 30th anniversary ceremony of a sister-state affiliation between Okinawa and Hawaii was held on the evening of October 9 at the Loisir Hotel & Spa Tower Naha in Naha.

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Hawaii Governor David Ige expressed gratitude...

University presidents in Okinawa ask for halt on US military flights

University presidents in Okinawa ask for halt on US military flights

October 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten presidents of universities, colleges and a technical junior college in Okinawa sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister at the end of September, asking for halt of the flight of U.S. military aircraft over the campuses.

They will...