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War memories must be preserved; pledge made at Memorial Ceremony in Tinian

War memories must be preserved; pledge made at Memorial Ceremony in Tinian

May 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
On May 26, the 38th Tinian Memorial Ceremony for War Victims of Okinawan Descent was held at the “Okinawa Tower” located on the Carolinas Plateau in Tinian, in the Northern Mariana Islands. Around 80 people attended the memorial ceremony, their families, and local people. Attendees prayed for the souls of those killed in the land battle that occurred in Tinian 71 years ago, and they pledged to pass on the memories of the war.

Atsushi Asato, 70, who...

 

Rainy season starts later than usual in Okinawa

Rainy season starts later than usual in Okinawa

May 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 20, Okinawa Meteorological Observatory declared the start of rainy season in Okinawa, 11 days later than in an average year, and 15 days later than last year.

In the Amami Islands near Okinawa, the wet weather began on May 19, the earliest rainy season...

87 new names inscribed on Cornerstone of Peace memorial in Okinawa

May 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced on May 21 that they would add the names of 87 people who died in the war to the Cornerstone of Peace memorial. The memorial lists the victims of the Battle of Okinawa. All of those newly added came from Japan –...

“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...

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...