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Oldest Okinawan earthenware found in Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City

Oldest Okinawan earthenware found in Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City

November 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A representative of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum announced on November 21 that the oldest piece of Okinawan earthenware discovered to date has been found in the Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City. Carbon dating has identified it as a piece with the Oshibiki pattern from about 8,000 years ago, making it from the Initial Jomon Period. This is the first time that researchers have found earthenware with the Oshibiki pattern in Okinawa. People involved...

 

New head for Japanese Association of Southern California

November 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sadao Tome, 72, was elected as the next executive director of the Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California (Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai) by its board in October. The association is the unified body for the 40 kenjinkai (prefectural associations) from...

All Japan Abstinence Federation marks 50th anniversary in Okinawa

All Japan Abstinence Federation marks 50th anniversary in Okinawa

November 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the All Japan Abstinence...

Agent Orange second-generation victim urges Okinawa to conduct health survey

Agent Orange second-generation victim urges Okinawa to conduct health survey

November 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Agent Orange second-generation victim Heather Bowser gave a lecture at the Okinawa Prefectural...

Okinawan researchers succeed in sex-change for fish

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masaru Nakamura of the Okinawa Chura Umi Foundation and other researchers succeeded in converting...

Dugong plaintiffs consider new action in U.S. to block Henoko landfill

Dugong plaintiffs consider new action in U.S. to block Henoko landfill

November 6, 2013 Yugo Okita of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa dugong plaintiffs are considering filing a new lawsuit in the United States...

Three winners of Miss Okinawa 2014

Three winners of Miss Okinawa 2014

November 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau held the Miss Okinawa Contest 2014 at the conference...

First generation Okinawan Bolivian couple returns to their homeland

First generation Okinawan Bolivian couple returns to their homeland

November 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, a couple who were among the first group of emigrants from Okinawa to Bolivia in 1954 came home after 11 years. Ninety-one-year-old Tetsu Nagayama and eighty-eight-year-old Tomiko came back to Okinawa in 1972 before going back to Bolivia in 2002.

Their...

Growing number of Ryukyu long-haired rats killed on roads

Growing number of Ryukyu long-haired rats killed on roads

October 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of the road accidents involving Ryukyu long-haired rats is increasing, claiming the lives of 13 animals so far this year.

Experts warn that this year’s figure could possibly reach 25, exceeding the highest number recorded in 2011 in which 24...

Postage stamp commemorating 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

Postage stamp commemorating 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

October 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Okinawa branch of Japan Post released postage stamps commemorating the 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament. The stamps depict bullfighting scenes mainly from the works of freelance photographer Yukie Kudaka, who is from Uruma City and...

Brazil Kenjin-Kai calls for Governor to attend 100th anniversary ceremony

Brazil Kenjin-Kai calls for Governor to attend 100th anniversary ceremony

October 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The vice chairperson of the Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai Eiki Shimabukuro, Juliana Higa and others visited the Okinawa Prefectural Office on October 15. Higa received a “Miss Ryuso” award, given to those who look good in Ryukyuan traditional costume....