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Okinawan information exchange social networking site set up by a third-generation Okinawan from Hawaii proves to be popular

Okinawan information exchange social networking site set up by a third-generation Okinawan from Hawaii proves to be popular

October 11, 2011 Kiyoshi Ujiie of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A social-networking site that was designed to create connections among Uchinanchu around the world and is run by a third-generation Okinawan from Hawaii, Daniel Hiroki Chinen (44 years old), is rapidly growing in popularity. The site maintains active dialogues among its users who exchange information and hold study sessions on Okinawan culture. Already more than 1000 people have joined.

In the past, while Chinen was aware...

 

Record number of more than 5000 people to participate in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

Record number of more than 5000 people to participate in the 5th Worldwide <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival

October 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 6, it was reported that the number of people planning to come to Okinawa from other prefectures and countries to take part in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival has reached a record-high of almost 6000. The festival will be held over a four-day...

Nursery rhymes to be sung to welcome Uchinanchu from all around the world

Nursery rhymes to be sung to welcome <em>Uchinanchu</em> from all around the world

October 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Choral Group for Okinawan Nursery Rhymes and School-Songs” (headed by Zenko Iramina), which consists of three nursery rhyme and school-song circles from the middle region of Okinawa Prefecture, is scheduled to participate in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu...

Miyu returns in November after recovering well

Miyu returns in November after recovering well

September 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyu Kaname, a 13 year-old girl from Urasoe City, will return home on November 7. She has recovered well from heart transplant surgery carried out this April at Columbia University Hospital in New York to correct her restrictive cardiomyopathy. After she returns...

Book on the crimes of U.S. Occupation Forces against Okinawan people is published by a former OPG official

Book on the crimes of U.S. Occupation Forces against Okinawan people is published by a former OPG official

September 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A book entitled “The Record of Crimes Against the Okinawan People by U.S. Military Occupation Forces – Volume 2” was published recently by 72 year-old Morio Tengan, a resident of Uruma City and former director of the Koza Labor Management Office of...

Number of Okinawa’s centenarians up to 920

September 14, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 13, the Okinawa Prefecture Department of Welfare and Health announced the number of people now aged 100 years or more and the list of the oldest people in the prefecture.

As of September 15, there were 920 centenarians, down two from the...

Newspaper ad opposing relocation of Futenma Air Station within Okinawa put on New York Times website

Newspaper ad opposing relocation of Futenma Air Station within Okinawa put on New York Times website

September 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

From September 21 to 22, volunteers from citizen groups opposing the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko put a newspaper advertisement in the international news section of New York Times electronic edition, the most popular American online newspaper...

Japan marks six months having passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake

Japan marks six months having passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake

September 12, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 11, to mark six months having passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, a protest march against nuclear power plants entitled “9.11 Anger in Fukushima March,” was held in an open area...

Three unexploded shells found in Shuri High School grounds

September 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 11:30am on September 9, workers carrying out a magnetic survey in the grounds of Shuri High School in Mawashi Town of Shuri, Naha City, as part of the process of constructing a new school building found three unexploded shells around 1.5 meters below...

100 year-old Okinawan Peruvian woman tells her story

100 year-old Okinawan Peruvian woman tells her story

September 7, 2011 Hisao Miyagi, reporter of Ryukyu Shimpo, in Lima City

As the Peru Okinawa Kenjin-Kai marked the 100th anniversary of its foundation, first-generation Okinawan Peruvian Tsuyu Toyama, who currently resides in Lima City, Peru, turned 100 this year but remains in good...

Bone of tall Jomon man found in Itoman City

Bone of tall Jomon man found in Itoman City

August 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Mabuni Hantabaru archeological site in Itoman City researchers have found a forearm bone of a male roughly 169 centimeters tall among the bones of 85 people from the late Jomon period, dating back 3,000-4,000 years.

The bone, measuring about 28 centimeters...