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13,587 people attend the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival from around the world

13,587 people attend the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival from around the world

October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The opening ceremony of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival took place at the Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha on October 27, kicking off the four-day festival. A total of 13,587 people attended the opening ceremony. The festival lasted until October 30 and featured events promoting traditional Okinawan culture and history. These events were hoped to strengthen the bonds between Uchinanchu at home and abroad. There are approximately 420 thousand Uchinanchu...

 

Young attendees to the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival visit and study Henoko and Takae

Young attendees to the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival visit and study Henoko and Takae

October 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 24, young people of Okinawan heritage in their 20s and 30s from countries around the world visited places shaken by military base issues, namely the ocean at Henoko and the woods in Takae, prior to the opening of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival...

Hawaii’s Ige tells Onaga he is inspired by great participation from abroad in Uchinanchu Festival

Hawaii’s Ige tells Onaga he is inspired by great participation from abroad in Uchinanchu Festival

October 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Governor of Hawaii David Ige visited Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Prefectural Office in the evening on October 26 during his trip to Okinawa to attend the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival. The two confirmed that Okinawa and Hawaii will continue...

Protests in Osaka call for withdrawal of Osaka police from Okinawa after “dojin” remark

Protests in Osaka call for withdrawal of Osaka police from Okinawa after “dojin” remark

October 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 24, a total of around 150 citizens, labor union members and others, both local and from outside Osaka Prefecture, visited the Osaka Prefectural Office and the Osaka Prefectural Police Department headquarters (see photograph) to protest recent events...

5th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival held to deepen bond for Okinawaʻs future

5th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival held to deepen bond for Okinawaʻs future

October 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 20, the 5th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival was held for the first time in Okinawa. At the opening ceremony in Sawafuji Mirai Hall, Nishihara, more than 200 participants attended. Four representatives pledged that Uchinanchu youth from around the...

Swimming in Ginowan’s beaches prohibited after sighting of shark

October 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Swimming was prohibited in Chatan beaches after the sighting of a shark, reportedly a Bull shark, in the Mihama area of the Town. Since October 12, swimming in Tropical beach in the Mashiki area of Ginowan City has also been prohibited. This is the third beach...

Family of Korean war victims faces difficulty in getting names inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

Family of Korean war victims faces difficulty in getting names inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

October 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The family of two Korean war victims who were suspected to have died in Okinawa had been hoping to get the victims’ names inscribed on the Cornerstone of Peace in Mabuni, Itoman City. However, on October 5, they were told they could not apply because there was...

Rare Okinawa woodpecker spotted in Takae

Rare Okinawa woodpecker spotted in Takae

October 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Construction of new helicopter landing pads (helipads) is scheduled in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA), which spans across Higashi Village and Kunigami Village. Around Arakawa dam, which neighbors the NTA, an Okinawa woodpecker, which has been...

Four years after Osprey deployment, some call for a stop to operations; others positive

Four years after Osprey deployment, some call for a stop to operations; others positive

October 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Ginowan) October 1 marks four years since MV-22 Osprey verticle takeoff and landing transport aircraft were deployed, despite local opposition, to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma in Ginowan City. Protesters who blockaded the base to express their...

US Harrier jet crashes off Okinawa

US Harrier jet crashes off Okinawa

September 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. Marines AV-8 Harrier jet went down in the ocean off Okinawa after taking off from U.S. Kadena Air Base on the afternoon of September 22. According to the U.S. military, the pilot was safe and the Nakagusuku branch of the Japan Coast Guard dispatched rescue...

US base issues cast doubt on World Natural Heritage Site designation for Yambaru National Park woodlands

US base issues cast doubt on World Natural Heritage Site designation for Yambaru National Park woodlands

September 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The meeting of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that was held in Hawaii at the beginning of the month focused on the issue of invasive species. During the meeting the IUCN adopted a recommendation on protecting Okinawa Island against...