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Okinawan musician performs in the United States

Okinawan musician performs in the United States

November 12, 2012 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Takane Kochihira, an Okinawan sanshin player, songwriter and Okinawan cultural coordinator, has given live performances on the west coast of the United States. In a 10-day period, Kochihira performed at places such as Japanese-American senior citizens’ homes and at the Okinawa Association of America. Kochihira took with him a special sanshin featuring a minsah pattern, a traditional Okinawan textile, because...

 

Dalai Lama calls for century of peace

Dalai Lama calls for century of peace

November 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 11, at the Budokan in Naha, the supreme leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the 14th Dalai Lama gave a public talk on “The Strength to Overcome Difficulties and Talk to the Future Younger Generation.” It was attended by about 3500 people, including 645...

Dalai Lama agrees that the current concentration of bases in Okinawa reflects discrimination

Dalai Lama agrees that the current concentration of bases in Okinawa reflects discrimination

November 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 12, in Okinawa, Tibetan spiritual leader the 14th Dalai Lama suggested how the Okinawan people, who suffer under the heavy burden of U.S. military presence, could take action. The Dalai Lama stated that the Okinawan people are well-educated and know...

Okinawan Police will not arrest the U.S. serviceman who trespassed and assaulted a teenage boy in Yomitan

November 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kadena Police have identified a member of the U.S. military as the suspect in the case of trespassing and assault of a junior high school student in Yomitan on November 2. Police officers spoke to the 24 year-old man stationed at Kadena Air Base after he agreed...

120000 people conduct evacuation drills in Okinawa

120000 people conduct evacuation drills in Okinawa

November 06, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 5, learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and all municipalities conducted evacuation drills in many parts of Okinawa for the first time this year, on the basis that a huge earthquake and tsunami had occurred.

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Second World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in the United States next July

Second World Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival to be held in the United States next July

October 21, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

The second World Youth Uchinanchu Festival will be held in Los Angeles at the end of next June. This festival that brings together Uchinanchu youth from all around the globe is organized by the World Youth Uchinanchu Association (WYUA),...

Naha adopts Uchinaguchi in employment test

October 22, 2012 Masanao Chinen of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 21, the Naha Municipal Office announced that it will incorporate greetings in Uchinaguchi into this year’s employment test interviews. This is a part of the “Haisai, Haitai Campaign” in which staff...

Human bones and stone tools dating back 12000 years found in Nanjo

Human bones and stone tools dating back 12000 years found in Nanjo

October 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of October 19, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum announced that they had found human and boar bones and tools made of quartz and shellfish in the 12000 year-old layer of the Old Stone Age in the Sakitari Cave Ruins in Nanjo. According...

Yoshimatsu wins Miss International crown

Yoshimatsu wins Miss International crown

October 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 21, the final of the 52nd Miss International was held at the Budokan in Naha. Ikumi Yoshimatsu, 25, from Saga Prefecture, won Miss International 2012, ahead of 68 other beauty contest candidates from 80 countries and regions. This was the first time...

Nakachi looks back on the landowners’ struggle against the U.S. military in the post-war period

Nakachi looks back on the landowners' struggle against the U.S. military in the post-war period

October 5, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 20, at the exhibition at the Okinawa City Gallery Postwar Culture and History called “Histreet,” the Okinawa Municipal Historiographic Office held its regular monthly meeting of the Society for Postwar History. Meijo Nakachi, the editor...

270000 people enjoy huge tug of war in Naha

270000 people enjoy huge tug of war in Naha

October 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 7, the 42nd Naha Ozunahiki (Naha Tug of War) was held at the intersection of Route 58 in Kumoji, Naha. According to the organizers, about 275000 people participated in the festival, enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the event in which huge...