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7 top professional baseball teams holding their spring training in Okinawa

7 top professional baseball teams holding their spring training in Okinawa

February 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 1, professional baseball spring training camps began throughout Okinawa. The Hanshin Tigers have begun training in Ginoza Village, the Chunichi Dragons in Chatan Town, the Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars in Ginowan City, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Urasoe City, the Chiba Lotte Marines in Ishigaki City, the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles in Kumejima Town, and the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Kunigami Village. There was drizzle, but all teams trained hard in...

 

Kiyuna wins fourth straight victory at Japan Cup Karatedo

Kiyuna wins fourth straight victory at Japan Cup Karatedo

December 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The final competition of the Japan Cup Karatedo was held on December 13 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. In the Men’s Individual Kata Division, Ryo Kiyuna (Ryuei-ryu and Kobudo-ryuhokai) won the championship title for the fourth consecutive time. Arata Kinjo...

Yoko Gushiken inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

Yoko Gushiken inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

June 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Canastota, New York

Yoko Gushiken, the former WBA light flyweight champion, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 15. An Okinawa native, Gushiken holds the Japanese record of 13 world title defenses. The modern...

Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation supports Tanzania with baseball gear donation

Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation supports Tanzania with baseball gear donation

December 23, 204 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taku Uehara, teacher of Gushikawa Commercial High School, is promoting baseball in Zanzibar, Tanzania. To support Uehara, Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation will send baseball gear collected from the member schools and individuals, to...

20,029 people complete the 30th Naha Marathon

 20,029 people complete the 30th Naha Marathon

December 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City Government and other organizations held the 30th Naha Marathon on December 7. Participants started in front of Meijibashi intersection on National Route 58 in Naha and ran 42.195 kilometers in the southern part of Okinawa. They finished at Onoyama...

Sugar Ride Kumejima cycling event held

Sugar Ride Kumejima cycling event held

December 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The fourth Sugar Ride Kumejima took place at Ojima on November 30. Cyclists enjoyed touring around Kumejima Town, where nature is in abundance.

Over the 125 kilometer-Challenge course, the participants did three laps of the island. For the 90 kilometer-Athlete...

1,000 martial artists demonstrate their karate routines

1,000 martial artists demonstrate their karate routines

October 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Commemorating Karate Day, the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Prefectural Assembly and the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai held a martial arts demonstration on October 26 at a plaza near Kokusai Street, Naha. About 1000 martial artists from four organizations,...

Symposium aiming to add Okinawa Karate to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list

Symposium aiming to add Okinawa Karate to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list

October 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

October 25 is designated as “Karate Day” by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG). The OPG, Prefectural Assembly and the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai held a symposium in Naha City for the occasion. About 170 people took part in the symposium. The...

All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima to include Irabu Long Bridge on bike course

All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima to include Irabu Long Bridge on bike course

September 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A general meeting for the executive committee of the 31st All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima was held in Miyakojima on September 25. The committee decided to hold the competition on April 19 2015 and include the newly-built Irabu Long Bridge in the bike course....

Okinawa team wins championship at Karate 1 Premier League

Okinawa team wins championship at Karate 1 Premier League

September 1, 2014 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo

The final competition of the Karate 1 Premier League was held on August 31 at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City. In the final of the Kata Team Division, Okinawa team, including Ryo Kyuna (Ryueiryu and Kobudo-ryuhokai), Arata Kinjo...

Ryukyu Golden Kings win the national championship for the third time

Ryukyu Golden Kings win the national championship for the third time

May 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s national league basketball team won the championship in Japan’s professional basketball league or “bj league” at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo on May 25. In the play off for the 2013-2014 season championship, the Ryukyu Golden Kings beat...

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