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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 Athletic Park.

Saitama resident Yuki Kawauchi won the male division with a time of 2 hours 13 minutes 43 seconds, shattering the tournament record. Kawauchi is known as the “citizen runner”...

 

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...

Ryukyu Golden Kings attracts 100,000 visitors a year for the first time in a professional basketball league in Japan

Ryukyu Golden Kings attracts 100,000 visitors a year for the first time in a professional basketball league in Japan

May 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s national league basketball team Ryukyu Golden Kings attracted 101,054 visitors in the year ending May 11 – a national record. According to a spokesperson of the team, which is a star team in Japan’s professional basketball league or “bj league”,...

Symposium to talk about creating Okinawan karate brand

Symposium to talk about creating Okinawan karate brand

March 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A symposium to talk about boosting the international profile of Okinawan karate was held at the Urasoe Industry Promotion Center on March 22.

Okinawa Prefectural Government officials and karate instructors talked about promoting Okinawa as the birthplace...

Cycling event Sugar Ride Kumejima held

Cycling event Sugar Ride Kumejima held

March 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The third Sugar Ride Kumejima started at Ojima on March 16. Cyclists enjoyed touring around Kumejima Town, which has rich nature.

Over the 130 kilometer-Challenge course, the participants did three laps of the island. In the 90 kilometer-Athlete course, they...

Yusaku Miyazato wins 1st career title in Nippon Series

Yusaku Miyazato wins 1st career title in Nippon Series

December 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yusaku Miyazato has won his long-sought-after first title in his 11-year career as a professional in the season-ending Nippon Series JT Cup. The final round of the JT Cup was held on December 8 at the Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club.

The first-round co-leader...

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