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Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

January 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 25th Kakizome Festival was held at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City on January 10. The event involves around 1,000 people writing kanji and prizes are awarded.

About 1,050 people ranging from three to 68 year-old took part in this year`s event. The participants worked diligently on writing their kakizome or first calligraphy. Ginoza Junior High School student Kaito Yamada received the Prime Minister’s Award, which is the...

 

Nago Mayor swears to end Henoko issue at first sunrise of 2015

Nago Mayor swears to end Henoko issue at first sunrise of 2015

January 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 1, about 200 people gathered at Matsuda Nuhama beach in Henoko, Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to construct a replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, to watch the first sunrise of 2015. Nago Mayor...

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

December 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shuri Tonokura Community Association held a Nubi dedicatory ceremony at Shuri Castle on December 28. As part of the ceremony, people traditionally took water from the Heduukka River in Kunigami and presented it to the Ryukyu Kingdom’s authorities...

Human bones dating back 9,000 years found at Sakitari Cave

Human bones dating back 9,000 years found at Sakitari Cave

December 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 11, an official from the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art museum announced that they had found human bones dating back over 9,000 years at Sakitari Cave, located in the Valley of Gangala, Maekawa in Tamagusuku, Nanjo.

The bones were found...

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...

2,200 protesters surround OPG buildings and demand Okinawa Govenor Nakaima

2,200 protesters surround OPG buildings and demand Okinawa Govenor Nakaima

December 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima could possibly approve an application submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to change the method used for landfill in Henoko, Nago, where a new U.S. Marine air base is planned to replace the Futenma base in Ginowan. On December...

Kitten stuck between car saved

Kitten stuck between car saved

November 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a busy intersection on National Route 58 in Urasoe, a kitten about 20 centimeters long was saved by firefighters after getting stuck under a mini-van at a red light. The incident occurred at Jitchaku intersection on November 11.

Hideo Akamine, who...

All-Okinawa Bullfighting Autumn Tournament attracts 4,500 spectators

All-Okinawa Bullfighting Autumn Tournament attracts 4,500 spectators

November 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, the 102nd All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Autumn Tournament was held, sponsored jointly by the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and the Ryukyu Shimpo Co., at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City.

Twenty-four bulls competed...

Ryukyu Dynasty’s procession at Kokusai Street

Ryukyu Dynasty's procession at Kokusai Street

November 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, a Ryukyu Dynasty picture scroll procession was held at Kokusai Street in Naha. About 800 people who dressed in the clothes of King and Queen, vassals and Chinese envoys called Sapposhi during the Ryukyu Kingdom, marched, reviving a magnificent...

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,...

Okinawa Soba Day

Okinawa Soba Day

October 17, 2014 Ryuyu Shimpo

October 17 is Okinawa Soba Day. On October 16, at Okinawa Soba restaurant Kenpa No Subaya in the Omoromachi district of Naha, many businessmen and tourists came to taste the hot noodle with a broth made from bonito flakes.

Mikio Teruya who came with his...

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