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The Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival enthrals spectators

The Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival enthrals spectators

August 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 59th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City from August 15 to 17. Fifteen Eisa organizations from in and outside the city took part in the festival and attracted spectators to various performances. Many families and tourists visited the park from in and outside Okinawa. According to the event organizer, 310,000 visitors enjoyed the festival over the three-day period, which included a michijune parade.
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Ten years since U.S. helicopter crashed into Okinawa International University: Students hold a symposium at university

Ten years since U.S. helicopter crashed into Okinawa International University: Students hold a symposium at university

August 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten years have passed since an American military helicopter crashed into Okinawa International University on August 13, 2004. On August 12, university students discussed the issues of the U.S. military bases in Okinawa at events held at the same university and...

All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament attracts 2,500 spectators

All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament attracts 2,500 spectators

August 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, the All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Summer Tournament was held, sponsored jointly by the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and the RyukyuShimpo Co., at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City. About 20 young and veteran bulls gathered...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama visits Henoko

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama visits Henoko

July 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 25, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama dropped in at Henoko fishing port in Nago, during his stay in Okinawa to take part in a symposium. After visiting the tent of a 17-year ongoing sit-in, he surveyed the shore of Camp Schwab, the planned relocation site...

Special exhibition of royal costume held at Shurijo Castle

Special exhibition of royal costume held at Shurijo Castle

July 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 4, at the golden palace of the Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, a special exhibition titled “Beautiful…orisen-I, II of Ryukyu kingdom” began. It will be on until September 17. It is the first time that a special exhibition has been held...

The Star Festival in Okinawa

The Star Festival in Okinawa

July 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 7 is Tanabata, a Japanese star festival. The day belongs to Shosho or “minor heat”, one of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars. According to the calendar, summer officially begins on this day.

The star festival...

Seal appears in the sea of Tokashiki Island

Seal appears in the sea of Tokashiki Island

June 25, 2014 Hideaki Yoneda correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, a seal originating from the North Sea was confirmed to be swimming in the sea near Tokashiki Island. At 8:30 a.m. on the same day, Kazuhiro Tamaki and Hayato Nakamura, members of the Tokashiki Fishery Association, found...

EVA Airways launches flights between Taipei and Naha

EVA Airways launches flights between Taipei and Naha

June 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

EVA Airways, a leading airline based in Taiwan, launched flights between Taipei and Naha for the first time on June 17. It is the fourth company to operate flights on the route, following China Airlines, TransAsia Airways and LCC airline Peach Aviation. EVA Airways...

Summer vegetable uncheba harvest under cloudy skies

Summer vegetable <em>uncheba</em> harvest under cloudy skies

June 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The harvesting of summer vegetable water spinach, or uncheba in Okinawan dialect, has begun. On June 9, as the rainy season was coming to an end, Katsuaki Higa harvested freshly grown uncheba at his vegetable field in Tagami, Tomigusuku. The village’s...

Itoman Harley dragon-boat race held

Itoman <em>Harley</em> dragon-boat race held

June 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4 of the old lunar calendar (June 1), also known as Yukka-nu-hi, Harley dragon-boat races were held in various locations around Okinawa to wish for a safe and prosperous fishing season.

The Harley race held at the Itoman Fishing...

A memorial service for Okinawan war dead held in Tinian

A memorial service for Okinawan war dead held in Tinian

May 28, 2014 Hisao Tome reports from Tinian

The 37th memorial service for the Okinawan war dead was held at the Tower of Okinawa in Tinian on May 27. About 100 people, including Okinawan returnees from Tenian, their families and local officials, attended the memorial service. They consoled...

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