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The Year of the Rooster 2017: Okinawan native chicken “chan” wishes happy New Year in a beautiful voice

The Year of the Rooster 2017: Okinawan native chicken “chan” wishes happy New Year in a beautiful voice

January 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

2017 is the year of the Rooster. Sixty-four-year-old Rinkichi Teruya, who lives at Mizugama, Kadena, raises chan chickens, which are native to Okinawa. The chickens were showing off their beautiful high voices and their typical three-syllable sound at his house.

Chans are an Okinawa prefecture designated natural treasure. It is said the chickens came from China during the Ryukyu Kingdom era when wealthy people kept them as a pet to enjoy because of the...

 

New Year’s banquet at Shuri Castle: Ryukyu Kingdom era ritual performed as prayer for peace

New Year's banquet at Shuri Castle: Ryukyu Kingdom era ritual performed as prayer for peace

January 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 1, the annual New Year’s banquet began at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, Okinawa. The event is held every year from January 1 to 3.

The Chouhaiokishiki, or Imperial Court New Year’s morning ceremony from the Ryukyu Kingdom era, was held...

4,200 people at the Nago protest rally and governor determined to remove Ospreys

4,200 people at the Nago protest rally and governor determined to remove Ospreys

December 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Nago] On December 22, the Emergency Protest Rally Demanding the Removal of the Defective Aircraft Osprey took place following the crash-landing accident of the U.S. military vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft MV-22 Osprey at the coast of Abu of...

Efforts to preserve eight endangered languages discussed at summit in Yoron

Efforts to preserve eight endangered languages discussed at summit in Yoron

November 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naoki Isa Reporting from Yoron, Kagoshima

The 2016 Yoron Endangered Languages and Dialects Summit was held at the Yoron Community Gymnasium in Yoron, Kagoshima on October 13. It was hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Kagoshima Prefecture, and...

Uchinanchu Festival Closing Ceremony saw 15,395 enthusiastically carry on Okinawa’s spirit

Uchinanchu Festival Closing Ceremony saw 15,395 enthusiastically carry on Okinawa’s spirit

October 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 30, the Closing Ceremony and Grand Finale of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival were held at Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha in Naha City, and the festival drew to a close. 15,395 people attended the Closing Ceremony from overseas, other parts of Japan,...

3973-Person Karate demonstration breaks Guinness World Record at anniversary festival on Kokusai Street

3973-Person Karate demonstration breaks Guinness World Record at anniversary festival on Kokusai Street

October 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Karate Guinness World Record was attempted at the “Karate Day Anniversary Demonstration Festival,” on Kokusai Street in Naha, October 23. A simultaneous demonstration of 3973 people was formally recognized by adjudicators, setting a new Guinness World Record....

Onaga responds to riot police officer using discriminatory term for Okinawan protesters

Onaga responds to riot police officer using discriminatory term for Okinawan protesters

October 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At an interview on October 19 at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, Governor Takeshi Onaga gave a comment in regards to the riot police officer who used “dojin,” a derogatory term for “aborigines,” to refer to Okinawan protesters. Onaga said, “The implication...

Two protestors sustain injuries while opposing helipad construction in Takae

Two protestors sustain injuries while opposing helipad construction in Takae

August 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 22, riot police forcibly removed about 90 protestors who were blocking construction vehicles working on construction of new helipads in the Northern Training Area spanning Higashi Village and Kunigami Village in Okinawa. One man and one woman were injured...

2,000 rally in silent protest in front of US base, mourning the death of a woman

2,000 rally in silent protest in front of US base, mourning the death of a woman

May 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22, in front of U.S. Marine Camp Zukeran, where the U.S. Forces Japan Okinawa Area Field Office is located, in Kitanakagusuku, an emergency protest rally was held to mourn the death of a woman who was allegedly killed by a former U.S. marine.

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55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

May 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Okinawa marked 44 years since the administration of the islands was given back to Japan from the United States. A rally calling for peace and protecting life was held at a park in the Naha New Urban Center, a former U.S. military facility.

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Seven hundred protest Medoruma arrest, continued oppression

Seven hundred protest Medoruma arrest, continued oppression

April 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 6, an Okinawan group opposing military base relocation within Okinawa organized an urgent protest rally held in front of the gate to U.S. Camp Foster in Kitanakagusuku. According to the organizers, 700 people joined the rally, where they raised their voices...

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