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Unjami Festival in Ogimi

<em>Unjami</em> Festival in Ogimi

September 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 11, the Unjami Festival was held in Shioya Bay and other areas of Ogimi. This event is designated as one of Japan’s significant intangible folk cultural assets. At shrine rooms in Tanna and Yafu, Okinawan shaman or kaminchu prayed for a good catch. This was followed by the Ugan Barley dragon boat race, which brought the festival to a climax. The Unjami Festival is held every year in the seventh month of...

 

Collector acquires tickets and commuter passes of a street-car that operated in Okinawa in the prewar period

Collector acquires tickets and commuter passes of a street-car that operated in Okinawa in the prewar period

July 22, 2012 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo

Chatan resident Shigeo Teruya, a self-employed worker who collects Okinawan valuable paper materials, acquired tickets and commuter passes of the street-car that operated in Okinawa for about 20 years from 1914. Referring to the fact that the street-car...

Large catch of suku on Ojima

Large catch of <em>suku</em> on Ojima

July 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 19, which is June 1 in the old lunar calendar, at Ojima in Nanjo, baby rabbitfish, called suku, were caught. Fishermen managed a good catch with about 360 kilograms being hauled in this day. Suku are about three to four centimeters long...

Kimura completes four-year circumnavigation of the world

Kimura completes four-year circumnavigation of the world

June 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A yacht named Fang, with four people including 65 year-old skipper Takeo Kimura on board, completed a four-year voyage around the world. Kimura, who currently lives in Kanagawa, left Kushiro Port in Hokkaido on June 4, 2008. On June 9, 2012, he brought the yacht...

Okinawa Kizuna Declaration

Okinawa Kizuna Declaration

May 27, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 6th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM6), which was held at the Bankoku Shinryokan resort in Nago, came to a close on May 26. Leaders from 16 Pacific island countries who participated in PALM6 released a joint document named the Okinawa Kizuna Declaration,...

Passersby rescue stray loggerhead turtle on road

Passersby rescue stray loggerhead turtle on road

May 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

After 5:00am on May 21, on the road at Hentona in Kunigami, a driver on Route 58 found a loggerhead turtle, which is designated as an endangered species. In the brisk hours of the early morning, passersby and police officers cooperated to get the turtle back to the...

Ukrainian Balokhin wins the Miyakojima triathlon for the first time

Ukrainian Balokhin wins the Miyakojima triathlon for the first time

April 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 15, the 28th All Japan Triath about us lon Miyakojima (co-hosted by Miyakojima City and the Ryukyu Shimpo) was held with 1470 triathlon athletes started off at 7:00am...

Residents of Henza Island pray to the ocean for prosperity at Sangwacha

Residents of Henza Island pray to the ocean for prosperity at <em>Sangwacha</em>

March 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On Henza Island in Yonashiro, Uruma for three days from March 24, or March 3 on the lunar calendar, the traditional ceremony sangwacha was held. On nakanuhi, or the middle day of March 25, a tudanuiyu ceremony was held to pray for a good...

Hamauri held at beaches – people purify themselves

<em>Hamauri</em> held at beaches - people purify themselves

March 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 24, which is May 3 in the lunar calendar, a ceremony called hamauri was held at beaches around Okinawa. Every year, Okinawan people go to the beaches where they soak their hands and feet in seawater to cleanse themselves as they pray for their...

Okinawa International Movie Festival Opens – 350 movie stars and artists walk on the red carpet

Okinawa International Movie Festival Opens - 350 movie stars and artists walk on the red carpet

March 25, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 24, the 4th Okinawa International Movie Festival commenced at Ginowan and other places around Okinawa. About 350 movie stars and artists, including a comedy duo from Okinawa and popular comedians from the main islands of Japan, walked on the 300-meter long...

Black-faced spoonbill flies into the sky over Tomigusuku after having treatment

Black-faced spoonbill flies into the sky over Tomigusuku after having treatment

March 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 14, a black-faced spoonbill that had been entangled in fishing line recovered from its troubled situation flew into the sky over the Toyosaki mudflats, Tomigusuku. Two staff members of the Nature Conservation Section of the Okinawa Prefectural Government...