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U.S. military personnel seen training with rifles in Camp Kinser close to Route 58

U.S. military personnel seen training with rifles in Camp Kinser close to Route 58

February 14, 2012. Photograph by Yasuhide Matayoshi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

U.S. military personnel were seen training with firearms at around 3:30pm on February 13 at a location near the Camp Kinser perimeter fence beside Route 58 in Nakanishi, Urasoe.

Passersby looking through the fence became concerned when they saw soldiers lying down holding rifles.

About 40 personnel were involved in the training and although many of them were pointing their rifles in the opposite direction...

 

Ryukyu Dynasty banquet reenacted with traditional dragon boats on the Ryutan Pond

Ryukyu Dynasty banquet reenacted with traditional dragon boats on the Ryutan Pond

February 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 12, the funa-asobi banquet of the style of the Ryukyu Dynasty was reenacted at Shuri Castle in Naha. Many people enjoyed listening to court music and dragon boat songs from all over Okinawa while watching boats on Ryutan Pond in Shurijo...

Nine baseball teams start spring training camps in Okinawa

February 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 1, professional baseball spring training camps started in Okinawa and Miyazaki prefectures. Twelve baseball teams train throughout the month, aiming to improve prepare for games on March 30, the day that both the Central League and the Pacific League...

At Kitanakagusuku a green carpet of arsa seaweed expands ahead of the upcoming harvest season

At Kitanakagusuku a green carpet of <em>arsa</em> seaweed expands ahead of the upcoming harvest season

January 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Misaki in Kitanakagusuku, arsa or hitoegusa (Monostroma nitidum Wittrock) seaweed is extending its beautiful green carpet to the beach where seaweed farms are located. In February, it will be the full harvest season for the seaweed, now not...

A New Year’s prayer at Higa Katsuren Uruma

A New Year’s prayer at Higa Katsuren Uruma

January 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 23, a New Year’s prayer was carried out at Higa Katsuren in Uruma City. The prayer is called Hachiugan and people went around 12 sanctuaries praying for the prosperity of the island and for their family’s health. About fifty residents,...

Let’s sing Uchinaguchi

Let’s sing <em>Uchinaguchi</em>

January 20, 2012 Yuki Nakasone of Ryukyu Shimpo

Brandon Ing, a fourth-generation Okinawan from Hawaii, teaches English in Kanagusuku Elementary School in Naha. He wrote a song called “Let’s sing Uchinaguchi!” that has attracted some attention lately. The song includes Uchinaguchi...

Men parade to encourage prosperity ― traditional doudoi held at Kushi, Nago

Men parade to encourage prosperity ― traditional <em>doudoi</em> held at Kushi, Nago

January 18, 2012 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 3 at Kushi in Nago, a traditional event called a doudoi was held to wish for prosperity among descendants. People made a cross called an uma out of wood cut out from a stand of trees, and used it to carry a man who...

Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off

Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off

January 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taiwan cherries have begun blooming and attracting people to see them at Mt. Yaedake, Motobu. The Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival started on January 21 with the catchphrase of “One jump ahead.”

On January 19, the temperature in Ishigaki island...

Okinawa Prefectural Board begins to review Defense Ministry’s environmental impact assessment report for relocation of Futenma U.S. Marine Corps Air Station

Okinawa Prefectural Board begins to review Defense Ministry's environmental impact assessment report for relocation of Futenma U.S. Marine Corps Air Station

January 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 19, the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Review for the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) for the alternative facility construction plan of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko, Nago, convened in Nishihara. At the beginning of...

New Year’s ceremony held at Shuri Castle

New Year's ceremony held at Shuri Castle

January 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 1 to 3, an event called Shinshun no Utage or New Year’s Banquet was held at Shuri Castle in Naha. The Chouhaiokishiki or Imperial Court New Year’s morning ceremony, which used to take place at Shuri Castle on New Year’s...

Seahorses swim gracefully at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Seahorses swim gracefully at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

January 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

As it does every year, to celebrate the Year of the Dragon the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu organized a special display of creatures. Visitors enjoyed watching sea horses and other creatures named after dragons as they swam gracefully in their tanks.

The...