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Unke-ceremony to celebrate the return of ancestral spirits

<em>Unke</em>-ceremony to celebrate the return of ancestral spirits

August 13, Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12, the first day of Okinawa’s Obon called Unke, families who have family altars celebrated the return of their ancestral spirits with offerings of bananas and pineapples.
At the house of 74-year-old Kazuko Tokumoto, who resides in Komesu, Itoman City, 28 people from four households gathered at the family altar, pressed their hands together in prayer for their ancestors.

Dragon fruit cultivated by Koichi Tokumoto, Kazuko Tokumoto’s...

 

Encouragement for 100 newly-hatched baby turtles to swim towards the sea

Encouragement for 100 newly-hatched baby turtles to swim towards the sea

August 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of August 3, more than 100 loggerhead and green turtles hatched at the seaside near Ogimi Village. The baby turtles swam strongly out towards the sea, just as it became rough due to the approach of Typhoon No.9.

Many people came to observe,...

Seventy balloons released as protest against aircraft flights from Futenma Air Station

Seventy balloons released as protest against aircraft flights from Futenma Air Station

August 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, three days before August 13, the date marking the seventh anniversary of a U.S. military helicopter crashing into a building at Okinawa International University, the anti-base women’s group “Kamado guwaa no tsudoi” which has been calling for...

Children of Okinawan emigrants participate in 10000 people Eisa Dance Parade

Children of Okinawan emigrants participate in 10000 people Eisa Dance Parade

August 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Ten thousand people Eisa Dance Parade” of the Summer Festival in Naha 2011, in which members of Youth Groups and Eisa groups from various parts of the prefecture took part in a vibrant dance performance, was held at Kokusai Street in Naha City on August 7.

Despite...

Typhoon No.9 rips through Okinawa in 46 hours injuring 51 people cutting power to 100000 households

Typhoon No.9 rips through Okinawa in 46 hours injuring 51 people cutting power to 100000 households

August 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
As of 10:00pm on August 6, Typhoon No. 9 is out over the East China Sea, heading north-northwest away from the Okinawa region at 15 kilometers per hour. It left the main island of Okinawa shortly after noon yesterday and Kumejima just after at 1:00pm the same day,...

The Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War, a prayer for quake-hit areas

The Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War, a prayer for quake-hit areas

August 1, Ryukyu Shimpo

The Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War, one of Okinawa’s three largest tug-of-war events, has a history going back more than 400 years in the prefecture. This year’s event, in which the east side of the town pulled against the west side, was held at the Udun-yama Youth Square...

Shinugu – an animistic festival for a good crop and perfect health

<em>Shinugu</em> - an animistic festival for a good crop and perfect health

August 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinugu, which is designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset of Japan, was carried out in Ada, Kunigami Village on July 31.
Including rituals such as yamanubui, in which men crowned with grassy headwear and covered with leaves...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopts a resolution of protest against Osprey deployment and demands the withdrawal of the deployment plan

July 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular meeting on July 14, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (Chairman Zenshin Takamine) unanimously passed a resolution and statement of protest against and demand of withdrawal of plans to deploy the MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft...

Creating a cadastral map of Iwo-Tori-shima

Creating a cadastral map of Iwo-Tori-shima

July 9, 2011 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo,Photograph by Yasuhide Matayoshi of Ryukyu Shimpo

July 29 marks 52 years since the entire population of Iwo-Tori-shima (formerly Gushikawa Village, currently Kumejima Town) were forced to leave the island due to a volcanic eruption.
Kumejima...

The first Chinese tourist group visits Okinawa on multiple-entry visas

The first Chinese tourist group visits Okinawa on multiple-entry visas

July 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of July 7, ten people of the first tourist group on multiple-entry visas arrived at Naha Airport from Beijing via Haneda. Multiple-entry visas for Chinese tourists have been issued since July 1 allowing Chinese tourists to visit Japan anytime during...

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