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Beenkuikui-ceremony for a good crop and perfect health

Beenkuikui-ceremony for a good crop and perfect health

August 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 27, as a part of the Shinugu, a traditional festival in Oku, Kunigami Village, Beenkuikui, a ceremony unique to the village was also held. In the ceremony, young people placed the eldest person in the village on an uhi (tub) and paraded through the village, praying for a good crop and perfect health for all in their region.
Many people from the region and its Kyoyukai (a social organization for people from the same...

 

Unjami Festival held in Ogimi Village

<em>Unjami</em> Festival held in Ogimi Village

August 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Unjami Festival, an event designated as one of Japan’s significant intangible folk cultural assets, was held in Shioya Bay and other areas of Ogimi Village on August 24.
In the traditional ceremony, participants prayed for a good catch in their...

JASDF F-15s moved to Naha Airport from Hyakuri Air Station

JASDF F-15s moved to Naha Airport from Hyakuri Air Station

August 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eleven F-15s fighter planes and one T-4 training aircraft of the Hyakuri Air Base (Ibaraki Prefecture) of Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) arrived at Naha Air Base on August 24 on a temporary transfer to carry out training.

The fighter squadron will...

Climax of the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

Climax of the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

August 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21, 15 groups took part in the final day of the 56th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival which was organized by the 56th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival Executive Committee, comprising representatives from Okinawa City, the Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Television Broadcasting,...

Seven years since U.S. helicopter crashed onto Okinawa International University

Seven years since U.S. helicopter crashed onto Okinawa International University

August 13, 2011 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo

A rally seeking to stop all aircraft from taking off from the United States Marine Corps Air Station Futenma was held at Okinawa International University in Ginowan City on August 13, exactly seven years since a U.S. helicopter crashed...

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,...

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...