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New Year for the dead: family members hold memorial service at Miegusuku

New Year for the dead: family members hold memorial service at Miegusuku

February 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 23, January 16 in the old lunar calendar, a new year memorial service for the dead, called “Juroku-nichi-sai”, was held in Okinawa.

Many families offered special meals and prayers to their family alters, in their homes or at graves, for the repose of their ancestors.

In the early morning, at Miegusuku near Naha Port, many families placed Jubako, or multi-tiered food boxes and flowers, and offered their prayers towards Miyako,...

 

Ueda ugan held to pray for good harvest

Ueda ugan held to pray for good harvest

February 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

February 19 is called Usui or rainwater, which is one of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars, and the time the coldness eases and farming starts.

Ueda ugan is an annual event held on February 18 at Ukinjuhainju,Tamagusuku...

Lunar New Year celebration on Hamahiga Island

Lunar New Year celebration on Hamahiga Island

February 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 8, the date of the Lunar New Year, the first prayer of the year, “Hachi ugan”, was offered at a hallowed ground, “Shirumichu”, in Katsuren Higa in Uruma City. It is said that an ancestral god of Ryukyu, Amamichu, and Shirumichu are enshrined...

Churashima Foundation discovers eye protective function for rays

Churashima Foundation discovers eye protective function for rays

December 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of researchers from the Okinawa Churashima Foundation in Motobu Town achieved the world’s first discovery of a ray species’ protective function for its eyes. The research group announced the result by December 8. The species studied buries its body...

1,300 people commemorate establishment of “All Okinawa Kaigi,”aimed at preventing Henoko base construction

1,300 people commemorate establishment of “All Okinawa Kaigi,”aimed at preventing Henoko base construction

December 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 14 marked the establishment of a new organization called the “All Okinawa Kaigi” to prevent the construction of a new base in Henoko. The organization is a broad-based coalition encompassing many political parties, citizens’ groups, and business...

200 young people take part in rally against new US base in Henoko

200 young people take part in rally against new US base in Henoko

November 15, Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, in front of the Camp Schwab gate at Henoko, Nago, about 200 young people, including students of the youth group SEALDs RYUKYU, gathered to protest against construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko and Oura Bay.

The protesters criticized the...

Tokyo riot police join security at Camp Schwab; protester arrested in scuffle

Tokyo riot police join security at Camp Schwab; protester arrested in scuffle

November 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4, more than 100 riot police officers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department joined security in front of the Camp Schwab gate as the protest against relocating Futenma Air Station’s to Henoko intensifies. It is the first time a riot police...

Okinawa Governor rejects national government’s calls for a retraction of his withdrawal of base landfill approval

Okinawa Governor rejects national government’s calls for a retraction of his withdrawal of base landfill approval

November 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 6, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga sent a document to the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii, conveying his rejection of the national government’s recommendation that he retract his revocation of the landfill...

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An old procession from the days of Ryukyu dynasty was held in and around the Shuri-jo Castle Park on January 3, the last day of the 2015 Shuri Castle Festival.

About 250 people dressed in old traditional costumes, with two people playing the roles of king...

Henoko canoe protestors hustle against the construction again

Henoko canoe protestors hustle against the construction again

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizens opposing the construction of the new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago put their lives on the line to stop the offshore work towards the new base, which was restarted on October 29. Despite being detained by Coast Guard officers many times, protestors on canoes...

US air base construction: Onaga critical of government’s refusal to hear Okinawan concerns

US air base construction: Onaga  critical of government’s refusal to hear Okinawan concerns

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 29, the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau began construction for the planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. On the same day, Governor Takeshi Onaga held a news conference at the prefectural office building,...