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Okinawan language usage down 13.5 points in FY 2020: 84% feel affection, 43% speak it

Okinawan language usage down 13.5 points in FY 2020: 84% feel affection, 43% speak it

May 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 30, the prefectural government’s Culture, Tourism, and Sports Department announced the 2020 survey results on the familiarity of shimakutuba (the Okinawan language) among locals. Approximately 80% of respondents said they feel close to or have a sense of familiarity with shimakutuba. However, Okinawans who speak it beyond greetings have decreased over the years, down to about 40%.

 

Of the respondents, 43.2% mainly use...

 

Enormous sea turtle stranded rescued by 20 people, including locals, the Turtle Hermit,  police, and aquarium employees

Enormous sea turtle stranded rescued by 20 people, including locals, the Turtle Hermit,  police, and aquarium employees

May 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 5, a loggerhead sea turtle was discovered on the shore in Kyan in Itoman. The turtle was found stuck on the rocks after laying her eggs. Approximately 20 people, including locals, the Turtle Hermit, who loves turtles, police, and aquarium employees,...

Okinawa and Amami first region in Japan to welcome the rainy season, 11 days earlier than last year

Okinawa and Amami first region in Japan to welcome the rainy season, 11 days earlier than last year

May 5, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory (OMO) announced the morning of May 5 that it appears the Okinawa region has begun their rainy season. A similar announcement was made in Amami the same day, making both regions the first in Japan to enter the rainy...

MC-130J aircraft observed at low altitude after sixth U.S. military parachute drop training of 2021

MC-130J aircraft observed at low altitude after sixth U.S. military parachute drop training of 2021

May 5, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 4, the US miltary conducted parachute drop training over the water in Tsuken Jima Training Area in Uruma City, Okinawa. This is the sixth time this year that training was conducted in this water training area. Starting at just past 10:10 a.m.,...

At Constitution Symposium, Dr. Tokuda speaks of peace and “non-war” as a pillar for doctors

At Constitution Symposium, Dr. Tokuda speaks of peace and “non-war” as a pillar for doctors

May 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On May 3, Constitution Day, the 2021 Constitution Symposium (Okinawa Constitution Dissemination Association, Okinawa Human Rights Association, Japan Scientists’ Association Okinawa Branch) was held at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Izumizaki,...

The Olympic torch races through the Kerama blue sea aboard a sabani boat paddled by Zamami middle schoolers

The Olympic torch races through the Kerama blue sea aboard a sabani boat paddled by Zamami middle schoolers

May 3, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Zamami – The flame of peace made its way through the Kerama blue sea under the glittering rays of sunshine. The Olympic torch traveled through Zamami Village aboard traditional sabani sailboats. Many of the village’s residents gathered at Furuzamami...

Nakijin Watermelon announces a “banner year” with a strong harvest of their sweet fruit

Nakijin Watermelon announces a “banner year” with a strong harvest of their sweet fruit

April 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nakijin – Nakijin, known for being home to many of Okinawa’s watermelon producers, is entering their peak harvesting season for watermelon. This year was blessed with excellent weather conditions, and it appears that has resulted in a superior...

Important Intangible Cultural Property certification holders and Living National Treasures perform together for a brighter future

Important Intangible Cultural Property certification holders and Living National Treasures perform together for a brighter future

April 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 25, holders of the Important Intangible Cultural Property certification in Ryukyu buyo (dance) put on a show titled Ichiyo Raifuku: Pre-celebratory Dance–Bonds of Golden Fortune at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Naha City....

“Day of Humiliation” rally held in Naha

“Day of Humiliation” rally held in Naha

April 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

April 28 marked 69 years since the Treaty of San Francisco of 1952, which separated Okinawa from Japan, came into effect. On this day, the Okinawa Peace Movement Center held an April 28 Day of Humiliation demonstration at the Kenmin Hiroba Plaza in...

People mourn victim killed five years ago by man in U.S. military employ, pray for no recurrence

People mourn victim killed five years ago by man in U.S. military employ, pray for no recurrence

April 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

April 28 marked five years since the occurrence of an incident in which a man in U.S. military employ sexually assaulted and killed an office worker in the central part of Okinawa Island. People visited the site in Afuso, Onna Village where the woman’s...

Tarama traditional ceremony “Upuri” for sinking insect pests into the sea in prayer for a bountiful harves

Tarama traditional ceremony “Upuri” for sinking insect pests into the sea in prayer for a bountiful harves

April 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Megumi Kiyomura

 

On March 29, which is “Hinoene” in February of the lunar calendar, the traditional ceremony “Upuri” was held on the shore in Tarama Village. The “nissaigassa” in charge of ritual ceremonies and local “aza”...