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Kurara Chibana publishes her first anthology

Kurara Chibana publishes her first anthology

June 29, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, 37-year-old model and actress from Naha, Kurara Chibana’s first anthology “At the Beginning, There was Love” was released at bookstores.

The anthology will hit Okinawa’s shelves at the beginning of July.

Besides writing about her experiences with love and marriage, she also candidly writes about her miscarriage.

She also incorporates subjects, such as the existence of the current U.S. military bases and her grandfather’s...

 

“Okinawa’s kitchen” is open for business at temporary site

“Okinawa’s kitchen” is open for business at temporary site

July 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Makishi Public Market has re-opened on July 1, at its temporary location in Matsuo, Naha City, at a town square formerly known as the Nigiwai Hiroba. The temporary market houses 84 shops inside a two-story prefabricated building situated on a 1970-square-meter...

Editorial: Sixty years after Miyamori Elementary School plane crash, the dangerous conditions have not changed

June 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The children were passing out milk for school lunch, when suddenly they were bombarded by thunderous noise and balls of fire. It has been 60 years since a U.S. military jet crashed into Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa City (now Uruma), killing 18 people and...

Sixty years after U.S. jet crash kills 18 elementary school pupils, Okinawans pray for peace at memorial ceremony

Sixty years after U.S. jet crash kills 18 elementary school pupils, Okinawans pray for peace at memorial ceremony

June 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

June 30 marked the 60th anniversary of the 1959 crash of a U.S. military jet from Kadena Air Base onto Miyamori Elementary School and the residential district of Ishikawa, Uruma City (Ishikawa City at the time), which killed 18 elementary school pupils....

Peach Air resumes operation of Naha-to-Hong-Kong flight

Peach Air resumes operation of Naha-to-Hong-Kong flight

June 29, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, Osaka-based Peach Aviation resumed its Naha-to-Hong-Kong flight, which had been out of operation for one year and eight months. There will be one flight per day each day of the week. To celebrate the resumption of operation, CEO Shinichi Inoue and others...

Two young Okinawa descendants share their intercultural challenges

Two young Okinawa descendants share their intercultural challenges

June 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Correspondent Celso Akihide Shiroma

On June 9, Brazil’s People of Okinawa Prefecture Association Youth Division and Urizun Okinawa Prefecture Foreign Exchange Student Trainee OB Association hosted a joint symposium at the People of Okinawa Prefecture headquarters....

After telling their story for 30 years, the Himeyuri Student Corps storytellers, now in their 90’s, to pass the baton to the post-war generation

After telling their story for 30 years, the Himeyuri Student Corps storytellers, now in their 90’s, to pass the baton to the post-war generation

June 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Himeyuri Peace Museum (Itoman) marked their 30th anniversary June 23, and around 350 of the former students and their descendants held a memorial service at the Himeyuri tower. The members of the student corps that survived the Battle of Okinawa are now in their...

Student’s web-available documentary highlights lack of information about Henoko in America

Student’s web-available documentary highlights lack of information about Henoko in America

June 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yukiyo Zaha

Kaiya Yonamine, a second-generation Okinawan-American high school student living in Portland, Oregon, completed a documentary titled “Our Island’s Treasure”. Her intent is to communicate the issues surrounding construction of the Futenma...

‘Army on the Tree’ comes to Okinawa stage, resonating with Okinawans’ desire for peace

‘Army on the Tree’ comes to Okinawa stage, resonating with Okinawans’ desire for peace

June 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 26 at the Okinawa City Civic Center, the late Hisashi Inoue’s theater troop performed his original play “Ki no Ue no Guntai (Army on the Tree)”, depicting the Battle of Okinawa. The Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa City Cultural Development Consortium...

Battle of Okinawa memorial-goers say prime minister’s speech does not resonate

Battle of Okinawa memorial-goers say prime minister’s speech does not resonate

June 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Okinawa Memorial Day ceremony on June 23, Governor Denny Tamaki gave a speech mixing Uchinaguchi (Okinawan language) and English with his Japanese, expressing opposition to the construction of a new base in Henoko, and calling for revision of the Japan-U.S....

Woman claims to be the iconic “trembling girl” in war footage

Woman claims to be the iconic “trembling girl” in war footage

June 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yosuke Anri

A girl trembles in fear at the sight of an American soldier—this girl appears in a video footage recorded by the U.S. troops, a clip often incorporated in films about the Battle of Okinawa. Sometime before June 22, Sueko Urasaki (nee Kakazu),...