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What are fusa rings and jifas that Okinawa bestowed to Amuro-chan?

What are fusa rings and jifas that Okinawa bestowed to Amuro-chan?

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo (originally published on January 4, 2014)

By Kenichi Yoshida

 

 

On May 23, the Okinawa Prefecture bestowed the Prefectural Honor Award to singer Namie Amuro.

Besides a certificate of commendation, Okinawan handcrafted jewelry in the form of a fusa ring (traditional Okinawan ring) and a jifa (hairpin) were sent as souvenirs.

Exactly what are these and what sort of history do they have? Here we introduce an...

 

Large sculpture symbolic of buraku liberation sent from Osaka to its creator in Yomitan

Large sculpture symbolic of buraku liberation sent from Osaka to its creator in Yomitan

 

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 22, the sculpture Kaiho he no Ogari, which had been installed on the wall of the Sumiyoshi North Citizens’ Cultural Exchange Center in Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, was sent back to its sculptor, Minoru Kinjo.

Kinjo had...

Yurika Nakamoto selected to represent Japan in Miss Supranational

Yurika Nakamoto selected to represent Japan in Miss Supranational

 

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Twenty-three-year-old Yurika Nakamoto from Onaha, Nishihara in Okinawa, was selected to represent Japan in the international beauty pageant called Miss Supranational, which will be held in Poland in December.

Nakamoto visited Mayor...

Mikito Ikehara will make indigo dyes in prewar pots he found in Izumi

Mikito Ikehara will make indigo dyes in prewar pots he found in Izumi

 

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Maki Nagamine

 

Mikito Ikehara, an indigo dye artist from Izumi, Motobu Town who handles the refining of Ryukyu indigo, has begun practicing a traditional dyeing process by using pots presumably made before the war.

Three...

US military proceed with vehicle air-drop training at Ie airfield despite calls to stop

 

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

U.S. marines in Okinawa conducted training to drop vehicles and soldiers from an airplane at Ie airfield on Ie Island, Okinawa, on May 22.

According to Ie village, the dropped vehicles and soldiers landed on the airfield, and no...

Assembly held in Naha to kick of petition demanding Henoko landfill be put to Okinawan resident vote

Assembly held in Naha to kick of petition demanding Henoko landfill be put to Okinawan resident vote

 

May 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A...

Japan P.E.N. Club holds Day of Peace Symposium in Okinawa, speakers say Okinawa still feels anguish of war

Japan P.E.N. Club holds Day of Peace Symposium in Okinawa, speakers say Okinawa still feels anguish of war

 

May 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 20 the Japan P.E.N. Club held its 34th Day of Peace Symposium at the Okinawa Convention Center, which was themed “People, Island Life, Okinawa and Literature.”

Nine authors, poets, and journalists attended from...

Onaga announces plan to resume work following removal of cancerous tumor

Onaga announces plan to resume work following removal of cancerous tumor

 

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On May 15 at 1:30 p.m., Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at the Prefectural Office, where he released information about his surgery and physical health.

That morning he was discharged from a hospital...

Whale returned to the sea in Nago after six-hour rescue effort by discoverer and Churashima Foundation employees

Whale returned to the sea in Nago after six-hour rescue effort by discoverer and Churashima Foundation employees

May 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nago – A rescue party was spontaneously formed on May 19 after a 4.85 meter-long short-finned...

Editorial: 46 years after the reversion of Okinawa to Japan, a fundamental change to Okinawan Promotion must be made

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 15, 1972, Okinawa was returned to Japanese control. In November of 1971, at the 67th extraordinary Diet, also known as the Okinawan Diet, Chief Executive of the Government of the Ryukyus Chobyo Yara submitted a proposal outlining steps to return...

Twice-adopted U.S. singer-songwriter returns to Okinawa after 27 years

Twice-adopted U.S. singer-songwriter returns to Okinawa after 27 years

 

May 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

 

“Dear Okinawan mom in heaven, thank you for making me your daughter.

” Crystal Joy Kinjyo (English name Teesa Houston), age 30, is a vocalist, singer, and songwriter of KOLAJ, a band that is based in Los Angeles.

She...