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Kumiodori performers to go on European tour to France, Germany and Italy

<em>Kumiodori</em> performers to go on European tour to France, Germany and Italy

October 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Performing Arts Association or Okigeiren (Chaired by Choichi Terukina), is planning to go on a tour from late October to early November that includes Paris in France, Cologne in Germany, and Rome in Italy. Termed the “Ryukyu Traditional Arts Performances Three European Countries Tour,” it will feature performances of kumiodori or traditional Okinawan musical and classical music. With kumiodori being designated...

 

Part of the U.S. Marine Corps fighter jet drills relocated to Guam from Okinawa

October 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 4, Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa announced that in keeping with the agreement reached to help ease the base-hosting burden of Okinawa, from October 10 the Japanese and U.S. governments will relocate some of the U.S. Marine Corps fighter jet drills...

Kitsugan festival held in Kabira on Ishigaki City

Kitsugan festival held in Kabira on Ishigaki City

October 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kitsugan Festival organized to pray for a good harvest and perfect health for all in their region was held on September 24 at Nnibushi Utaki (a sacred place) in Kabira, Ishigaki City on Ishigaki Island.
These last three years, inclement weather...

Nursery rhymes to be sung to welcome Uchinanchu from all around the world

Nursery rhymes to be sung to welcome <em>Uchinanchu</em> from all around the world

October 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Choral Group for Okinawan Nursery Rhymes and School-Songs” (headed by Zenko Iramina), which consists of three nursery rhyme and school-song circles from the middle region of Okinawa Prefecture, is scheduled to participate in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu...

Okinawan tourism booth is popular in the JATA Travel Showcase 2011

Okinawan tourism booth is popular in the JATA Travel Showcase 2011

October 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“JATA Travel Showcase 2011,” in which travel information from 144 countries and regions has been collected, opened at the Tokyo Big Sight on September 30. On the opening day, held for people working in the tourism-industry, the Okinawa Tourism Information Booth...

Regular flights between Naha and Guam recommence

Regular flights between Naha and Guam recommence

September 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first flight operated by United Airlines from Guam Airport arrived at Naha Airport at 9:00pm on September 28.
At the Naha International Air Terminal building, the Okinawa Prefecture and the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau held a welcoming ceremony...

Miyu returns in November after recovering well

Miyu returns in November after recovering well

September 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyu Kaname, a 13 year-old girl from Urasoe City, will return home on November 7. She has recovered well from heart transplant surgery carried out this April at Columbia University Hospital in New York to correct her restrictive cardiomyopathy. After she returns...

“King” and “Queen” receive certificates

“King” and “Queen” receive certificates

September 29, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “king” and “queen” selected in a contest at the 18th Shurijo Castle Park Mid-Autumn Celebration on September 11 visited the Naha City Office to receive certificates from Naha City Mayor Takeshi Onaga, who also serves as chairman of the Shuri Castle...

Shuri JHS and Shoyaku HS win at English Spelling-Bee Contest

Shuri JHS and Shoyaku HS win at English Spelling-Bee Contest

September 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
The final of the 4th English Spelling-Bee Contest, sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo, the Executive Committee Considering Teaching English in Okinawa and the NPO Cross Cultural Collective, and co-hosted by the U.S. Consulate General Okinawa, was held at...

Awamori Meister Association concludes a sister-organization agreement with its counterpart in Taiwan

Awamori Meister Association concludes a sister-organization agreement with its counterpart in Taiwan

September 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 26, the Awamori Meister Association (Chairman Katsunobu Arakaki) and the Taiwan Beverage Association (Chairwoman LI Yue-Qin) signed a sister organization agreement at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. As they seek to strengthen cooperation through...

Monorail featuring a picture of Shuri Castle runs

Monorail featuring a picture of Shuri Castle runs

September 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 26, a ceremony to mark the departure of a monorail carriage named “the Yui Rail Shuri Castle,” which has been wrapped with a picture of the castle, was held at Naha Station on the Okinawa City Monorail Line (Yui Rail) in conjunction with the...