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The sun shining on squid drying in the open air on Ojima Island

The sun shining on squid drying in the open air on Ojima Island

June 11, 2011 by Yasuhide Matayoshi, Photographer of Ryukyu Shimpo

A typical scene as people start their traditional summer work of drying squid in the sun on the fishermen’s island of Ojima, Nanjo City. Squid caught in the morning are carefully prepared and brought into the port to be hung out to dry on lengths of barbed wire.

The white squid glisten in the bright sunshine and sway in the sea breeze. “This year we have caught large squid even though we have just started fishing,”...

 

Ginowan Mayor’s sit-in-protest against the Osprey deployment

Ginowan Mayor’s sit-in-protest against the Osprey deployment

June 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of June 13 residents of Ginowan City watched a sit-in protest rally at the City Hall against plans to deploy the MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft. The protest included Takeshi Asato, mayor of Ginowan City, city council...

Governor Nakaima criticizes the Defense Minister’s notification of the plan to build the V-shaped runway at Henoko

Governor Nakaima criticizes the Defense Minister's notification of the plan to build the V-shaped runway at Henoko

June 14, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 13, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa met Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the prefectural office to formally tell him that the governments of the United States and Japan will decide to build a V-shape runway for the replacement facilities for the U.S....

Heads of 38 municipalities oppose the deployment of MV-22 Osprey at Futenma Air Station

June 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A survey conducted by Ryukyu Shimpo on June 10 about the deployment of MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft at the Futenma Air Station from 2012 has revealed that this is opposed by the heads of 38 of 48 municipalities in the prefecture....

Novelist describes his memory of the land taken by the U.S. military

Novelist describes his memory of the land taken by the U.S. military

June 9, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo,

Eighty-five year-old Tatsuhiro Oshiro, an Akutagawa Prize-winning writer, will publish his anthology of short stories Futenma yo through Shinchosha Co., Ltd. in mid-June. Futenma yo, is the overarching name of seven short stories written specifically...

Sutsuupunaka: celebration of a full harvest in Tarama Village

Sutsuupunaka: celebration of a full harvest in Tarama Village

June 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6 and 7, the harvest festival Sutsuupunaka was held in four sites in Tarama Village with all the villagers wishing for a year with a good harvest.

From late in the evening on June 6 into the early hours of June 7, elders sang divine songs and...

Fresh traces suggesting that dugong ate seaweed further out in Oura Bay

Fresh traces suggesting that dugong ate seaweed further out in Oura Bay

June 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The diving team Snack Snufkin has found traces of dugong eating seaweed underwater about 600 meters off the coast south of Sedake, Nago City.

Nobu Nishihara, a representative of the team that carried out the biological survey in Oura Bay, said, “This sort...

US Marine Corp to deploy Osprey at Futenma Air Station

US Marine Corp to deploy Osprey at Futenma Air Station

June 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) officially notified the prefectural government and relevant municipalities of Ginowan City, Nago City and Kin Town that the U.S. Marine Corps will deploy MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft at the...

Nijima team wins V6 at the Itoman Harley race

Nijima team wins V6 at the Itoman Harley race

June 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4 of the old lunar calendar (June 5) or Yukka-nu-hi, Harley or Harri dragon-boat races were held in various locations in the prefecture to wish for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing. The Harley race held at the...

Okinawan Americans come from Hawaii to play the sanshin at a requiem held at the Miyamori Elementary School Memorial

Okinawan Americans come from Hawaii to play the sanshin at a requiem held at the Miyamori Elementary School Memorial

June 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fourteen Hawaiians originated from Okinawa, including 36 year-old Norman Kinjo visited the Miyamori Elementary School in Uruma City on June 3 to attend the memorial service held for the victims, including 11 children, killed in the June 30 1959 crash of a U.S. F-100...

“Odori” – novel depicting the spirit of Okinawa

“Odori” - novel depicting the spirit of Okinawa

June 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-one year-old Dacy Tamayose, a second generation Okinawan-Canadian residing in Lethbridge City, Canada, has written a novel about the life of her mother, 76 year-old Naoko Tamayose, describing the legacy of the Okinawan spirit and how it seeks peace and beauty....