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Timetable of former Okinawa Light Rail found in diary of late songwriter Nakamoto

Timetable of former Okinawa Light Rail found in diary of late songwriter Nakamoto

April 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A timetable published by the Okinawa Prefecture Light Rail Office in 1943 was found in Gushichan, Yaese. Kaoru Nakamoto found the timetable inside his late father Minoru Nakamoto’s diary when he was cleaning up his father’s belongings. In the diary, there was also a detailed description of the times, explaining how his father and the family escaped during the Battle of Okinawa.
There was a note written on April 1, 1945, just before the American troops...

 

Okinawan restaurant in Orange County

Okinawan restaurant in Orange County

April 23, 2012 Sadao Tome, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In December 2010, Mayumi Tomita Vargas, who is originally from Yonabaru, opened an Okinawan restaurant named Habuya in Orange County, California. She said, “My dream has finally come true after coming to the United States back...

Twenty-nine haiku stone tables placed on Izena Island

Twenty-nine haiku stone tables placed on Izena Island

April 18, 2012 Correspondent Kyoko Agarie of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-three first-year junior high school students placed 29 haiku stone tables at various locations around Izena Island. The haiku poems were written as part of a project with their homeroom teacher Ikuko Ueno when they were second-grade...

U.S. Government to deploy MV-22 Osprey to Futenma in July, ahead of schedule

U.S. Government to deploy MV-22 Osprey to Futenma in July, ahead of schedule

April 25, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The United States Government will deploy the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in July, earlier than stated in the original planned timing of autumn this year. On April 24, several Japanese...

Protest rally against Japan’s participation in TPP talks

Protest rally against Japan’s participation in TPP talks

April 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 20, the “Protest rally against Japan’s participation in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP) was held at Tedako Hall in Urasoe in order to protect food, agriculture and people’s livelihoods in Okinawa.

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“We hope to let people know about the Okinawa reversion movement,” ― Hentona High School Students make a film

April 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The broadcasting club of Okinawa Prefectural Hentona High School has been making a film about the Okinawa movement to revert to Japanese sovereignty. Masataka Nozato and Mikiko Sakugawa, who are second-year students and members of the club, came to know about the...

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium finds a new species Galathea Chura

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium finds a new species Galathea Chura

April 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 17, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium announced that the unfamiliar galatheoidea (a superfamily of decapod crustaceans comprising some squat lobsters and porcelain crabs) that they found is a new species of galathea, or squat lobster. The staff member of the...

Dancer I-VAN takes part in the World Reggae Dance Championship for the fourth consecutive year

Dancer I-VAN takes part in the World Reggae Dance Championship for the fourth consecutive year

April 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-seven year-old reggae dancer I-VAN, who is originally from Ginowan but currently lives in Jamaica, will take part in the World Reggae Dance Championship held in Jamaica this April, for the fourth time in a row. Although I-VAN missed out on winning a prize...

Photo collection of Kouri and Warumi bridges released

Photo collection of Kouri and Warumi bridges released

April 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eighty-three year-old Zenryo Iha released a photo collection entitled, “Kouri Bridge, the road to my hometown,” which chronicles the construction of the Kouri and Warumi bridges. The book features 80 photographs taken by Iha and 15 essays written by the children...

Former politicians and teachers gather at Cape Hedo to discuss the reversion movement

Former politicians and teachers gather at Cape Hedo to discuss the reversion movement

April 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 15, a discussion group consisting of former politicians and teachers involved in the reversion movement carried out their annual clean-up and repainting of the movement monument at Cape Hedo. Afterwards a meeting was held to discuss the fact that 40 years...

Karate museum proves popular

Karate museum proves popular

April 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-five years have passed since Tetsuhiro Hokama, president of the Okinawa Gojuryu Kenshi Kai Karatedo Kobudo Association, opened a private karate museum in Nishihara. The museum exhibits more than 400 items related to Okinawan karate. Hokama diligently collected...