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New Year bullfighting tournament held in Uruma City

New Year bullfighting tournament held in Uruma City

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 2nd New Year bullfighting tournament, sponsored by the Ginowan-Bullfighting Union and the Ryukyu Shimpo Co., was held at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma. The Yokozuna match between top ranked bulls was a showcase matchup between the two huge fighting bulls. Ishiyama Harukao however had earlier won against Soreike Typhoon. Typhoon lost its fighting spirit against the overpowering opponent.

According to pre-match predictions, for the Ozeki...

 

Team Yaeyama Norin makes final in low-carbon championship

Team Yaeyama Norin makes final in low-carbon championship

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaeyama Norin High School Civil Engineering Department Environmental Engineering Project Team made it to the final in the Student Project Division for the Low-carbon Championship 2014. Groups, companies and schools nationwide presented their projects for preventing...

Okinawan craftsman creates horses out of glass

Okinawan craftsman creates horses out of glass

January 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A sculpted-glass horse that vigorously holds its front feet in the air, is popular. This year’s zodiac sign is the horse. Naoya Oshiro, head of the Forest Glass Museum in Bimata district of Nago, creates the sculptures.

Oshiro twisted heated glass using...

Bronze statue of boxing champion Yoko Gushiken erected in Ishigaki

Bronze statue of boxing champion Yoko Gushiken erected in Ishigaki

December 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki City Office has erected a bronze statue of Yoko Gushiken, former world boxing champion from Ishigaki, in Ishigaki Port Rito Terminal on December 26.
Gushiken took part in the unveiling ceremony. Seeing the statue depicting him in his prime, he...

New Year’s first auction at Tomari Fish Market in Naha

New Year's first auction at Tomari Fish Market in Naha

January 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first auction of the year was held on January 4 at the Tomari Fish Market in Naha. In the early morning 5:30 a.m., the market resounded with excited voices of middlemen and was filled with an air of excitement. A big‐eyed tuna has fetched a high price of...

People make it a New Year’s resolution to protect landscape of Henoko

People make it a New Year's resolution to protect landscape of Henoko

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 7:00 a.m. on January 1, many residents visited a beach at Henoko, Nago, to see the first sunrise of the year. It is the first New Year’s Day since Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima approved the Henoko landfill for moving the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...

International scholars and peace advocates support Okinawan struggle to oppose the Henoko landfill

International scholars and peace advocates support Okinawan struggle to oppose the Henoko landfill

January 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 8, leading scholars, peace advocates and artists from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia released a statement opposing the construction of a new US military base within Okinawa. The statement urges, “support the people of Okinawa...

Kinkomokuzetsu: Enlisting the power of water

January 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

If I am asked, “What’s your favorite drink?” without hesitation I will answer “awamori.” A cold beer after a bath is also hard to resist, but a glass of cold water the morning after drinking a little too much tastes every bit as good.
In...

World Natural Heritage – Yambaru and Iriomote to go on World Natural Heritage prospective list

December 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 26, the 3rd Amami Ryukyu World Natural Heritage Candidate Scientific Committee met at a hotel in Naha. The committee announced that it has chosen Amami, Tokunoshima, Iriomote Island and the northern municipalities of Kunigami, Ogimi and Higashi as...

Walking tour around scene of Koza riot to learn about nonviolence

Walking tour around scene of Koza riot to learn about nonviolence

December 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 20, the tour guide group that tells tourists about Okinawa City’s historical and cultural attractions walked around the Goya Crossroads where the Koza Riot occurred in 1970. Led by Soko Furugen, the leader of the group that keeps records on the...

3,000 people commemorate 60th anniversary of Amami reversion

3,000 people commemorate 60th anniversary of Amami reversion

December 26, 2013 Yoshiki Nagahama of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 25, the Amami City Memorial Event Executive Committee commemorated the 60th anniversary of the reversion of the Amami Islands to Japanese administration. There were speeches by youth groups from each region and performances by...