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People in traditional Ryukyuan costume parade for Doll’s Festival

People in traditional Ryukyuan costume parade for Doll's Festival

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

For the Doll’s Festival, people dressed in traditional Ryukyuan costume walked through the streets in a michijune parade in the First Commercial Avenue in Okinawa City on March 1.

One hundred people dressed in bright costumes paraded down the street.
The parade featured the procession of the kings who used to live in Goeku Gusuku Castle.

The participants took about 20 minutes to parade down the street and the many people watching...

 

U.S. Congressional report warns against heavy-handed action by Tokyo or Washington on the Henoko landfill

February 27, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Washington D.C.

The U.S. Congressional Research Service released a report entitled “Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress” on February 20. It praised Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of the Henoko landfill because...

Groundbreaking ceremony of Naha Airport’s second runway

Groundbreaking ceremony of Naha Airport’s second runway

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The groundbreaking ceremony of the second runway construction project of Naha Airport was held in a hotel in Naha on March 1. Currently, Naha Airport has a single runway, which is overcrowded with many arrivals and departures. The Okinawa Prefectural Government and...

Comedy Futenma Theater sparks discussion on redevelopment of US military base site

Comedy Futenma Theater sparks discussion on redevelopment of US military base site

February 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 16, the Owarai Futenma Gekijo, or Comedy Futenma Theater was held at Jubilance wedding center in Ginowan.

Popular Okinawan comedians performed on the stage, incorporating ideas from the audience about how to use the land returned from the...

Exhibition for history of Okinawan overseas emigration held in Yokohama

Exhibition for history of Okinawan overseas emigration held in Yokohama

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An exhibition about Okinawan overseas emigration began at Japanese Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama on March 1. The display is showing until May 11. With 118 items, it tells the story of the Okinawan people who emigrated to South American countries and Hawaii...

US Air Force F-15 makes emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

US Air Force F-15 makes emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

March 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 10:34 a.m. March 4, an F-15C assigned to Kadena Air Base made an emergency landing at the base. The windshield of the cockpit had come off the aircraft. It is not known why the windshield fell away during flight training. The aircraft took off from the...

Symposium commemorating the designation of the Kerama Islands as a national park

Symposium commemorating the designation of the Kerama Islands as a national park

February 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Commemorating this week’s designation of Kerama Islands as a national park, a symposium was held at Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Izumizaki district of Naha on February 27. A keynote lecture and panel discussion focused on co-ordinating the effort to promote Kerama...

Okinawa has the highest rate of accidents causing injury or death involving drunk drivers in Japan

Okinawa has the highest rate of accidents causing injury or death involving drunk drivers in Japan

February 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa has had the highest rate of accidents causing injury or death involving drunk drivers in Japan for 24 consecutive years.

The Okinawa Prefectural Police announced the statistics on February 27.
The figures showed Okinawa has the highest number...

Kadena Air Base: White smoke from Osprey aircraft after landing

Kadena Air Base: White smoke from Osprey aircraft after landing

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 12:30 p.m. March 2, white smoke rose from the right engine of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft after it landed at Kadena Air Base. This vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft belongs to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. A witness speculated that...

Whale swims with dolphins in sea off Ishigaki Island

Whale swims with dolphins in sea off Ishigaki Island

February 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, a humpback whale swam with dozens of dolphins in the sea off the western area of Ishigaki Island. Diving shop Ohana owner Yuki Fujii took photographs of them.

According to Fujii, about 10-meter long whale swam slowly and comfortably beside...

Jitchaku Lion Dance Preservation Society celebrates its 40th anniversary

Jitchaku Lion Dance Preservation Society celebrates its 40th anniversary

February 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Jitchaku Lion Dance Preservation Society celebrated its 40th anniversary at a community center in Urasoe City on February 23. This shishi-mai lion dance marked the 40th anniversary of it being designated as a National Important Intangible Folk-Cultural...