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Dragon-shaped pottery to bring luck

Dragon-shaped pottery to bring luck

December 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

As the year wound down, workers at Toushingama in Yomitan Village were busy making items of pottery in the shape of a dragon, next year’s Chinese zodiac animal.

“Just as the dragon rises up, I really do hope that next year will be a good year for all,” said Masakazu Soma, the head of Toushingama. He worked hard to make sake jars and figurines decorated with the design of the dragon.

The dragon is an auspicious creature – the...

 

Okinawan Products Association to sell in China

December 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawan Products Associate co. Ltd will test markets for Okinawan products in next March at two different places of Shanghai and Shenzhen in China. This is part of the Project for the Market-Enhancing Strategy of Okinawan Products into China and will be...

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

December 29, 2011 Yoshikazu Miyazato correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of December 28, the first five humpback whales of this season were confirmed as being seen in the sea to the west side of Zamami Island. They are usually first seen in the middle of December, but this year sightings...

Seifa Utaki the sacred prayer site to close six days a year from 2012 for preserve the environment

Seifa Utaki the sacred prayer site to close six days a year from 2012 for preserve the environment

December 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 27, the Nanjo Municipal Office announced that from 2012 it will close the sacred prayer site Seifa Utaki for six days a year from May 1 to 3 and October 1 to 3 of the lunar calendar.

After being designated as a World Heritage Site in 2000,...

Wishing everyone good luck for the coming year
Dedication exercise at Shuri Castle

Wishing everyone good luck for the coming year<br/>Dedication exercise at Shuri Castle

December 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 25, a dedication exercise to present the Ryukyu Kingdom with wakamizu or sacred water called Nuubii no Hounou sai was revived at Shuri Castle. The water was drawn from Ookawa in the Hedo district of Kunigami and Hiijaa in Takushi...

Foreign Ministry document reveals that 1000 crimes were committed by U.S. military personnel in the twelve months before the reversion of Okinawa

Foreign Ministry document reveals that 1000 crimes were committed by U.S. military personnel in the twelve months before the reversion of Okinawa

December 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A total of 5367 crimes were committed by U.S. military personnel in the five years from 1964 to 1968 under the U.S. Military Administration of Okinawa. On December 22, a Foreign Ministry document released stated that while 504 violent crimes such as murders,...

Removal of nuclear weapons from Okinawa delayed its reversion to Japan

December 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to diplomatic documents declassified on December 22, 2011, the date of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty was set to match the completion of the removal of nuclear weapons stored in U.S. military bases in Okinawa.
While the Japanese...

Ministry of Defense allocates one billion yen for the deployment of Self-Defense Forces to Yonaguni Island

December 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense announced on December 24 that it has allocated around one billion yen from the annual budget for fiscal 2012 for site acquisition to deploy a coastal monitoring team of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force on Yonaguni Island.
Considering...

“It was discrimination that Okinawan people struggled against”
Misato High School broadcasting club completes a documentary on the Koza Riot

“It was discrimination that Okinawan people struggled against”<br/>Misato High School broadcasting club completes a documentary on the Koza Riot

December 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
On December 19, Misato High School broadcasting club completed a documentary film entitled Koza ga moeta hi (The day Koza burned), which was produced to commemorate the 40th anniversary last year of the Koza Riot. Additional interviews and some revisions...

Naha Airport ranks 5th in the country in terms of annual passenger numbers

December 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the 2010 fiscal year the number of annual passengers on civilian aircraft using Naha Airport was calculated to be 14225909, putting it in the top five of the approximately 90 airports in the country. While the airport ranked seventh in the 2008 fiscal year,...

Japanese Ministry of Defense does not give reasoning behind the stationing the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa

Japanese Ministry of Defense does not give reasoning behind the stationing the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa

December 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 20, the Ministry of Defense responded to questions posed by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) with regard to “The role and importance of the United States Forces in Japan including the Marines Corps.” The Defense Ministry booklet...