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Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrates 85th anniversary by honoring forerunners’ efforts

Brazil Okinawa <em>Kenjin-Kai</em> celebrates 85th anniversary by honoring forerunners’ efforts

August 29, 2011 Hisao Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrated the 85th anniversary of its founding with about 700 people of Okinawan origin attending at the Kenjin-Kai Hall in Sao Paulo City, Brazil, on August 27 local time. The participants paid tribute to their forerunners’ achievements and vowed to convey their Uchinanchu spirit to the next generation.

The Brazilian side was represented by Shinji Yonamine,...

 

Beenkuikui-ceremony for a good crop and perfect health

Beenkuikui-ceremony for a good crop and perfect health

August 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 27, as a part of the Shinugu, a traditional festival in Oku, Kunigami Village, Beenkuikui, a ceremony unique to the village was also held. In the ceremony, young people placed the eldest person in the village on an uhi (tub)...

Yonaguni Island offers view of Taiwan on three consecutive days

Yonaguni Island offers view of Taiwan on three consecutive days

August 27, 2011 Rie Higashihama, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Yonaguni Island offered views of Taiwan for several hours each day from August 17 to 19.
The range of 3700-meter high mountains stretching across the Yilan and Hualien counties in the eastern part of Taiwan was visible...

Urasoe City elementary school pupils debut as history tour guides

Urasoe City elementary school pupils debut as history tour guides

August 26, 2011 Yukiyo Zaha of Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21, in conjunction with the Urasoe Board of Education, the Urasoe City Guides (headed by Hiromasa Awamori), a nonprofit organization that runs tours of the historical sites and cultural assets of Urasoe City, carried out a tour around Urasoe...

Government amends legislation concerning compensation for victims of asbestos poisoning among Okinawan employees on U.S. bases

August 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government will provide compensation for the families of local employees whose health was affected by asbestos and who left their jobs on U.S. bases before Okinawa was returned to Japan on May 15, 1972. This measure was set in place on August 26 by means of...

Argentina Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrates 60th Anniversary

Argentina Okinawa <em>Kenjin-Kai</em> celebrates 60th Anniversary

August 27, 2011 Hisao Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

On August 25 local time, at the Kenjin-Kai Hall, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 250 people of Okinawan origin attended the Argentina Okinawa Kenjin-Kai’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of its foundation....

Unjami Festival held in Ogimi Village

<em>Unjami</em> Festival held in Ogimi Village

August 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Unjami Festival, an event designated as one of Japan’s significant intangible folk cultural assets, was held in Shioya Bay and other areas of Ogimi Village on August 24.
In the traditional ceremony, participants prayed for a good catch in their...

Tomishiro Chuo Hospital establishes alliance with counterpart in Thailand

August 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 25, Tomishiro Chuo Hospital (Director Yoshiki Shiohira), located in Tomigusuku City, established a medical alliance with a hospital group of the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Public Company Limited, which, together with its subsidiaries, operates hospitals...

JASDF F-15s moved to Naha Airport from Hyakuri Air Station

JASDF F-15s moved to Naha Airport from Hyakuri Air Station

August 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eleven F-15s fighter planes and one T-4 training aircraft of the Hyakuri Air Base (Ibaraki Prefecture) of Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) arrived at Naha Air Base on August 24 on a temporary transfer to carry out training.

The fighter squadron will...

Okinawa Soba Development and Heritage Association Established

Okinawa Soba Development and Heritage Association Established

August 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Owners of Okinawa soba restaurants have established the Okinawa Soba Development and Heritage Association in order to promote Okinawa soba (a type of noodle-soup eaten in Okinawa). On August 22, the restaurant owners, who plan to cooperate through exchange and...

Peru Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrates 100th anniversary with the Deputy Governor in attendance

Peru Okinawa <em>Kenjin-Kai</em> celebrates 100th anniversary with the Deputy Governor in attendance

August 22, 2011 Hisao Miyagi reporter of Ryukyu Shimpo, in Lima City

On August 20, the Peru Okinawa Kenjin-Kai held a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of its foundation at the Okinawa Kenjin-Kai Hall, in Lima City, Peru, with approximately 250 people of Okinawan origin...