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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 region with Kaminchu (sacred people specializing in Ryukyuan religious practices) offering prayers at Asagi (houses of worship) at Taminato and Yako, where gods are summoned for...

 

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...

OPG’s airfreight container project for Okinawan products to five Asian cities does well

OPG’s airfreight container project for Okinawan products to five Asian cities does well

August 24, 2011 Sakae Toiyama, reporter of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has launched a project hiring room in air cargo containers to carry Okinawan products from Naha Airport to five Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai. Designed to expand overseas sales...

Three hundred fifty people attend memorial service for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

Three hundred fifty people attend memorial service for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

August 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 2011 memorial service for the victims of the sinking of the Tsushima-Maru, a tragedy in 1944 in which the submarine USS Bowfin sank an unmarked Japanese passenger-cargo ship carrying hundreds of schoolchildren, was held at the Kozakura-no-To monument in Wakasa,...

National Police Agency – 15 U.S. military deserters from bases in Okinawa

August 19, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

United States military officials have reported to their Japanese counterparts that the number of deserters from U.S. military bases in Japan has increased to 47, thirteen of whom have still not yet been located since both countries agreed on May 2008 to arrest...

Rock band HY and RYUKYUKOKU MATSURI DAIKO take part in the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

Rock band HY and <em>RYUKYUKOKU MATSURI DAIKO</em> take part in the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

August 19, 2011 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Japanese rock band HY, whose members are all from Okinawa, and RYUKYUKOKU MATSURI DAIKO (Ryukyu Kingdom Festival Drums), an international dance and drum performance troupe, will perform together at the 56th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival...

Climax of the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

Climax of the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

August 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21, 15 groups took part in the final day of the 56th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival which was organized by the 56th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival Executive Committee, comprising representatives from Okinawa City, the Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Television Broadcasting,...

Archival papers suggests U.S. military carried out nuclear weapon drill in Okinawa during 1960s

August 18, 2011 by Kenyu Uchima and Wakako Oshiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Papers of the United States National Archives recently revealed that during the 1960s, the period of the Vietnam War, the U.S. military carried out training with small nuclear weapons at Camp Hague, located in what was then...