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Okinawan words expressing “Good luck” on cards

Okinawan words expressing “Good luck” on cards

May 7, 2011 by Ryota Shimabukuro, Ryukyu Shimpo

Aiming to make people happy in their daily lives, Takeo Medoruma, founder of RYUKYUKOKU MATSURI DAIKO (Ryukyu Kingdom Festival Drums), an international dance and drum performance organization that specializes in an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary Okinawan and Japanese music, has created cards that introduce 100 Okinawan words representing good luck.
He has also created glass cell-phone charms and necklaces using...

 

Himeyuri screened in Germany: 180 people view the documentary in Japanese school

Himeyuri screened in Germany: 180 people view the documentary in Japanese school

May 7, 2011 by Kumiko Hokama, a correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Himeyuri (2007), a full-length documentary, which ASIA Documentary Productions and the Himeyuri Alumnae Incorporated Foundation collaborated on to produce, was screened at Japanese International School Dusseldorf (principal:...

Japanese bureaucrat advises U.S. officials that they should not “compromise” on the Futenma relocation plan

Japanese bureaucrat advises U.S. officials that they should not “compromise” on the Futenma relocation plan

WikiLeaks discloses U.S. official telegrams
May 5, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

According to U.S. official telegrams disclosed by WikiLeaks, while the DPJ administration was seeking the relocation outside of Okinawa Prefecture of the U.S. Marine Corps now based at Futenma, a staff member...

U.S. government itself is a “master of manipulation and extortion”

May 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to the cable disclosed by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which revealed that the U.S. and Japanese governments inflated the projected cost of the planned relocation of Marines from Okinawa to Guam and the number of personnel the move involved, peace...

Naha Harii dragon boat race starts under rainy skies

Naha Harii dragon boat race starts under rainy skies

May 4, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The 37th Naha Harii, a three-day dragon boat event, began on March 3 at Naha New Port wharf. On the first day, races were held in various sections including junior high school, PTA and adults. The timing of the competitors’ paddle work was perfectly synchronized...

Growing goya as a “Green-Curtain” – a shield against the summer heat Nerima Ward distributes seeds to residents

May 4, 2011 Tokyo

The Nerima Ward Office in Tokyo is encouraging people to grow goya, a bitter-tasting gourd that is a traditional summer vegetable in Okinawa, against walls or in windows in their homes as a form of protection against the summer heat. Helping to block out the sun and to lower...

Three new hybrid orchids registered with the Royal Horticultural Society

Three new hybrid orchids registered with the Royal Horticultural Society

May 1, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Students of the Okinawa Chubu Agricultural High School (Uruma City, Okinawa, principal: Mitsuo Gushiken) have created new hybrid orchids by crossing different wild varieties. These new orchids were registered with the Royal Horticultural Society in England, which...

Fight for human rights in Okinawa

Fight for human rights in Okinawa

May 3, 2011 by Eriko Tamaki, Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Human Rights Association, formed for the protection of human rights for people in Okinawa under the U.S. military administration, and for education about and encouragement of awareness of civil liberties, marked the 50th anniversary of...

New Caledonia joins 5th Uchinanchu Festival for the first time

New Caledonia joins 5th Uchinanchu Festival for the first time

May 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty people of Okinawan descent and a number of government officials from New Caledonia, a special collectivity of France, will take part in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival scheduled to be held in October 2011.
Four members of a family from New Caledonia...

Lawsuit against Kadena Base

Lawsuit against Kadena Base

Residents around Kadena Air Base submit third lawsuit seeking to stop nighttime flights
April 28, 2011

Residents living near the U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa filed a lawsuit at the Okinawa Branch of the Naha District Court on April 28, seeking a ban on flights from night to early...

〈Editorial〉Open letter to Mr. Carl Levin

Ryukyu Shimpo Editorial: Open letter dated April 27, 2011 to Mr. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Dear Friends of the U.S. Congress,
We recommend that the United States Government implement a dramatic change in policy and remove the facilities at Futenma Air...