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Change U.S. policy on Futenma by sending out information directly from Okinawa

May 13, 2011 by Michiyo Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

Three U.S. senators, including Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have called for the Pentagon to abandon plans to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma facilities to the Henoko district of Nago, rejecting them as “unrealistic,” and “impractical.” These remarks reflect the great change in the circumstances in the United States in recent years, with growing public demand to cut defense spending...

 

Raising money for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Raising money for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake

May 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

To raise money for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, 15 year-old Bryce Tomo Wedig and his sister 14 year-old Hannah Marie Wedig, who live in Indiana, ran a stall at their Haru-matsuri (spring festival), held in Earlham College in Richmond, raising...

Tokyo couple pledge their eternal devotion to each other at World Heritage castle

Tokyo couple pledge their eternal devotion to each other at World Heritage castle

May 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, dressed in the traditional costume of the Ryukyu Dynasty, Takahiro and Aiko Akiba, both of Tokyo, held their marriage ceremony at the World Heritage site Nakijin Castle. The newly-weds exchanged wedding vows in front of family members and tourists in...

Bullfighting – 4000 spectators watch the action at the All Okinawa Spring Tournament

Bullfighting - 4000 spectators watch the action at the All Okinawa Spring Tournament

May 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 95th All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Spring Tournament, sponsored jointly by the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and The Ryukyu Shimpo. Co., was held on May 8 at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City.Twenty-six bulls gave their all in front...

Repaired sabani sails again – Itoman Uminchu workshop

Repaired sabani sails again - Itoman Uminchu workshop

May 12, 2011 by Hideyoshi Tamahose, a correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The launching ceremony, or shinaurushi in the Okinawan dialect, of a traditional Okinawan fishing boat known as a sabani, was held at the Itoman Northern Fishing Port in Itoman Town on April 29. The sabani...

Bus guides debut as singers on stage

Bus guides debut as singers on stage

May 7, 2011 by Kenta Masuda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Popular bus guides made their stage debut.
Six bus guides whose day-time job is guiding tourists around Okinawa on sightseeing buses formed a group called Utabus (singing bus) in which they made their stage debut in the live music...

Walking Study Tour on the Battle of Okinawa From the Haebaru Army Hospital Cave to Itokazu Cave

Walking Study Tour on the Battle of Okinawa From the Haebaru Army Hospital Cave to Itokazu Cave

May 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Peace-Walk to learn from the Battle of Okinawa” was held on May 1, starting from the Haebaru Imperial Japanese Army Hospital Cave, Haebaru Town, and finishing at the Itokazu Cave Abuchira-gama in Nanjo City. This was the second time that such a Walk has been...

Ventriloquist encourages students at his alma mater

Ventriloquist encourages students at his alma mater

May 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Well-known ventriloquist Ikkokudo, whose real name is Ikkoku Tamaki, recently visited his old school, Chatan High School, in Chatan Town. In his speech to the students he advised that, “It is important for you to take small steps towards your goals in life.”...

Defense Minister Kitazawa meets Governor to emphasize the policy to relocate the Futenma facilities to Henoko

Defense Minister Kitazawa meets Governor to emphasize the policy to relocate the Futenma facilities to Henoko

May 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, Minister of Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa met with the Okinawan Prefectural Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Prefectural Government Offices. Kitazawa stated, “While we are mindful of your feelings and your political position as the Governor of Okinawa,...

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...

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:...