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Haebaru High School Wins Grand Prize in Traditional Arts Category at the All-Japan High School Culture Festival

Haebaru High School Wins Grand Prize in Traditional Arts Category at the All-Japan High School Culture Festival

August 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Kumiko Yoshihara in Wakayama – On August 5, the Traditional Arts Club of Haebaru High School won the grand prize, the Minister of Education’s award for excellence, in the Traditional Arts Category of the 45th All-Japan High School Culture Festival for the first time. The festival is being held in Wakayama Prefecture. The Yaeyama High School Traditional Arts Club performed on August 3 and received an award in the same category.

 

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The pandemic in Okinawa is “suitable for a lockdown,” with the government, medical and business community making an emergency declaration calling for people to self-isolate for two weeks

The pandemic in Okinawa is “suitable for a lockdown,” with the government, medical and business community making an emergency declaration calling for people to self-isolate for two weeks

August 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, who is grappling with the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Okinawa, held a meeting at the Okinawa Prefectural Office August 1 with representatives from the medical and business communities as well as Okinawa’s municipalities,...

Okinawa Technical High School wins national photography competition capturing “Okinawan warmth”

Okinawa Technical High School wins national photography competition capturing “Okinawan warmth”

July 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 29, students at Okinawa Technical High School won the 2021 Photography Koshien, a national high school photography competition. Every year, high school students from all over Japan compete to show off their techniques and eye for photography....

Emergency conference asks visitors to refrain from visiting Yambaru, warns of collapse of healthcare system in Okinawa’s northern region

Emergency conference asks visitors to refrain from visiting Yambaru, warns of collapse of healthcare system in Okinawa’s northern region

July 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Hokubu – With the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Northern Municipalities Council and the Northern Region Medical Association stated July 29 that since the middle of July hospital beds are almost entirely full with coronavirus patients, and that, “the...

Twenty-Four Accidents Involving Yambaru Kuina This Year More Accidents than Last Year, Clinics are “At Capacity”

Twenty-Four Accidents Involving Yambaru Kuina This Year  More Accidents than Last Year, Clinics are “At Capacity”

July 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

There have been multiple traffic accidents in Yambaru (northern part of the main island) involving Yambaru kuina (Okinawa rails), a species of bird that is registered as a Natural Monument of Japan. As of July 28, 24 such accidents had been confirmed...

National government starts coral transplantation, ignores authorization conditions from OPG

National government starts coral transplantation, ignores authorization conditions from OPG

July 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 29 the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) started work on transplanting approximately 40,000 coral colonies consisting of various varieties of coral as part of Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) construction in Henoko, Nago City after receiving authorization...

After Okinawa and Amami made the World Natural Heritage List, Governor Tamaki affirms they need to “Make it last 1,000 years”

After Okinawa and Amami made the World Natural Heritage List, Governor Tamaki affirms they need to “Make it last 1,000 years”

July 27, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Prefectural Office held a “World Natural Heritage List Recognition Watch Party” on July 26, to watch the moment when Okinawa and Amami would be officially recognized as a World Natural Heritage site, with Governor Tamaki among others...

Uniting the world with Okinawan sanshin, Shinjin Kise’s new book details his work abroad

Uniting the world with Okinawan sanshin, Shinjin Kise’s new book details his work abroad

July 21, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Takeshi Kishimoto

 

 

Shinjin Kise, the 78-year-old master of the Nomura School and Tansui School of Classical Okinawan Music Preservation Society, published the book, Linking the World: The Heart of the Sanshin. Kise,...

“I Want to Bring Back the Rice Fields” Cultivating Unused Land and Revitalizing Rice Farms that Supported an Island

“I Want to Bring Back the Rice Fields”  Cultivating Unused Land and Revitalizing Rice Farms that Supported an Island

July 18, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideaki Yoneda

 

Tokashiki – The first rice harvest began in early July in Tokashiki. Currently, there are only three rice-farming households in the town that are growing rice for their own use. One farmer, Shigemitsu...

“You must get tested before travelling to Okinawa,” declares Governor Tamaki, Naha airport to also provide antigen testing

“You must get tested before travelling to Okinawa,” declares Governor Tamaki, Naha airport to also provide antigen testing

July 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki announced at a press conference on July 21, just before the four-day holiday that is asking people travelling to and from Okinawa to get tested for COVID-19 before travelling.

Starting on July 22, Naha Airport will...

OPG speculates Delta variant causing rise in infections among US military-associated persons

OPG speculates Delta variant causing rise in infections among US military-associated persons

July 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 21, the Okinawa Prefectural Epidemiological Statistics and Analysis Committee on the Novel Coronavirus announced its analysis of the infection status last week (July 12-18). In view of the current situation in which the number of infected persons among persons...