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Yonaha-maehama beach becomes Japan’s best beach for the second consecutive year

March 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine of Japan’s top ten beaches can be found in Okinawa, according to a recent ranking by the world’s largest travel website.

Miyako Island’s emerald green Yonaha-Maehama Beach was ranked Japan’s best beach for the second year running on Tripadvisor – a popular travel review site.

The website, which provides directory information and reviews of travel-related content by tourists, announced “the World’s Best...

 

Peaceful Candle Night held to pray for Great East Japan Earthquake restoration and peace

Peaceful Candle Night held to pray for Great East Japan Earthquake restoration and peace

March 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Misato Park in Okinawa City on March 23, Peaceful Candle Night was held to pray for the Great East Japan Earthquake restoration and peace.

Pupils and parents from city schools used 3,000 candles to light the park with a message.

This is the second...

Conference on the secret to Okinawan longevity held in Hawaii

Conference on the secret to Okinawan longevity held in Hawaii

March 24, 2014 Chikako Nago, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Uchinanchu Talk Story IV was held on March 9 at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii. This is the fourth time the organizers have held the conference. The previous conferences focused on the themes of the spirit of...

Students in Uruma perform the modern kumiodori play at the world heritage site Katsuren Castle

Students in Uruma perform the modern kumiodori play at the world heritage site Katsuren Castle

March 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

For three days from March 14 to 16, junior high school and high school students in Uruma City performed the modern kumiodori play Kimutaka no Amawari at the world heritage site Katsuren Castle. This 2014 event commemorates the 15th anniversary of their...

Letters and lists of gift items sent by Ryukyu Kings to the Edo government recommended for inclusion in Important Cultural Properties of Japan

Letters and lists of gift items sent by Ryukyu Kings to the Edo government recommended for inclusion in Important Cultural Properties of Japan

March 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Valuable documents revealing Ryukyu Kings’ ties to the Edo government may soon be on Tokyo’s list of important cultural properties. A collection of letters and gift-lists presented by the Ryukyu Kingdom to the elders of Edo was recommended for inclusion...

Symposium to talk about creating Okinawan karate brand

Symposium to talk about creating Okinawan karate brand

March 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A symposium to talk about boosting the international profile of Okinawan karate was held at the Urasoe Industry Promotion Center on March 22.

Okinawa Prefectural Government officials and karate instructors talked about promoting Okinawa as the birthplace...

Okinawan and Taiwanese fishermen agree on operation in waters north of Yaeyama

Okinawan and Taiwanese fishermen agree on operation in waters north of Yaeyama

March 21, 2014 Fumitetsu Jahana of Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 20, Okinawan and Taiwanese fishermen agreed on operation in part of the triangular area of the waters north of the Yaeyama Islands. The meeting was held under the fisheries agreement between Japan and Taiwan. The fishermen of Japan...

Japan’s largest legal experts group releases statement about revising SOFA

March 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 12, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations held a press conference in Tokyo. The association released a statement about the Japan-U.S. Status-of-Forces Agreement (SOFA). It is the first time the association has released a statement about revising the...

Kadena Elementary School pupils to send satchels to Afghanistan

Kadena Elementary School pupils to send satchels to Afghanistan

March 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirteen nine pupils of the sixth-year grade of Kadena Elementary School will send ten satchels that they have used for six years, and writing materials to children in Afghanistan. The pupils are graduating from the elementary school on March 19. They want all...

Young people hold sanshin concert commemorating the work of Buten Onaha

Young people hold sanshin concert commemorating the work of Buten Onaha

March 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ishikawa Youth Association Buten-Kai held a sanshin concert at a plaza known as Buten-hiroba, in Uruma City on March 4.

Buten Onaha (1897-1969) was a dentist from Okinawa who worked as a producer and creator of comedy during the reconstruction period...

New green leaves mark the beginning of spring in Okinawa

New green leaves mark the beginning of spring in Okinawa

March 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

New green leaves have grown from the buds in the northern part of Okinawa, marking the beginning of spring.

On March 16, a clear day, people visited Nagao bridge on Okuni forest road in Kunigani Village to view the new green leaves.

On warm days in...