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Shinugu: Ada’s ancient Okinawan harvest ritual

Shinugu: Ada’s ancient Okinawan harvest ritual

August 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinugu is the traditional Okinawan harvest ritual, but the shinugu ritual of Ada, Kunigami-son, is designated an “Important Intangible Cultural Property” by the Japanese government. On Aug 6, several of Ada’s local men played the part of the “harvest gods” for the day, and worked their way through town to banish evil spirits and pray for a year of abundant harvest. Ada’s shinugu is most accurate to the ancient form of this ritual.

The men...

 

“Pikachu” appears at an Okinawan port

“Pikachu” appears at an Okinawan port

August 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroyuki Takatsuji

“Isn’t this Pikachu?” A mysterious creature was found at a fishing port on the northern part of the main island of Okinawa causing controversy over the Internet, where a video of the creature was posted. The creature has become a...

Editorial: Record number of constitutional court case disposals is a foolish abandonment of future reexamination

August 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Even though it will be thought of as treating human rights carelessly, there is nothing to be done about it.

Already, courts all over Japan have thrown out the records of a majority of important post-war civil suits that debated constitutionality.

Of...

US contestants receive traditional Ryukyu music awards

US contestants receive traditional Ryukyu music awards

August 5, 2019 The Ryukyu Shimpo
Sanemichi Kinjo

Two fourth-generation Okinawan-American performers from the Los Angeles branch of the Afuso School of Classical Ryukyu Music Association (Koten Afuso-ryu Ongaku Kenkyuu Choichi Kai USA), Ryan Yasuaki Nakamatsu, 35, and his apprentice, Yuko...

The best in the world from 50 countries show their stuff at the Okinawa Traditional Karate Ceremony

The best in the world from 50 countries show their stuff at the Okinawa Traditional Karate Ceremony

August 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 8th Okinawa Traditional Karate Ceremony (hosted by the International Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do Federation – IOGKF) held their demonstration event at the Okinawa Budokan in Naha August 4, the final day of the even which opened July 29.

Celebrating...

NIAC foreigner trend survey shows foreigners make up half of population increase, Chinese the largest foreigner group

August 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 5, the Nansei Shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC, headed by Mitsuru Omine) published a report analyzing trends in resident foreigners in Okinawa.

From July 2018 to July 2019, Okinawa’s total population (prefectural estimate) rose by 6,153,...

The External Affairs Governor Committee demands clarification in SOFA for application of Japanese laws to U.S. forces in document delivered to Japan and the U.S. Embassy

The External Affairs Governor Committee demands clarification in SOFA for application of Japanese laws to U.S. forces in document delivered to Japan and the U.S. Embassy

August 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Coordination Committee for Principal Governors Engaged in External Affairs” (also called the External Affairs Governor Committee, Kanagawa Governor Yuuji Kuroiwa, chairman), which is comprised of the governors from the 15 prefectures that host U.S. military...

Tetsumi Takara expresses determination to block FRF construction on his first day in the Diet

Tetsumi Takara expresses determination to block FRF construction on his first day in the Diet

August 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Tetsumi Takara, who was elected in the Okinawa at-large district in the House of Councillors election, attended his first National Diet session in Tokyo on August 1.

Takara once more expressed his determination to block construction of the...

German peace organization offers cooperation to “make Henoko a global effort”

German peace organization offers cooperation to “make Henoko a global effort”

August 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Reiner Braun, Co-President of the International Peace Bureau (IPB), a Berlin-based pacifist organization advocating disarmament, held a joint symposium on July 31 with the All-Okinawa Coalition, which comprises political parties and organizations that oppose the...

Peace education workshop for Nakagusuku Village K-12 faculty takes place at war site

Peace education workshop for Nakagusuku Village K-12 faculty takes place at war site

August 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Wakana Arakaki

On August 1, Okinawa Prefecture’s Nakagusuku Village Board of Education (BOE) held a Peace Education Workshop, which was intended for all faculty of public schools K-12 within the village.

While there are municipalities that hold workshops...

“Association for Returning Remains to their Homeland” established for joint Japan-South Korea collection of Battle of Okinawa remains in Kenken, Motobu, Okinawa

“Association for Returning Remains to their Homeland” established for joint Japan-South Korea collection of Battle of Okinawa remains in Kenken, Motobu, Okinawa

July 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, a group called “Association for Returning Remains in Kenken, Motobu to their Homeland” was established with the aim of collecting the remains of fourteen people, including Koreans mobilized during the Battle of Okinawa, that were found in Kenken,...