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New Diplomacy Initiative hosts symposium on the Henoko issue at Nago

New Diplomacy Initiative hosts symposium on the Henoko issue at Nago

January 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo based think tank the New Diplomacy Initiative held a symposium on the theme, “Rethinking the relocation of the US Futenma Air Station to Henoko,” at the Nago Civic Hall on January 10. This think tank makes diplomacy policy recommendations to both the governments of Japan and the United States. Kyoji Yanagisawa, the former assistant deputy chief cabinet and former senior official at the defense ministry, gave a lecture on the controversial...

 

Elephant Ryuka tries first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka tries first calligraphy of the year

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2, the Indian elephant Ryuka tried kakizome or first calligraphy at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. She wrote this year’s Chinese zodiac sign of Horse in kanji, holding a special customized brush for calligraphy with her trunk. In tribute to...

Itoman restaurant receives award for design

Itoman restaurant receives award for design

January 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Itoman Fishers Restaurant in the Nishizaki district of Itoman received the JCD Design Award and Good Design Award for fiscal 2013.

In the fishing village of Itoman, the locals used to build their houses by loading up coral limestones.

The architect...

New Year bullfighting tournament held in Uruma City

New Year bullfighting tournament held in Uruma City

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 2nd New Year bullfighting tournament, sponsored by the Ginowan-Bullfighting Union and the Ryukyu Shimpo Co., was held at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma. The Yokozuna match between top ranked bulls was a showcase matchup between the two huge fighting...

Team Yaeyama Norin makes final in low-carbon championship

Team Yaeyama Norin makes final in low-carbon championship

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaeyama Norin High School Civil Engineering Department Environmental Engineering Project Team made it to the final in the Student Project Division for the Low-carbon Championship 2014. Groups, companies and schools nationwide presented their projects for preventing...

Okinawan craftsman creates horses out of glass

Okinawan craftsman creates horses out of glass

January 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A sculpted-glass horse that vigorously holds its front feet in the air, is popular. This year’s zodiac sign is the horse. Naoya Oshiro, head of the Forest Glass Museum in Bimata district of Nago, creates the sculptures.

Oshiro twisted heated glass using...

Bronze statue of boxing champion Yoko Gushiken erected in Ishigaki

Bronze statue of boxing champion Yoko Gushiken erected in Ishigaki

December 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki City Office has erected a bronze statue of Yoko Gushiken, former world boxing champion from Ishigaki, in Ishigaki Port Rito Terminal on December 26.
Gushiken took part in the unveiling ceremony. Seeing the statue depicting him in his prime, he...

New Year’s first auction at Tomari Fish Market in Naha

New Year's first auction at Tomari Fish Market in Naha

January 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first auction of the year was held on January 4 at the Tomari Fish Market in Naha. In the early morning 5:30 a.m., the market resounded with excited voices of middlemen and was filled with an air of excitement. A big‐eyed tuna has fetched a high price of...

People make it a New Year’s resolution to protect landscape of Henoko

People make it a New Year's resolution to protect landscape of Henoko

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 7:00 a.m. on January 1, many residents visited a beach at Henoko, Nago, to see the first sunrise of the year. It is the first New Year’s Day since Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima approved the Henoko landfill for moving the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...

International scholars and peace advocates support Okinawan struggle to oppose the Henoko landfill

International scholars and peace advocates support Okinawan struggle to oppose the Henoko landfill

January 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 8, leading scholars, peace advocates and artists from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia released a statement opposing the construction of a new US military base within Okinawa. The statement urges, “support the people of Okinawa...

Kinkomokuzetsu: Enlisting the power of water

January 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

If I am asked, “What’s your favorite drink?” without hesitation I will answer “awamori.” A cold beer after a bath is also hard to resist, but a glass of cold water the morning after drinking a little too much tastes every bit as good.
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