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Celebration performance for 85 year-old national treasure Choichi Terukina

Celebration performance for 85 year-old national treasure Choichi Terukina

November 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo  

A performance was held to celebrate an 84 year-old national treasure in Ryukyu classical music, Choichi Terukina, on November 3 at the National Theater Okinawa. Titled “Fly!! Uta-sanshin 2016 Terukina Choichi celebration performance, makoto-hitotsu, bond of sanshin,” the concert was performed by over 200 students and performers from within the country and overseas who gathered to celebrate Terukina.

Students from Hawaii sung Terukina’s song...

 

Dazzling Ryukyu Beauty on Display at Okinawan Bingata Exhibit in Washington D.C.

Dazzling Ryukyu Beauty on Display at Okinawan Bingata Exhibit in Washington D.C.

November 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

From Special Correspondent Sakae Toiyama in Washington
The first ever overseas bingata exhibit titled, “Bingata! Only in Okinawa,” was unveiled at the George Washington University Museum’s Textile Museum in Washington D.C. on November 5.

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Icon of Henoko movement Muneyoshi Kayo passes away

Icon of Henoko movement Muneyoshi Kayo passes away

November 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 8:45 a.m. on November 3, Muneyoshi Kayo, who was a member of sit-in protest group “Inochi wo mamoru kai,” which protests the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago, passed away at a hospital in Ginoza Village at the age of 94 due to pneumonia....

Revised ordinance targets to impose penalty for kite flying and laser irradiation near U.S. military base

October 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Cabinet meeting held on October 25, the government decided to partially revise the enforcement ordinance of special provisions within the Japanese aviation law in order to impose a penalty for kite flying and laser shooting toward aircraft near U.S. military...

One-in-200,000 black rice paper butterfly discovered in southern part of Okinawa Island

One-in-200,000 black rice paper butterfly discovered in southern part of Okinawa Island

November 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A black variety of Japan’s largest butterfly, the rice paper butterfly, has been discovered. The black specimen emerged from a chrysalis being observed by a member of the Fly Butterflies Around Shurijo Castle Association. Even though a black specimen generally...

Taco rice vs. tacos

Taco rice vs. tacos

November 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Which do you prefer, tacos or taco rice? Noise Value Corporation, which specializes in branding of companies and local foods, published its findings regarding whether Okinawans preferred tacos or taco rice on November 2. Those who preferred taco rice were 61.5...

Ministry of Environment says disclosure of Yambaru world heritage documents would damage relationship of trust with US military

November 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 1, it was learned that the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has decided not to disclose any documents detailing communications with the U.S. military from 2013 onward regarding the registration of Amami/Ryukyu as a world natural heritage site. The...

Japan wins the Men’s Team Kata at the Karate World Championships

October 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryo Kiyuna, Arata Kinjo, and Takuya Uemura from Ryueiryu-Ryuhoukai defeated France 5-0 in the championship round of the team Kata to win the first gold medal for Japan since two competitions ago on October 30, the final day of the Karate World Championships held...

Prefectural Assembly adopts resolution of protest against discriminatory remarks by riot police

Prefectural Assembly adopts resolution of protest against discriminatory remarks by riot police

October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning on October 28 the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly opened an extraordinary session in response to the riot police at the protest sites for helipad construction in the Northern Training Area using terms such as dojin (aborigines) and shinajin (Sina...

Uchinanchu Festival Closing Ceremony saw 15,395 enthusiastically carry on Okinawa’s spirit

Uchinanchu Festival Closing Ceremony saw 15,395 enthusiastically carry on Okinawa’s spirit

October 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 30, the Closing Ceremony and Grand Finale of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival were held at Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha in Naha City, and the festival drew to a close. 15,395 people attended the Closing Ceremony from overseas, other parts of Japan,...

Kiku Nakayama and Sayuri Yoshinaga receive Towa Futurist Awards

Kiku Nakayama and Sayuri Yoshinaga receive Towa Futurist Awards

October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 27 in Tokyo, an award ceremony for the Towa Futurists Awards, which recognizes individuals and groups that have consistently engaged in grass-roots peace activities, was held. The award winners are two individuals and one group: Kiku Nakayama, president...