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Eisa Hall opens in Okinawa city for visitors to practice

Eisa Hall opens in Okinawa city for visitors to practice

 

March 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

An opening ceremony for Eisa Hall was held at Koza Music Town in Okinawa city on March 25, with many citizens attending the ceremony. The facility is expected to play a role as a comprehensive information hub for eisa dance. The entrance fee was free on March 25 until the hall closed at 9:00 p.m. (last admittance at 8:30).

 

The exhibit is unique in a way that visitors can not...

 

Japan’s first ever snake eel that lives in river found in Genka River

Japan’s first ever snake eel that lives in river found in Genka River

 

April 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 5, the research group of Okinawa Churashima Foundation Research Center announced that the snake eel found at the Genka River of Nago City last June was in fact a Mindoro snake eel Lamnostoma mindorum.

This particular Hydrophiinae...

Ryukyuan ballet entertains audience in U.S. in its first overseas performance

Ryukyuan ballet entertains audience in U.S. in its first overseas performance

 

March 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The NS Ryukyuan Ballet Company led by Director Sayo Nagasaki held its first overseas performance at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. The group performed an original ballet that incorporates various factors such as...

Ishigaki City and Taketomi Town become first area in Japan designated under Dark Sky Places Program

Ishigaki City and Taketomi Town become first area in Japan designated under Dark Sky Places Program

April 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 2, Ishigaki City and Taketomi Town were together designated as a Dark Sky Place by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) based in Arizona.

It is the first time a location in Japan has received accreditation through the Dark Sky...

Okinawa Prefecture envisions becoming a cruise hub as “The Caribbean of the East”

Okinawa Prefecture envisions becoming a cruise hub as “The Caribbean of the East”

 

March 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Prefecture announced “The Caribbean of the East Initiative,” March...

Emperor and Empress enjoy Okinawa karate demonstration on their last official visit to Okinawa

Emperor and Empress enjoy Okinawa karate demonstration on their last official visit to Okinawa

 

March 30, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 29, the Emperor and Empress concluded their supposedly last official visit to Okinawa and flew back to Tokyo from Naha Airport with their special plane.

On the final day, they visited the Okinawa Karate Kaikan in Tomigusuku...

Tokashiki Village holds memorial service for mass suicide victims

Tokashiki Village holds memorial service for mass suicide victims

 

March 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On March 28 at Shiratama no To, Tokashiki Village hosted a memorial service for those who died in the “collective suicide” (compulsory mass suicide) 73 years prior on March 28, 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa.

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Civilian aircraft not permitted in Iejima training airspace despite 1985 U.S.-Japan agreement

Civilian aircraft not permitted in Iejima training airspace despite 1985 U.S.-Japan agreement

 

March 30, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A 1985 agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments gives civilian aircraft permission to enter U.S. military training airspace around Iejima at an altitude above 5000 feet (1524 meters). However on March 29 this year, the Marine...

CV-22 Osprey set to deploy at Yokota Air Base also being used for night training in Okinawa, has a higher accident rate than the MV-22

 

March 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – The U.S. military announced that the CV-22 Osprey scheduled to deploy...

Information wanted for a discovered pen case with name “Masao Uema”

Information wanted for a discovered pen case with name “Masao Uema”

 

March 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Seventy-nine year-old Isamu Kuniyoshi, who has collected remains from the victims of Battle of Okinawa for the past sixty years until he retired from collecting in March 2016, found a black pen case with the name “Masao Uema” inscribed.

The...

U.S. training airspace around Okinawa expanded under guise of temporary use, impeding civil aviation

U.S. training airspace around Okinawa expanded under guise of temporary use, impeding civil aviation

 

March 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Ryota Shimabukuro and Ryota Nakamura

 

Over the past two years U.S. military training airspace around Okinawa has greatly expanded, restricting the navigation of civilian aircraft.

The U.S. military added...