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Naha’s new Cultural Arts Theater incorporates elements of Shuri traditional textiles and the Okinawan Sea, and hopes to become a beacon for arts and culture

Naha’s new Cultural Arts Theater incorporates elements of Shuri traditional textiles and the Okinawan Sea, and hopes to become a beacon for arts and culture

July 19, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Naha City opened the doors of its new Naha Cultural Arts Theater NAHArt (New Community Center) in Kumoji to local media organizations on July 18. The center will open to the public October 31. The large theater seats around 1,600, and there will be a smaller theater that seats around 260-300. The design of the theater incorporates Okinawan elements such as shuriori textiles, una (a public square) and the ocean.

The exterior...

 

Yukiko Miyagi and Fusako Shida become the first living national treasures in Ryukyu Buyo

Yukiko Miyagi and Fusako Shida become the first living national treasures in Ryukyu Buyo

July 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 16, the Japanese government’s Council for Cultural Affairs, chaired by Makoto Sato, provided Koichi Hagiuda, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) with its selection for the next national living treasures....

Why does rapper Bad Bunny’s song Yonaguni have over 200 million views? Yonaguni town hall officials wonder

Why does rapper Bad Bunny’s song Yonaguni have over 200 million views? Yonaguni town hall officials wonder

July 14, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

 

In the month since its release on YouTube, the music video “Yonaguni,” titled after Japan’s westernmost island, as gained over 200 million views (as of July 13 in Japan). The song is the new release of the Puerto Rican...

Endangered Hawksbill Turtle lays eggs on Itoman Coast: “First time in my life!” says turtle-lover Tokumura

Endangered Hawksbill Turtle lays eggs on Itoman Coast: “First time in my life!” says turtle-lover Tokumura

July 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 12, an endangered hawksbill sea turtle was seen laying her eggs on the coast of Itoman. Koki Tokumura, a resident known by locals and on the radio as a lover of turtles discovered the nest and took a video. “It’s the first time in my life...

Okinawa prefectural assembly passes protest resolution after US Army PFOS outflow accident

Okinawa prefectural assembly passes protest resolution after US Army PFOS outflow accident

July 13, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The final regular meeting of the June session of the Okinawa prefectural assembly was held on July 12. In June there was an outflow accident on the U.S. Army Oil Storage Facility in Uruma City involving contaminated water containing organic fluorine...

In Iejima, students learn of two soldiers who lived in a tree for two years, not knowing the war was over

In Iejima, students learn of two soldiers who lived in a tree for two years, not knowing the war was over

July 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Mitsue Chinen

 

(Ie) With the aim of teaching about the tragedy of battle on Iejima and instilling a wish for peace, Ie Elementary School (principal: Kyoko Kohatsu) has established a curriculum for first-grade to sixth-grade students, adapted...

Sea urchins found to grow rapidly when raised with Shimaguwa leaves, and the Urasoe Ginowan Fishery Cooperative is looking to capitalize

Sea urchins found to grow rapidly when raised with Shimaguwa leaves, and the Urasoe Ginowan Fishery Cooperative is looking to capitalize

July 13 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Urasoe – A special project to raise sea urchins on land using leaves from the shimaguwa, an island mulberry tree specially raised in the city, is underway at Makiminato Fishing Port in Urasoe. On July 5, some of these were opened as a test, and there...

On Tanabata night, sparkling Milky Way observable by naked eye in Okinawa

On Tanabata night, sparkling Milky Way observable by naked eye in Okinawa

July 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

July 7 was Tanabata, or the Star Festival. This year, a high-pressure system hung over the Okinawa region, allowing observers to see the Milky Way spread out in the evening sky like a sparkling ribbon.

 

According to a myth cherished...

OPG loses Henoko coral lawsuit with two of five judges holding a dissenting opinion

OPG loses Henoko coral lawsuit with two of five judges holding a dissenting opinion

July 7, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 6 the Third Petty Bench of the Supreme Court (Presiding Judge Michiharu Hayashi) dismissed the final appeal of the Henoko coral lawsuit filed by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG). The lawsuit was in response to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry...

Naha District Court accepts 12 base employees’ claims of baseless punishment and unjust treatment

Naha District Court accepts 12 base employees’ claims of baseless punishment and unjust treatment

July 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 7, the Naha District Court announced their decision in the case brought by 12 Japanese staff working on U.S. military bases who claimed they had received undue punishment, including suspension, without factual basis. The plaintiffs sought confirmation...

Unexploded ordinance found in a construction site next to civilian house in Naha

Unexploded ordinance found in a construction site next to civilian house in Naha

July 9, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

At around 1:00 p.m. on July 8, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) alerted Naha city that “Unexploded ordinance has been found” at a construction site next to a residential building in Hantagawa.  The ordinance was a five-inch-long U.S....