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110th anniversary of birth of great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi

110th anniversary of birth of great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi

September 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo held an event in the evening of September 7 to commemorate the 110th anniversary of birth of the great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi. Held in Izumizaki, Naha and attended by about 450 people, it also celebrated the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the Ryukyu Shimpo. Those who attended spoke fondly of Yamanokuchi and his works.

In the first part of the event, the organizers invited Izumi Yamanokuchi, the poet’s oldest daughter,...

 

OIST sets up equipment to observe coral reefs in the sea off Motobu Peninsula

September 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tetsuji Mitarai, associate professor at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), and others, held a press conference at Okinawa Ocean Expo Park in Motobu in northern Okinawa on September 6. They said that researchers have set up equipment to constantly...

Researcher publishes Japanese author Higuchi’s works in Vietnamese

Researcher publishes Japanese author Higuchi's works in Vietnamese

September 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nguyen Do An Nhien, a visiting fellow at Meio University Research Institute, has published Vietnamese translations of Japanese author Ichiyo Higuchi’s works Takekurabe and other two novels. Higuchi was Japan´s first prominent woman writer of modern times...

Okinawa to set up a council to restore prefecture’s exceptional longevity

September 6, 2013 Yoko Takaesu of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government will set up a prefecture-wide council to plan a movement to restore good health and longevity among Okinawans. It will consist of representatives of 50 to 60 organizations such as economic and educational...

Former University of the Ryukyus engineering official contributes 200 kilogram giant clam to Nago City

Former University of the Ryukyus engineering official contributes 200 kilogram giant clam to Nago City

September 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eighty-four-year-old Hideo Nakamura used to conduct submersible surveys in various areas in Okinawa as an engineering official at the University of the Ryukyus. Nakamura contributed a 200 kilogram giant clam, barrel sponges and fishing gear to Nago Museum on...

Okinawa to build logistics center in Naha

Okinawa to build logistics center in Naha

September 6, 2013 Fumitetsu Jahana of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government plans to start building a new logistics center in the international industrial clusters area in Naha in January 2014. It should be complete by February 2015.

With five floors above ground and a total...

Ryukyu Shimpo and Sanin Chuo win 2013 Japan Newspaper Association Prize for joint project

Ryukyu Shimpo and Sanin Chuo win 2013 Japan Newspaper Association Prize for joint project

September 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 4, the Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association decided to award its 2013 editing and planning department prize to the Ryukyu Shimpo and Sanin Chuo Shimpo for their joint project “Meguri no Umi” (People around the Ocean rim).

Ryukyu...

Nago the “Home of Agu

Nago the “Home of <em>Agu</em>

September 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago City declared itself to be the “Home of Agu” on September 1. Through the years it has worked to save and promote the Okinawan native pig known as agu, which used to be threatened by extinction. A statue of an agu pig...

Children scream in “Haunted House”

Children scream in

August 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 18, the Obake (ghost) Night Museum was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. Eight ghosts, which were selected from about 1,000 evil spirit characters created for the museum by children, appeared in the haunted house set up in the museum. Many children...

Okinawa City starts virtual broadcasting station Koza TV

Okinawa City starts virtual broadcasting station Koza TV

August 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From the beginning of July, the Okinawa City Culture Tourism Division has started a virtual broadcasting station called Koza TV. Through their website they introduce events, key people and behind-the-scenes information on economic development projects in Okinawa...

Climax of Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

Climax of Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

September 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifteen groups took part in the final day of the 58th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival in Okinawa City on September 1. The city is widely recognized as a symbol of eisa dance. People from inside and outside the city took part in the festival.

The crowd was...