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Okinawan traditional horse racing to be revived

Okinawan traditional horse racing to be revived

February 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni, Zoo & Museum, is working to resurrect Okinawan traditional horse racing called uma-harase, which was lost almost 70 years ago because of the war. Since last October, zookeepers are preparing the unique racing style using the Yonaguni uma horses that are a native breed from Yonaguni Island, and the Jeju horse from Korea. On March 2 and 10, the traditional horse racing will be held at the zoo. Genwa...

 

Student researches history of black soldiers’ community in Koza

Student researches history of black soldiers’ community in Koza

February 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eriko Ikehara, a 49 year-old graduate school student at University of California, Berkeley, has researched the history of the black soldiers’ community that existed from the 1950s until about 1976 in the Teruya district of what was formerly Koza City (currently...

Satiparo ritual held on Miyako-jima

Satiparo ritual held on Miyako-jima

February 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 4, a traditional ritual known as satiparo was held at Uenonobaru in Miyako-jima. With a child wearing a carved wooden mask and performing as a visiting deity called pantu out in front, 14 women wrapped in vines walked around the community and drove...

Okinawa Governor Nakaima renounces Osprey operation from Futenma Air Station

February 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In his regular press conference held in the afternoon of February 8, Okinawan Governor Hirokazu Nakaima referred to the incident in which a water bottle dropped from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft after it took off from U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. Nakaima...

Fishing town celebrates Lunar New Year

Fishing town celebrates Lunar New Year

February 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Itoman, many people celebrated on February 10, which is New Year’s Day in the Lunar Calendar. At the fishing port in Itoman, where culture surrounding the lunar calendar still remains, fishermen flew flags and prayed for a big catch. This year, flags from...

Miyako-jima Municipal Office builds prototype EV car

Miyako-jima Municipal Office builds prototype EV car

February 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 1, at the Ecopit garage in Hirara on Miyako-jima, the local municipal office displayed a prototype small electric vehicle (EV) that they have produced in conjunction with local companies. The municipal office is conducting proving trials in order to...

Abe reiterates that the government will stick to the Henoko relocation plan

Abe reiterates that the government will stick to the Henoko relocation plan

February 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 2, for the first time since regaining the premiership, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Okinawa to meet Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at a hotel in Naha. While Nakaima expressed his gratitude to Abe for meeting Okinawan requests for about 300...

Sugar Hall Orchestra holds first performance

Sugar Hall Orchestra holds first performance

January 22, 2013 Takahiro Miyagi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 20, at the Nanjo City Culture Center Sugar Hall, the professional orchestra group known as the Sugar Hall Orchestra held its first concert, entitled, Fate. Together with previous prizewinners of the Okiden Sugar Hall Armature...

Kitanakagusuku pupils receive e-learning delivered by Washington State University

Kitanakagusuku pupils receive e-learning delivered by Washington State University

January 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Since last year, in conjunction with Washington State University, the Kitanakagusuku Municipal Office has been using a video-conference system to run a distance e-learning English program for elementary and junior high school pupils. The program is planned and...

University of the Ryukyus signs exchange agreement with Korean university

University of the Ryukyus signs exchange agreement with Korean university

February 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 24, the Mokpo National University of Korea and the University of the Ryukyus concluded academic exchange and cooperation agreements at the University of the Ryukyus campus in Nishihara. These agreements encourage both universities to exchange researchers...

Kids play in snow delivered from Hokkaido

Kids play in snow delivered from Hokkaido

February 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 2, about 40 children enjoyed using snow transported from Hokkaido to make snowmen at the Nago Municipal Stadium. This is the venue of the professional baseball team Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters’ training camp. Four companies, including Hokkaido Shimbun...