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The Great Tug-of-War of Ginowan

The Great Tug-of-War of Ginowan

August 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The community association in the Oyama district of Ginowan held the Great Tug-of-War, at an athletic field of Oyama Elementary School on July 27. The tradition has a history of over 100 years.

Divided into two groups, Mendakari and Kushindarari, the residents competed against each other. The community association in the Makishi district of Ginowan also held a tug-of-war, blocking Convention Street on July 20 for the event. The event attracted many participants....

 

All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament attracts 2,500 spectators

All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament attracts 2,500 spectators

August 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, the All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Summer Tournament was held, sponsored jointly by the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and the RyukyuShimpo Co., at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City. About 20 young and veteran bulls gathered...

Awamori promoted for registration in the World’s Cultural Heritage list

Awamori promoted for registration in the World's Cultural Heritage list

August 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 4, the Awamori Meister Association launched a preparatory committee to promote the inscribing of Awamori, which is made of Aspergillus luchuensis, to the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Following Japanese cuisine, which was listed on the World...

JICA to resume sending teachers to Bolivia

August 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

While the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) stopped sending teachers to Bolivia in fiscal 2012, the organization has decided to resume the program in the next fiscal year.

In the 189th Multiracial Nation Bolivia Independence Ceremony, the head...

Nobel Prize-winning author Oe’s memo directed to Okinawan atomic bomb survivors found

Nobel Prize-winning author Oe's memo directed to Okinawan atomic bomb survivors found

August 6, 2014 Mamoru Yasuda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe wrote a book about Okinawa titled Okinawa Notes. He has deep emotional ties to the prefecture. When he visited Okinawa for the first time in 1965, Oe met Okinawan atomic bomb survivors, and wrote a memoir...

Smaller summer bonus of suku fish this year

Smaller summer bonus of suku fish this year

August 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, which is July 1 in the lunar calendar, on Ojima Island, Tamagusuku, Nanjo, fisherman brought in their annual bonus catch of young rabbitfish, called suku in Okinawan language.They returned from the sea in the early morning, carrying baskets filled with...

Traditional wooden sailboat Maransen revived on Henza Island

Traditional wooden sailboat <em>Maransen</em> revived on Henza Island

August 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A wooden sailboat called Maransen was restored for the first time following the Battle of Okinawa. The sailboat was presented to residents at Henza public hall in Uruma City on July 31. A presentation ceremony was not held due to the effect of typhoon No....

Lightning strikes MV-22 Osprey belonging to US Futenma base

August 7, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

According to a list of Class A mishaps published by the U.S. Naval Safety Center, a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey aircraft was struck by lightning on June 27. A Class is the most severe type of accident. On August 5,...

Okinawa Yui Dance Promotion Council visits Mazhuancun in China

Okinawa Yui Dance Promotion Council visits Mazhuancun in China

July 30, 2014 Akiko Agarie of Ryukyu Shimpo

With the aim of deepening exchanges and bringing good cheer through Okinawan new dance culture, members of the Okinawa Yui Dance Promotion Council visited Mazhuancun in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, China, on July 29. Including Chairman Kiyoshi Miyagi,...

10,000 Eisa Dance Parade in Naha

10,000 <em>Eisa</em> Dance Parade in Naha

August 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten Thousand Eisa Dance Parade was held in the 20th Summer Festival on Kokusai Street in Naha. With great vigour and energy, the participants performed Okinawan traditional performing arts such as eisa dance and creative dance on the road. The crowd of...

South American students of Okinawan descent take part in the Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War

South American students of Okinawan descent take part in the Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War

August 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two South American students of Okinawan descent, whose roots are in Yonabaru Town, took part in the Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War at the Udun-yama Youth Square in Yonabaru Town on July 27.

Sebastian Pablo Uehara who is from Argentina, took part as shitaku,...