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Mud of happiness for children in traditional Pantou event on Miyako Island

Mud of happiness for children in traditional <em>Pantou</em> event on Miyako Island

October 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A traditional Pantou event, which is designated a significant intangible folk cultural asset of the country, took place in Tairashimajiri district in Miyakojima City on October 3 and 4.

Visiting gods, pantou, dressed in muddy vines, smeared mud on people and houses to drive away evil spirits and pray for perfect health.

Three pantou gods called Nmariga emerged from an old well at 5 p.m., ran around, and came...

 

OkiHam to test-market malted vinegar in Taiwan

OkiHam to test-market malted vinegar in Taiwan

October 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Ham Co. Ltd. (OkiHam) created “Benikojisu” which consists of rice malt, Ryukyu Moromi Vinegar, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Working with the Okinawa Industry Business Association, the company will test-market Benikojisu on wealthy consumers...

The number of Osprey flights up 64 %

The number of Osprey flights up 64 %

October 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima has previously stated that he would work to ease Okinawa’s US military base burden by transferring military training outside of the prefecture and stopping the operation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within five...

All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima to include Irabu Long Bridge on bike course

All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima to include Irabu Long Bridge on bike course

September 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A general meeting for the executive committee of the 31st All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima was held in Miyakojima on September 25. The committee decided to hold the competition on April 19 2015 and include the newly-built Irabu Long Bridge in the bike course....

Chinese Goshawk birds visit Zamami Island

Chinese Goshawk  birds visit  Zamami Island

September 24, 2014 Hirokazu Otsubo, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Zamami Wild Bird Club members observed Chinese Goshawk birds from a lookout at Mount Takatsuki. The migratory birds, which herald the start of autumn, flew in the sky above the island.

On September 13, one day later...

Junior high-school student whose parents are from China speaks out against prejudice

Junior high-school student whose parents are from China speaks out against prejudice

October 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 30, the Okinawa Prefectural People’s Forum for the Fostering of Children and Youth held the 36th Okinawa Junior Students Speech Contest at the Okinawa Civic Theater Ashibina in Okinawa City.

Twelve contestants selected from six districts...

Two Korean airlines start Seoul-Naha route

September 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Flights between Seoul and Naha will increase to five round trips daily by the end of this year. Korean LCC Jeju Air will launch a round trip on the route every day from December 1, and T’way Airlines will do the same from December 25. It will be the first...

Volunteers recovering the remains of Battle of Okinawa victims press government to re-assess the landfill application for new base at Henoko

Volunteers recovering the remains of Battle of Okinawa victims press government to re-assess the landfill application for new base at Henoko

September 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takamatsu Gushiken, the president of the Gamafuya, a volunteer group dedicated to the recovery of remains of the Battle of Okinawa, visited the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly on September 25. Gushiken asked Masaharu Kina, the chairman of the assembly, to reassess...

President of major Okinawa Soba producer plans to make the noodle popular worldwide

President of major Okinawa Soba producer plans to make the noodle popular worldwide

September 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A lecture targeted at middle-aged to elderly people with an interest in Okinawa food history was held at Kitanakagusuku Ogusuku community center on September 25. Kenichi Dohi, the president of major Okinawa Soba maker Sun Foods Co., Ltd. and top adviser of...

Beijing Capital Airlines to run charter flights between Hangzhou and Naha in October

September 25, 2014 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

From October 29, Beijing Capital Airlines will start chartering two round-trip flights per week between Hangzhou and Naha. The new service will operate on Tuesday and Saturday using Airbus 320 aircraft, which has about 160 seats. The company plans...

610 people take part in a prefectural convention for promoting Shimakutuba

610 people take part in a prefectural convention for promoting <em>Shimakutuba</em>

September 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Second Shimakutuba (Ryukyuan languages) Prefectural Convention titled “Connecting Okinawan Spirits Through Shimakutuba” was held, on September 20 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City. According to the organizer, about 610...