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New Year’s banquet at Shuri Castle: Ryukyu Kingdom era ritual performed as prayer for peace

New Year's banquet at Shuri Castle: Ryukyu Kingdom era ritual performed as prayer for peace

January 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 1, the annual New Year’s banquet began at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, Okinawa. The event is held every year from January 1 to 3.

The Chouhaiokishiki, or Imperial Court New Year’s morning ceremony from the Ryukyu Kingdom era, was held on January 1 and 2. The ritual consisted of three parts.

The spectacular event attracted many tourists and families.

At Ninufanu-unufe, the first part of the event, a man playing the role...

 

Admirable love among indigenous beetles in the Takae Forest

Admirable love among indigenous beetles in the Takae Forest

December 30, 2016 Chie Tome of Ryukyu Shimpo

There is an insect that spends two years underground as larva and then comes out of the ground during an evening around Christmas in search of its soulmate. This romantic insect, the Tricholontha papagena, is a beetle endemic to the Amami and Okinawa...

Nine Okinawan higher education institution presidents request Osprey flight suspension

Nine Okinawan higher education institution presidents request Osprey flight suspension

December 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 27, the presidents of nine higher education institutions in Okinawa submitted a written statement to the Japanese and U.S. governments in response to the recent crash accident of a U.S. MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft...

Governor Onaga emphasizes need to take measures against government’s forceful resumption of Henoko construction

Governor Onaga emphasizes need to take measures against government’s forceful resumption of Henoko construction

December 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On the morning of December 27, Governor Takeshi Onaga had a meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, where he called for prior discussions to be held before the government resumes construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air...

Elephants from Fukushima spend winter in Okinawa where they can eat their favourite food, sugar cane

Elephants from Fukushima spend winter in Okinawa where they can eat their favourite food, sugar cane

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A welcome ceremony for two Asian elephants, Tonsai and Buntoon, from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima was held on December 17 at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. The elephants are staying in Okinawa to see out the winter. The curator of the zoo, Masaru Takada,...

Humpback whale spotted off coast of Zamami Island swimming leisurely

Humpback whale spotted off coast of Zamami Island swimming leisurely

December 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yoshikazu Miyazato

On December 25, it was confirmed that a humpback whale visited the northern sea of Zamami Island. It is the first whale sighting of the season.

Kiyoshi Miyagi, 57, a member of the Zamami Whale Watching Association, managed...

Onaga sends notice of cancellation, government to resume Henoko construction

Onaga sends notice of cancellation, government to resume Henoko construction

December 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 1:30 p.m. on December 26, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at Naha Airport and announced that he had begun procedures to cancel his cancellation of authorization to reclaim land in Henoko, Nago City. Onaga cancelled the authorization...

Resident of Okinawa from Afghanistan falsely rumored as planning act of terrorism

Resident of Okinawa from Afghanistan falsely rumored as planning act of terrorism

December 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of December 23, false rumors that a male proponent of the extremist organization Islamic State (IS) from Afghanistan would incite terrorism in Mihama, Chatan Town were flying around on social networking sites (SNS) such as Twitter. The post spread...

With 340 years of history and bearing Christian influences, “Chiritancho” is Itoman, Okinawa’s traditional birthday celebration

With 340 years of history and bearing Christian influences, “Chiritancho” is Itoman, Okinawa’s traditional birthday celebration

December 25, 2016, Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kyan community association in Itoman, Okinawa held their annual newborn celebration, “Chiritancho” on the afternoon of December 25 in the Kyan Community Center. The celebration is for babies born in 2016, and wishes them a long, healthy life. Sixteen...

“The future is ours,” leader Yamashiro detained for protest against new US base calls for unity

December 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroji Yamashiro, the director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, who was arrested on October 17, has been prosecuted and is now being detained for his involvement in protests against new U.S. base construction in Henoko, Nago and Helipad construction in the...

Okinawa tourism generates 1 billion yen in fiscal year of 2015

December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, Okinawa Prefecture’s Culture, Tourism, and Sports Division announced the economic effects of tourism in Okinawa in the 2015 fiscal year. Tourism generated 1,143,334 million yen, a rise of 49.9 percent from the survey last year, and the highest...