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Juri-uma parade performed in Tsuji

<em>Juri-uma</em> parade performed in Tsuji

March 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, or January 20 in the old lunar calendar, a traditional New Year event called hachika sogachi was held at Tsuji in Naha. Participants prayed for business success and a good harvest. The Tsuji Shinshikai Foundation and other groups organized the event.

Women dressed in beautiful costumes made of bingata, Okinawan traditional resist dyed cloth, performed the juri-uma dance, which attracted many spectators.

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Orion Beer to donate one yen per beer towards the construction of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza

Orion Beer to donate one yen per beer towards the construction of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza

March 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orion Beer has started a campaign to raise funds for the construction of a commercial facility called “Hawaii Okinawa Plaza” led by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUO). The campaign aims to donate one yen per bottle of sales revenue from “Orion...

Okinawan Restaurant Nanpu closes after 67 years in Kabuki-Cho

Okinawan Restaurant Nanpu closes after 67 years in Kabuki-Cho

March 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

After 67 years of its history, pioneering Okinawan restaurant Nanpu in Kabuki-Cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo will close at the end of this month. The 68-year old owner Kiyomi Maeda explained, “I’m getting weak physically, and there is no one to pass this restaurant...

Villagers hold protest rally against US Osprey and F-35′s training on Ie Island

Villagers hold protest rally against US Osprey and F-35's training on Ie Island

March 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7, a protest rally against the expansion of U.S. military training at the Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield was held on Ie Island. U.S. Marine Corps plans to expand its MV-22 Osprey aircraft training program and begin F-35 fighter’s training. About 100 people...

Vice chairman of environmental monitoring committee on Henoko landfill says he will resign

Vice chairman of environmental monitoring committee on Henoko landfill says he will resign

March 11, 2015 Kyoko Ishii of Ryukyu Shimpo

The vice chairman of the government’s environmental monitoring committee Seiji Azuma, 81, emeritus professor at University of the Ryukyus, has told the Okinawa Defense Bureau that he will resign. The committee has been set up to discuss environmental...

Nago Mayor criticizes Japanese government for resuming marine boring survey in Henoko

Nago Mayor criticizes Japanese government for resuming marine boring survey in Henoko

March 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau has resumed a marine boring survey as part of offshore construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. On March 12, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine spoke to the press. Inamine said,...

Okinawa Defense Bureau resumes marine boring survey ignoring OPG’s request to halt it

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Indian elephant Ryuka has first baby in Okinawa

Indian elephant Ryuka  has first baby in Okinawa

March 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of March 4, 14-year-old Indian elephant Ryuka gave birth to a baby girl weighing 100 kilograms at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum. This is the first elephant born in Okinawa and the 10th in Japan.

Ryuka started having contractions at 7:00 p.m. on...

Argentinian drumming group “Mukaito Taiko” marks its 20th anniversary

Argentinian drumming group “Mukaito Taiko” marks its 20th anniversary

March 9, 2015 Ricardo Oshiro, Ryukyu Shimpo correspondent

Mukaito Taiko, which was the first ensemble taiko drumming group to be formed in Argentina, has performed to a packed-out audience, to mark the 20th anniversary of its foundation. The group performed in Buenos Aires, Argentina at Maipo...

Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village

Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village

March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The 33rd Higashi Village Azalea Festival has kicked off at the Higashi Sonmin no Mori Tsutsuji Park on March 1. Although the flowers have been slower to bloom than in previous years, with the most of the plants in the park only partly flowering, some were blooming...

JCG’s craft hits rubber boat carrying Henoko protesters

JCG's craft hits rubber boat carrying Henoko protesters

March 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A collision occurred when the Japan Coast Guard (JCG)’s special guard and rescue craft “Arutairu,” was chasing a rubber boat carrying two citizens protesting against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko to replace Marine Corps...