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Community

Earthquake victim uses basketball skills to encourage Sendai residents

A professional basketball player who found himself in the midst of the devastation in Sendai during the March 11th Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami is making the best of a bad situation as he joined the Ryukyu Golden Kings two weeks ago. Point guard Takehiko Shimura, who normally plays for the Sendai 89ers in the Basketball Japan League, has been adopted by the Golden Kings as part of a “player relief system” in place for the remainder of this season.   Read More!

Entertainment

Musicians play free at four events raising money for disaster victims

Four concerts are in the works for Sunday afternoon in Naha, Okinawa and Ginowan Cities to raise funds for victims of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. Artists committed to the fundraising cause include Mongol 800, Diamantes, Erica Sunakawa, Isamu Shimoji, Yukito Ara, D-51, Jimama and Kiroro.   Read More!

Performers join Operation Phoenix for fundraiser

A three-day fundraiser dubbed Operation Phoenix kicks off tomorrow at the roadside park on Kaichu Douro, Uruma City, to raise funds for victims of the March 11th Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. More than a dozen Okinawa bands and singers will take to the stage at Kaichu Douro, the road with the long bridge on the way to Ikei Island, encouraging attendees to donate generously to the Japan Red Cross Society through the Uruma City Office.   Read More!

Freestyle dance contest entries being accepted

It’s all about body language, the dancers say, as they hear music and translate the pulsating sounds and let their emotions run free as they cross their arms, slump their shoulders and shake their limbs. Freestyle dance is an art where dancers reveal their strength as they entertain themselves while the audience gets involved in watching the rants in 4/4 time, and Saturday’s competition sponsored by Marine Corps Community Services is an opportunity for teams from across Okinawa to strut their stuff as they compete for more than $1,000 in cash and prizes.   Read More!

Localbeat

'Hanabi Illusion' launches 2011 festivals season

A fireworks extravaganza created by a fashion designer and executed by one of the world’s top pyrotechnic teams awaits visitors April 16th as Ryukyu Kaiennsai 2011 presents the season’s first festival and fireworks display. Sponsored by Ryukyu Kaiennsai Implementation Committee and Japan Air Lines, Hanabi Illusion is a show with more than 10,000 brilliantly colorful rockets, starbursts and more filling the skies over Ginowan Tropical Beach.   Read More!

Culture

Akara Gallery beckons art lovers

Bokunen Naka has a new passion, and he’s sharing it with local and international communities at his Bokunen Art Museum now open at American Village in Chatan. The 58-year-old Okinawa contemporary artist, who’s been staging shows and exhibits for well over a decade, designed the odd shaped building in American Village that houses the Bokunen Art Museum, his Akara Gallery, the Janosz café and a Habu Box.   Read More!

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