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Urasoe Art Museum stages Mika Ninagawa Exhibition
[2012-03-16] Artist Mika Ninagawa, a favorite with famous Japanese actors and actresses, as well as the nation’s younger generation, is showing her works at an exhibition at the Urasoe Art Museum. The 40-year-old photographer, motion picture and television drama director and advertising designer, has had her works featured in Elle Japon, Figaro, ViVi, Glamorous, and JJ, and has produced promotional videos for top musicians in Japan. Read More!
Dolls are very special during Hina Matsuri
[2012-03-02] Dolls are a young girl’s best friend, and always have been, but here in Japan there’s a tradition behind that love affair, evidenced by celebrating Hina Matsuri, Girl's Day, on Saturday. The custom of displaying dolls takes center stage March 3rd each year as Japan celebrates in an ages-old tradition. Read More!
Sanshin reflects Okinawa's cultural soul
[2012-02-24] Okinawa boasts many unique cultural events, activities, foods, dance and even musical instruments played to accompany those dances. March 4th marks Sanshin-no Hi, or Sanshin Day in Okinawa (3/4; san = three, shi = four). Read More!
Dragon rules in coming New Year
[2012-01-19] The dragon becomes king Sunday as the new lunar year begins. The centuries-old celebration features old calendar traditions that are both common and popular in Okinawa, where fishermen will celebrate in their ports with special flags adorning their boats in hopes of a big catch. Read More!
Naha cultural heritage subject of exhibition
[2011-12-23] Naha City is a treasure house of cultural properties, formed by a series of regions brought together for self preservation, and the city’s History Museum now is hosting a ‘Cultural Properties of Naha City’ exhibition. Located on the fourth floor of the Palette Kumoji building at the southern end of Kokusai street in downtown Naha City, the Naha City History Museum has the Cultural Properties exhibition running through December 27th on a daily basis from 10 a. Read More!
Traditional ceramics makers to show wares in Yomitan
[2011-12-16] It’s called the Yomitan Yachimun no Sato, but in more simple terms it’s a Yuntan-za burned ceramic wares market. The traditional ceramic ware market is holding a three day festival starting tomorrow, with eight ateliers from Yuntanza kiln and Yuntanza north kiln selling their ceramic wares for 20% ~ 30% off the normal prices. Read More!
Prefectural Bonsai Exhibition now ready to start
[2011-12-09] More than 70 entries are being prepared for judging at the 24th Prefectural Bonsai Exhibition to be held at the Gushikawa Dome baseball stadium in Uruma City. The event runs tomorrow through Sunday, with nearly seventy bonsai entries selected from five districts within the prefecture. Read More!
Belly dancing hits National Theater stage next weekend
[2011-10-21] Just about everyone calls it belly dancing, but the raqs sharki, or ‘dance of the near east’ is an art form that’s evolved through the ages, and has now found its way to Okinawa. The belly dances, ancient and scintillating dances most often performed by women, but technically not off limits to men, originated in the Middle East, are much more than mere dances involving the belly; they in fact utilize just about all the body, particularly the hips. Read More!
Autistic artist offers special exhibition
[2011-09-09] A very special exhibition by a very special artist gets under way tomorrow at Gallery Premier in Chatan, a show with a plethora of Okinawa subjects captured as colorful computer art. The exhibition featuring the works of Yusuke Namihira runs Friday through next Wednesday, from 11:00 a. Read More!
Shuri Castle Park Mid-Autumn Celebration this weekend
[2011-09-09] The music and dance will be performed by Living National Treasures of Okinawa as Shuri Castle Park commemorates the Mid-Autumn Celebration Saturday and Sunday. The events take place in the castle’s Una Forecourt. Read More!

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