Henoko Blue

The canoe team for protecting Oura Bay, Henoko, Okinawa, from construction of a new U.S. military base



On one rainy day

On Saturday, May 13, we were on standby after the regular meeting in the morning. Then it started raining as the weather forecast said. Heavy downpour continued intermittently. We decided to take time off from protesting, after checking out the... Continue Reading →

Japanese government begins “main construction work” for a new U.S. base, but it is just a ceremony

Some people would think that the landfill work starts in full swing in Henoko, Okinawa prefecture. However, this is a manipulation tactic. Please set your mind at rest. The sea of Henoko has not reclaimed! Today, the construction work was... Continue Reading →

To prevent the government from conductiong construction work

We were rocked by the news that the Japanese government would eventually start shore protection work off Henoko for U.S. base as early as April 17. The work would be launched from the northern part of reclamation district. In preparation... Continue Reading →

Return of the Construction Ships

It's Sunday. Because the construction workers are off work, we take time off from protesting. We spend time with our families, chat with friends, read books. We work hard to protect our everyday lives. But Sundays are reserved for rest.... Continue Reading →

Future Journalists Visit Henoko

The other day, several American students majoring in journalism came to Henoko to learn about what's happening here. We were happy to hear that it was our blog that prompted them to come. They seemed surprised by the juxtaposition between... Continue Reading →

Concrete blocks lowered into the ocean despite bad weather On Friday, Feb. 10, the temperature in Nago only went up to around 13 or 14 degrees Celsius. The winds rolled down the surrounding mountains, hitting Oura Bay hard, making it feel as though it was even colder than... Continue Reading →

Destruction of Oura Bay begins…

Around 9:30 a.m. on Feb.7, we saw the very first concrete block* was dumped into sea. And then, workers dumped large concrete blocks one after the other in quite short time than we might imagine. The officers of Japan Coast... Continue Reading →

Once Again

On the morning of January 1, 2017, many gathered along the Henoko shoreline to watch the first sunrise of the year. We vowed to stop the construction of a new U.S. military base, and prayed for a peaceful year. And... Continue Reading →


In a single night, a calm little village suddenly became a solemn place. The road all the way from the village to the seaside was blocked off with many layers of caution tape. Beyond the restricted area lay the wreckage... Continue Reading →

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