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May 15, 1992 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As darkness fell over this grassy knoll on the northernmost tip of the Ryukyu Islands in southern Japan, several men in headbands touched lighted torches to a stack of wood. A burst of orange fire flared, giving off a billowing gray cloud of smoke. Miles north, the people on the island of Yoron performed the same ritual, directing back to Okinawa a flickering flame, small but clearly visible. As the twin flames burned, the Okinawans cheered and broke into song.
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May 15, 1992 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As darkness fell over this grassy knoll on the northernmost tip of the Ryukyu Islands in southern Japan, several men in headbands touched lighted torches to a stack of wood. A burst of orange fire flared, giving off a billowing gray cloud of smoke. Miles north, the people on the island of Yoron performed the same ritual, directing back to Okinawa a flickering flame, small but clearly visible. As the twin flames burned, the Okinawans cheered and broke into song.
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