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Shurijo: The World’s 10th Most Visited Castle

April 9, 2015 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

CNN’s “Travel + Leisure” website has ranked Shurijo Castle in Naha City as the 10th most visited Palace or Castle in the world. The ranking is based on visitor numbers obtained from tourist and government sources. Shurijo is the only monument in Japan to make the top ten.

The Forbidden City in Beijing, China, took first place with 15.34 million annual visitors. It was followed by the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, (9.33...

 

Earliest summer firework display held in Ginowan

Earliest summer firework display held in Ginowan

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tens of thousands of fireworks lit up the skies over Ginowan on the evening of April 12. Despite persistent rain, spectators at the Ryukyu Kaien Festival were treated to a spectacular display synchronized to music. One of the fireworks was produced by highly acclaimed...

A baby elephant meets the Okinawan public

A baby elephant meets the Okinawan public

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Visitors to Okinawa Zoo and Museum got their first chance to meet a new baby Indian elephant on April 11. About 500 people turned up to catch a glimpse of the female calf and her mother Ryuka. The baby spent much of her time in the spotlight snuggling up to her...

Young foreign scholars and journalist encourage sit-in protesters

Young foreign scholars and journalist encourage sit-in protesters

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Young foreign scholars and a journalist living in Okinawa visited the sit-in protest site at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, on April 11. The visitors came from Scotland, India, Switzerland, the United States, Taiwan, and Australia. Australian journalist...

Residents organizations set up in villages, towns and cities to block a new US base

Residents organizations set up in villages, towns and cities to block a new US base

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Grass roots organizations are springing up in municipalities across Okinawa to oppose the construction of a new U.S. base at Henoko.

In Chatan about 160 people, including residents and town council members, got together to form the Chatan Town Citizen’s...

Henoko fund set up to help block construction of new US base

Henoko fund set up to help block construction of new US base

April 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A new fund has been established to prevent the construction of a new U.S. base in northern Okinawa. The governments of Japan and the United States are planning to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station from Futenma in Ginowan to a new base in Nago. The “Henoko...

US Defense Secretary stresses importance of realignment of US forces in Japan, including Henoko relocation

US Defense Secretary stresses importance of realignment of US forces in Japan, including Henoko relocation

April 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. Defense Secretary has reiterated his support for relocating Futenma base to Henoko. Ashton Carter made the comments during a meeting with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani in Tokyo on April 8.

Nakatani began the meeting by saying, “The Japanese...

Employees of Kanehide Holdings take part in sit-in at Camp Schwab gate

Employees of Kanehide Holdings take part in sit-in at Camp Schwab gate

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 130 people from the Okinawa company Kanehide Holdings, including the chairman Morimasa Goya, have taken part in a protest against ongoing construction work at Camp Schwab in Henoko. Company executives along with new employees joined demonstrators outside the...

Reddish-brown moon appears during total eclipse

Reddish-brown moon appears during total eclipse

April 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s stargazers had a frustrating night on April 4 when clouds largely obscured the much anticipated lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth, moon and sun are aligned together, with the earth in the middle. The light from the sun is deflected...

OPG publishes book to help elementary and junior high students learn Shimakutuba

OPG publishes book to help elementary and junior high students learn Shimakutuba

April 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has for the first time published a booklet to help elementary and junior high students learn Shimakutuba – the local dialects of Okinawa. The booklets are designed for fifth-grade elementary school students and second-grade...

Tomb Sweeping Festival held to wish for prosperity

Tomb Sweeping Festival held to wish for prosperity

April 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Tomb Sweeping Festival called shimi started in various places in Okinawa on April 5. Many families visited the graveyards of their ancestors. At the Shikina-en in Naha, people offered various foods, including fruits and sweets to their ancestors. They reported...