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Miyazawa begins 100-year project planting kuroki for sanshin

Miyazawa begins 100-year project planting <em>kuroki</em> for <em>sanshin</em>

July 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 100-year Project to create a forest of kuroki in Yomitan has started with the aim of planting young trees of ebony or kuroki for sanshin on an ongoing basis beyond the current generation. The project aims to produce sanshin using local Okinawan materials because in recent years many sanshin are made using imported ebony. On July 16, Kazufumi Miyazawa, the honorary chairman of the organizing committee, vocalist...

 

Pupils of Kaneshi Elementary School work under professionals to create models of their dream shop

Pupils of Kaneshi Elementary School work under professionals to create models of their dream shop

July 15, 2012 Takahiro Shinjo, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 27, in an art class at Kaneshi Elementary School in Nakijin, 26 sixth-grade pupils took part in a special workshop, to create models of their dream shop. The children designed a variety of shops for motorcycles, cars,...

Production of peucedanum japonicum up eight-fold in the last five years

Production of peucedanum japonicum up eight-fold in the last five years

July 21, 2012 Maki Nagamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

The volume of production is increasing of peucedanum japonicum, or the longevity herb, a Yonaguni Island herb long known to have medicinal properties. From 2005 to 2010, annual production in Okinawa has grown 8.1 times to 26.6 tons, and the area...

Japan Alcohol Corporation starts ethanol production in Miyako

Japan Alcohol Corporation starts ethanol production in Miyako

July 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year, at a bioethanol production factory at Shimoji, Miyako-jima City Tokyo-based merchandising company the Japan Alcohol Corporation will commence ethanol production and research into the conversion of byproducts into fertilizer. In 2010, at a cost of approximately...

Sol-T-Shine gets in a dance “Olympic”

Sol-T-Shine gets in a dance “Olympic”

July 18, 2012 Kenta Masuda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Sol-T-shine, a dance group from the Tida Dance Studio in Chatan, gained entry to the World Hip-Hop Championship 2012 to be held on August 1 in Las Vegas, which is known as the dance Olympics.

The group consists of eight elementary school and...

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