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Longevity Beauty Queens chosen in Kitanakagusuku

Longevity Beauty Queens chosen in Kitanakagusuku

October 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three aged women were chosen as Kitanakagusuku Longevity Beauty Queens 2014 in the village welfare festival on October 26. This event aims to let people know that the village has the longest female lifespan in Japan. Ninety-five-year-old Hatsu Higa, 94-year-old Tsuru Sternberg and 82-year-old Hideko Higa won awards in the pageant. Hatsu was selected as the “best woman having the time of her life,” Tsuru as the “top woman with a volunteer spirit” and...

 

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomes 30 millionth visitor

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomes 30 millionth visitor

October 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomed Naohiro Tashiro as its 30 millionth visitor. Visiting the aquarium for the first time with his girlfriend Chisato Mizuta from Tokyo, he received a commemorative certificate and gift from curator Hirokazu Miyahara....

Ryukyu Dynasty procession unfolds

Ryukyu Dynasty procession unfolds

October 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Dynasty procession was held in Kokusai Street, Naha on October 27, the third day of the Shurijo Castle Festival. Reenacting the colorful event from the Ryukyu Dynasty almost one thousand people took part in the procession, including those in the roles...

Seven karate masters receive service awards

Seven karate masters receive service awards

October 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper held the 5th Service Awards Ceremony for Okinawan Karate and Traditional Martial Arts at Pacific Hotel Okinawa in Naha on October 23. Seven people who have contributed to passing on and developing karate received award certificates.

Choko...

Growing number of Ryukyu long-haired rats killed on roads

Growing number of Ryukyu long-haired rats killed on roads

October 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of the road accidents involving Ryukyu long-haired rats is increasing, claiming the lives of 13 animals so far this year.

Experts warn that this year’s figure could possibly reach 25, exceeding the highest number recorded in 2011 in which 24...

Postage stamp commemorating 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

Postage stamp commemorating 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

October 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Okinawa branch of Japan Post released postage stamps commemorating the 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament. The stamps depict bullfighting scenes mainly from the works of freelance photographer Yukie Kudaka, who is from Uruma City and...

Okinawa to be promoted at movie theaters nationwide

October 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Public relations and tourism promotion company SB Japan started promoting Okinawa tourism at more than 300 movie theaters nationwide on October 24. It advertises on screens and sells Okinawan products in the theater lobbies. They aim to lift awareness of specialty...

Aguni Junior High School students create ice cream containing salt

Aguni Junior High School students create ice cream containing salt

October 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Aguni Junior High School students have created ice cream containing salt and gluey millet fried dough cookies made in Aguni. The students reported their achievement to Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Prefectural Office on October 21.

The students...

Okinawan researchers find aging retardant

Okinawan researchers find aging retardant

October 23, 2013 Takumi Takimoto of Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan researchers have found that liquid extracted from shell ginger contains a compound that slows aging and reduces wrinkles. Okinawan people have been consuming the liquid from ancient times. Shinkichi Tawada, professor in the Faculty...

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