Archive for April, 2014

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Ishigaki Island chosen as the best diving spot in Japan for 14 years in a row

Ishigaki Island chosen as the best diving spot in Japan for 14 years in a row

April 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki Island has won the top spot in Japan for 14 consecutive years at the Dive & Travel Awards hosted by monthly magazine Marine Diving. The winners were selected by the magazine’s readers, who voted for their favourite diving spots. Okinawa Main Island came in second place, and Miyako Island was in third place. The top three are all in the Okinawa region. Diving shop South Point was awarded 9th place in the best diving service section, and Kabira...

 

Chinese classic documents from the Ryukyu Kingdom era published

Chinese classic documents from the Ryukyu Kingdom era published

April 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the help of Okinawan researchers, Fudan University of China has published 36 books collecting Chinese classic documents and books that were written during the Ryukyu Kingdom era.

Japanese and Chinese researchers worked together to collect over 70 documents...

Okinawa City to be an Eisa Hub

Okinawa City to be an <em>Eisa</em> Hub

April 2, 2014 Masahiko Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa City, which declares itself as the town of Eisa, has created a plan for the first dedicated hub building for the Okinawa traditional drum-dance. The location will be at the Goya intersection of the city. The building occupies about...

Okinawa Defense Bureau selects companies to design the landfill site in Henoko

April 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau has selected the companies it will commission to build a replacement base in Henoko, Nago, for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The defense bureau previously issued an advertisement for bids on this project. These works include research...

Grey-faced Buzzard recovers from injury in Okinawa

Grey-faced Buzzard recovers from injury in Okinawa

April 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An injured chick of the Grey-faced Buzzard has taken flight again after being in the care of Okinawa Prefectural Ishigaki Youth House. The bird flew vigorously toward the sky when staff released it on April 6.

This February, an Ishigaki citizen found the...

Final encore for rock band The BOOM

Final encore for rock band The BOOM

April 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

World-famous Japanese rock band The BOOM will end its career this December. The band is famous for globally popular song,”Shimauta.”

The band’s recording company announced the news on March 30.
The vocalist Kazufumi Miyazawa remarked,...

Sweet Bakery Porsche gets halal certification for its Beniimo tart

Sweet Bakery Porsche gets halal certification for its Beniimo tart

April 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Sweet Bakery Porsche Co. in Yomitan Village has received the halal certification for its Beniimo tart. This is the first halal-certification for the confectionary industry, and the second for the entire food industry – the first company was Yaeyama Shokusan...

Filipino nurse candidate is first-ever in Okinawa to pass Japan’s national exam

Filipino nurse candidate is first-ever in Okinawa to pass Japan's national exam

March 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 25,Bulilan Gian Carlo Tortugo, who is from the Philippines and has been attending a training course at Arakaki Hospital in Ageda, Okinawa City, passed the Japanese national nursing exam. She was one of the foreign-nurse candidates accepted into the Okinawa...

Okinawa International Movie Festival fills audience with smiles and thrills

Okinawa International Movie Festival fills audience with smiles and thrills

March 25, 2014 Takahiro Miyagi and Naoki Isa of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The 6th Okinawa International Movie Festival 2014 was held from March 20 to 24 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City. The red carpet event was first held in Naha City. The organizer has since expanded the locations...

Kangaroo Yayoi turns one

Kangaroo Yayoi turns one

March 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Zoo & Museum held the first birthday party of kangaroo Yayoi on March 30.
Many parents and children took part and presented a cake made of Yayoi’s favorite vegetables and fruits.

According to a member of the breeding staff Akari...

New cruise ship terminal building completed in Naha

New cruise ship terminal building completed in Naha

March 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A new cruise ship terminal building was completed at Okinawa’s hub of customs immigration and quarantine in Naha. On March 28, about 110 people from the Japanese and Okinawa Prefectural governments and tourism industries attended the inauguration at Wakasa...

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