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Ogami Island, just 4 km from Miyako Island, a mysterious place protecting tradition

Ogami Island, just 4 km from Miyako Island, a mysterious place protecting tradition

February 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Story: Masaki Umeda; Photos: Futoshi Hanashiro, Masatoshi Moromizato)

Ogami Island is located around four kilometers northeast of Miyako Island. It is known as the “Island of Prayer,” best represented by the secret ritual Uyagan. The only of Miyako Island’s four surrounding islands not accessible by bridge, access is limited to a regular ferry that departs from Shimajiri Bay. Because of the secret ritual, up until now outside investigations...

 

MIyako Island coral reef dies due to high water temperatures

MIyako Island coral reef dies due to high water temperatures

Marich 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Coral bleaching has been spreading near Miyako Island, and 30 percent of the coral reef has died, according to an announcement by the Ministry of the Environment on February 28.
 
The average coral mortality rate has increased to 68 percent in the...

Mass gathering demanding release of Yamashiro and detainees held before Naha District Court

Mass gathering demanding release of Yamashiro and detainees held before Naha District Court

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, at a park near the Naha District Court, the Free Hiroji Yamashiro and Other Protestors Now mass gathering was held to demand the prompt release of chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro and other detainees. Yamashiro’s...

319 participants in Higashi Village Adventure Rally, experiencing nature of Yambaru

319 participants in Higashi Village Adventure Rally, experiencing nature of Yambaru

February 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Fourth Yambaru Higashi Village Adventure Rally was held at Tsutsuji Park in Higashi Villager’s Forest. Three hundred and nineteen people from Okinawa and elsewhere took part in activities including kayaking, mountain biking, and trekking in the mountains...

Okinawa’s Hateruma nishihama beach ranks first among Japanese beaches on Tripadvisor

Okinawa's Hateruma nishihama beach ranks first among Japanese beaches on Tripadvisor

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The world’s largest travel information site, Tripadvisor, announced Japan’s best ten beaches on February 23. The Nishihama beach in Hateruma Island, which came second last year, got the top ranking this year. Eight beaches in Okinawa were chosen in the...

Pipe organ at church in Chatan revives its timbre

Pipe organ at church in Chatan revives its timbre

February 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In January, a pipe organ in Chatan All Soul’s Church in Yoshihara was overhauled for the first time since its installation. Thousands of parts such as bellows using sheepskin and reeds were all fixed. Organist Nobuko Itosu, who held a recital on the 26th using...

Governor Onaga warns Foreign Minister pushing through Henoko base will create trouble in the future

Governor Onaga warns Foreign Minister pushing through Henoko base will create trouble in the future

February 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with Governor Takeshi Onaga on the morning of February 26 at the prefectural government office.

The governor submitted to the foreign minister a request containing 10 items, including seeking relocation of the U.S. Futenma...

In third Kadena noise lawsuit, demand for flight injunction dismissed but 30.2 billion ordered in damages

In third Kadena noise lawsuit, demand for flight injunction dismissed but 30.2 billion ordered in damages

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
In the third Kadena noise lawsuit, in which 22,048 residents living near U.S. Kadena Air Station demanded an injunction against nighttime and early morning flights by U.S. military aircraft and damages for past and future harm they have incurred, the Okinawa branch...

1.5 trillion-yen benefit expected from return of Kadena

February 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 22, Professor Masaki Tomochi from the Department of Economics at Okinawa International University presented his trial calculations regarding the economic benefit to Okinawa if the U.S. military’s Kadena Air Base is returned. According to his calculations,...

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