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“Sleeping Awamori” from shuttered Miyako distillery gets reawakened as part of Naha bar’s Awamori project

“Sleeping Awamori” from shuttered Miyako distillery gets reawakened as part of Naha bar’s Awamori project

May 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Undistilled Awamori from the defunct Chiyoizumi Distillery in Miyako has once again entered the market, exciting those in the Awamori world.

As part of the “Liquor Pride Project” by Koji Higa, owner of Awamori Souko, an Awamori specialty bar in the Kume district of Naha, Awamori from the Chiyoizumi Distillery is once again being sold under the name “31/32.”

Higa says, “Through this project, I hope to share the profundity and greatness...

 

Okinawa attracts almost 10 million tourists to the region, including over 3 million from abroad, breaking their record for the 6th straight year

April 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki announced at a regular press conference April 26 that in financial year 2018 (which in Japan ran from April 2018 through March 2019), tourist visitors to the region increased 4.4% (419,000 people) from the previous year to a total of...

The “Second Aerial Gateway” to the Miyako region officially opens with the Miyako Shimojishima Airport Terminal

The “Second Aerial Gateway” to the Miyako region officially opens with the Miyako Shimojishima Airport Terminal

The “Second Aerial Gateway” to the Miyako region officially opens with the Miyako Shimojishima Airport Terminal

March 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyako – The Miyako Shimojishima Airport Terminal officially opened at 8:00 a.m. on March 30. With the opening, the “second aerial gateway”...

Wedding planners from India come to Okinawa looking to offer Indian-style resort wedding celebrations

Wedding planners from India come to Okinawa looking to offer Indian-style resort wedding celebrations

March 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Wedding planners from four bridal companies in India, where the demand for foreign resort weddings has been increasing, visited Okinawa to explore the possibilities of hosting events in Okinawa.

Resort weddings have become popular with the wealthy class of...

Miyakojima’s first ever international route to connect Shimoji-shima in Okinawa and Hong Kong, set to make three rounds trips per week, expected to carry 28,000 people per year

Miyakojima’s first ever international route to connect Shimoji-shima in Okinawa and Hong Kong, set to make three rounds trips per week, expected to carry 28,000 people per year

February 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hong Kong Express, a Hong Kong-based low cost carrier (LCC) announced February 21 that they would begin flying direct between the new Miyako Shimoji-shima international terminal in Miyakojima City, scheduled to open March 30, and Hong Kong three times per week...

Okinawa takes the top vacation destination for this year’s 10-day Golden Week, reservations coming in earlier than previous years

Okinawa takes the top vacation destination for this year’s 10-day Golden Week, reservations coming in earlier than previous years

February 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Travel giant H.I.S. announced their domestic travel reservation rankings for the 10-day-long 2019 Golden Week February 12.

“Okinawa Island” took the top spot, with “the Okinawa Archipelago,” which includes islands such as Miyako and...

MRO Japan begins servicing planes at Naha Airport, will work on 20 planes through March and plan to take orders from Asia

MRO Japan begins servicing planes at Naha Airport, will work on 20 planes through March and plan to take orders from Asia

January 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

MRO Japan, who operates the aircraft maintenance facility at Naha Airport, began their aircraft maintenance business January 7. On January 9, the company invited various media outlets to come and see the business in operation. They plan on receiving 20 planes...

Shimojishima Airport Management working with 10 airlines to establish passenger flight routes, expected to bring big economic boost

Shimojishima Airport Management working with 10 airlines to establish passenger flight routes, expected to bring big economic boost

December 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Shimojishima Airport Management Co., Ltd. (SAMCO, Kentaro Tomono, Representative Director) in Miyakojima, which is set to open a passenger terminal at Shimojishima Airport on March 30, 2019, is working with around ten airlines to establish new...

Awamori’s overseas development: Industry working together to expand exports, increase name recognition

December 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Taichi Hirayasu

 

A new plan is being put into action to increase the consumption of Ryukyu Awamori, which has seen a recent downward trend in consumption, by promoting exports.

In addition to the “Ryukyu Awamori Export Project,”...

Visitors coming to Okinawa from abroad for “Legal Weddings” increasing rapidly

Visitors coming to Okinawa from abroad for “Legal Weddings” increasing rapidly

November 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Ryota Nakamura

Couples that come to Okinawa from abroad to submit their wedding registration and receive their wedding certificates in civil ceremonies referred to as “legal weddings” continues to increase and is taking hold on the island. In 2017,...

Okinawa Wedding Committee hopes to develop the Chinese market with resort weddings, wedding albums, and special visas

Okinawa Wedding Committee hopes to develop the Chinese market with resort weddings, wedding albums, and special visas

October 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Resort Wedding Committee (Yoshiaki Ogawa, spokesperson), made up of representatives from wedding-industry companies, has been working to develop the Chinese market. The committee is looking to establish a “Resort Wedding Tourism” business model...