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Effort to add Ryukyu cuisine and Awamori to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list picks up steam as official statement is adopted at rally in Naha

Effort to add Ryukyu cuisine and Awamori to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list picks up steam as official statement is adopted at rally in Naha

October 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The committee to promote the adding of Ryukyu cuisine and Awamori to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list (chaired by Masaaki Yasuda) held a rally for Okinawans at Tenbusu Naha on October 5.

The vice-chair of the committee, Tokyo University of Agriculture emeritus professor Takeo Koizumi gave the keynote speech on, “the uniqueness of Ryukyu cuisine and black koji mold Awamori,” and a statement was adopted to promote the two items to the...

 

Okinawa selected as top port of call at cruise forum, winning the award for the second time since 2017

Okinawa selected as top port of call at cruise forum, winning the award for the second time since 2017

September 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “2019 Asia Cruise Forum Jeju,” an annual forum meant to stimulate the Asian cruise market, took place from August 28-30 on Jeju Island, Korea, where Okinawa was selected as the top port of call in Asia. The number of ports, Okinawa’s nature and culture,...

Okinawa selected as top port of call at cruise forum, winning the award for the second time since 2017

Okinawa selected as top port of call at cruise forum, winning the award for the second time since 2017

September 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “2019 Asia Cruise Forum Jeju,” an annual forum meant to stimulate the Asian cruise market, took place from August 28-30 on Jeju Island, Korea, where Okinawa was selected as the top port of call in Asia.

The number of ports, Okinawa’s nature...

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau host meeting to discuss tourism issues, consider tightening regulations

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau host meeting to discuss tourism issues, consider tightening regulations

July 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB, Yoshiro Shimoji, president) held the first 2019 meeting of the “Okinawa-wide Tourism Association Conference” at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan in Tomigusuku July 5, which brings together the tourism associations...

Uncertainty in tourism: Airlines slash Korea-Okinawa flights as diplomatic rift deepens

August 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Nakamura

Top South Korean airline, Korean Air, announced major changes to its Japanese routes on August 20.

Beginning September 29, Incheon-Naha flights (currently offered daily) will be temporarily curtailed to four flights a week, departing...

Okinawan Mozuku, and edible seaweed, is struggling with poor harvests, leading to an increase in price and 6,000 ton decrease in production

Okinawan Mozuku, and edible seaweed, is struggling with poor harvests, leading to an increase in price and 6,000 ton decrease in production

July 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Erina Ishii

Due to a poor harvest of Okinawan mozuku in 2019, production totals have decreased by 6,000 tons from 2018 levels, and are expected to total around 15,000 tons.

It is believed to be caused by a combination of factors including climate...

Okinawa to host the world’s largest travel conference Tourism Expo Japan 2020, in October of 2020, will also host ministerial summit

Okinawa to host the world’s largest travel conference Tourism Expo Japan 2020, in October of 2020, will also host ministerial summit

June 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Looking to the upcoming “Tourism Expo Japan 2020,” (hosted by the expo’s executive committee) the world’s largest travel industry conference, which will be hosted in Okinawa in October of 2020, a venue coordination committee and hosting support team were...

“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...

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...