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Okinawa sends out the call for Karate practitioners worldwide as part of a new focus on martial arts tourism that has many expecting positive economic results

Okinawa sends out the call for Karate practitioners worldwide as part of a new focus on martial arts tourism that has many expecting positive economic results

 

August 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Taichi Hirayasu

 

“Martial Arts Tourism,” the new tourism initiative in Okinawa that hopes to attract Karate-ka from all over the world for things such as training, has been garnering a lot of attention.

There are reportedly upwards of 130 million Karate practitioners and fans globally, and Okinawa is hoping their call to the homeland of Karate will yield great economic results.

The prefecture has been pouring...

 

86% of Okinawan view tourism as important, but only 29% say it has made their lives better

86% of Okinawan view tourism as important, but only 29% say it has made their lives better

 

July 24, 2018 by Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Department of Culture, Tourism, and Sports announced the results of their Okinawan resident tourism awareness survey July 23.

This is the first time the department has conducted such a survey on Okinawan residents.

When...

Daiichi Koutsu high-speed ferry hopes to expand tourism to northern parts of island

Daiichi Koutsu high-speed ferry hopes to expand tourism to northern parts of island

 

July 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo Co. Ltd. is participating in a plan to run a high-speed ferry connecting Naha and Motobu Ports.

With the increase of rental cars used by tourists visiting Okinawa, congestion on the roads continue to worsen,...

International educational travel to Okinawa, highlighted by Japanese-style school lunches and cleaning time, increases to 1,565 students for 2017

International educational travel to Okinawa, highlighted by Japanese-style school lunches and cleaning time, increases to 1,565 students for 2017

 

July 1 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB), which promotes an initiative that invites students from abroad for educational travel, reported on June 30 that the number of students who came to Okinawa in 2017, as far as the OCVB know,...

OCVB to host committee aimed at adding Ryukyu cuisine and awamori to UNESCO’s list of intangible heritage list

OCVB to host committee aimed at adding Ryukyu cuisine and awamori to UNESCO’s list of intangible heritage list

 

April 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The...

Okinawa Prefecture envisions becoming a cruise hub as “The Caribbean of the East”

Okinawa Prefecture envisions becoming a cruise hub as “The Caribbean of the East”

 

March 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Prefecture announced “The Caribbean of the East Initiative,” March...

Queen at Sea stops by at Naha port for the third year in a row

Queen at Sea stops by at Naha port for the third year in a row

March 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Queen Elisabeth, an around-the-world cruise, anchored at the Wakasa port in Naha port the morning of March 13.

The cruise weighs 90,900 tons and accommodates 2,091 passengers. This is the third year in a row the cruise ship has visited the...

Japan and Taiwan agree to revised fishing regulations in area north of Yaeyama Islands for spring trial period

 

March 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

Representatives from Japan and Taiwan met at a joint committee on fisheries March 15-16 in Taipei to discuss regulations for 2018 including fishing rights in the area near the Senkaku Islands as part of the Japan-Taiwan...

Contest judging the awamori liquor that sleeps in households kicks off

Contest judging the awamori liquor that sleeps in households kicks off

February 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

A contest judging the awamori liquor that sleeps in Okinawan households kicked off at the Okinawa Regional Taxation Office in Naha February 27. The contest is evaluating 128 submissions collected through February 28 of awamori that has both been aging in a single...

Ishigaki Island is rising global tourist hot spot

Ishigaki Island is rising global tourist hot spot

January 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, selected Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, number one on its “2018 Top Destinations on the Rise” list announced January 13.

User reviews highlighted coastal landscape that features “picturesque scenery” that...

The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry expects to commercialize first-ever mineral extraction from the Okinawan seafloor

 

September 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) announced September 26 that for the first time ever, a large quantity of minerals, including valuable resources such as gold, were successfully extracted from an...