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1,000 Mangoes on one tree at Higa’s Farm in Nakijin!

1,000 Mangoes on one tree at Higa’s Farm in Nakijin!

July 3, 2017 by Takahiro Arashiro Ryukyu Shimpo

Nakijin – A single mango tree has yielded close to 1,000 mangoes at Mineo Higa’s (65) mango farm, “Orchard Higa” in Imadomari, Nakijin, creating a buzz throughout the region. The tree is around 29 years old. The branches of the mango tree are held up on splints, allowing it to be spread out low to the ground in a formation with a diameter exceeding 10 meters. As the tree had grown too large, a number of surrounding mango trees...

 

Professional Baseball Spring Training in Okinawa shatters economic records, bring in in 10.9 billion yen and 350,000 tourists

Professional Baseball Spring Training in Okinawa shatters economic records, bring in in 10.9 billion yen and 350,000 tourists

June 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryugin Research Institute (Naha, Okinawa, Toru Ikehata, CEO) announced the economic effect of the 2017 Okinawa Pro Baseball Spring Training June 15. In addition to the Nippon Series and League champion team holding their spring training in Okinawa, the Yomiuri...

Multilingual support for foreign tourists increases 9% to 7,145 cases according to 2016 contact center report

Multilingual support for foreign tourists increases 9% to 7,145 cases according to 2016 contact center report

May 25, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) released their 2016 report for the Multilingual Contact Center, which handles foreign visitors. The number of support cases for 2016 increased 8.7% from the previous year to 7,145. A large number of requests...

Orion Beer celebrates its 60th anniversary, looks to represent Okinawan industry in the global market

Orion Beer celebrates its 60th anniversary, looks to represent Okinawan industry in the global market

May 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orion Breweries, Ltd (Urasoe, Okinawa; Yoshio Kadekaru, President), widely known as Okinawa’s hometown beer, reached the 60th anniversary of its founding on May 18. 12 years after the conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa, at a time when the industrial infrastructure...

3 Okinawan liquor makers hold strategy meeting with foreign marketing specialists to develop the “Awamori Brand”

3 Okinawan liquor makers hold strategy meeting with foreign marketing specialists to develop the “Awamori Brand”

January 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The consulting company Blueship Okinawa (Naha, CEO Hiroumi Keimatsu) and with three Okinawan liquor makers held a press conference at the Chuko Distillery on January 7, announcing the development of a branding project with the goal of expanding “Ryukyu Awamori”...

Business leader says 2,000 people will be given opportunity to work in Henoko if hotels are built instead of US base

Business leader says 2,000 people will be given opportunity to work in Henoko if hotels are built instead of US base

February 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chokei Taira, the president of the Okinawa Convention & Visitors‘ Bureau (OCVB), delivered a lecture titled “Rethink about the future of Okinawa and the tourism industry” held on February 20 at Okinawa International University.

Taira...

OCVB holds Muslim recipe contest

OCVB holds Muslim recipe contest

February 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 29, Okinawa Prefectural Government and Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) held the final selection meeting for a Muslim recipe contest, created to attract visitors from Muslim countries, at Tiruru (Okinawa Gender Equality Center), Naha....

Hotel Hyakuna Garan Okinawa receives three global awards

Hotel Hyakuna Garan Okinawa receives three global awards

December 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Resort hotel Hyakuna Garan Okinawa in Nanjo has received global awards and raised its profile both in Japan and overseas. The hotel received the World Luxury Hotel Award, Hotel of the Year, and Luxury Travel Guide Award in the June to September period. Specialists...

Ryukyu dynasty-style added to list of Okinawa resort weddings

Ryukyu dynasty-style added to list of Okinawa resort weddings

November 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Companies from different industries have developed a Ryukyu dynasty-style wedding in a throne room as a new product for the Okinawa Resort Wedding Association. The firms showed the new product at the Bankoku Shinryokan resort, Nago on November 25.

Okinawan...

Gov. Onaga hosts event in Taiwan to promote Okinawa tourism

Gov. Onaga hosts event in Taiwan to promote Okinawa tourism

November 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Wu Li Jun reports from Taipei

On November 13, at the Regent Taipei in Taiwan, Governor Takeshi Onaga hosted an event, “Okinawa Night”, for Taiwanese business leaders and administrative officials who have contributed to Okinawa tourism.

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The number of tourists visiting Okinawa hits July record as Chinese nationals flock here

August 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of tourists visiting Okinawa in July increased 9.2 percent from the same month in 2014 to a record 714,000 visitors, according to data released by the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports on August 20. It was the first time the number of tourist...

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