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Local karate dojos hold first training of the year against background of World Heritage Site Katsuren Castle Ruins

Local karate dojos hold first training of the year against background of World Heritage Site Katsuren Castle Ruins

January 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of Uechi-ryu Minamihara Shurei Kan (Director Atsushi Shimabukuro) and Ryukyu Kobudo Minamihara Shurei Kan (Director Tsuneo Shimabukuro) practiced their first training of 2017 on the morning of January 7 at Katsuren Castle Ruins, the World Heritage Site in Uruma City. Twenty-five disciples and students took part in the training and worked up a sweat, feeling the breath of Lord Amawari, who was the owner of the castle.

They performed and practiced...

 

Admirable love among indigenous beetles in the Takae Forest

Admirable love among indigenous beetles in the Takae Forest

December 30, 2016 Chie Tome of Ryukyu Shimpo

There is an insect that spends two years underground as larva and then comes out of the ground during an evening around Christmas in search of its soulmate. This romantic insect, the Tricholontha papagena, is a beetle endemic to the Amami and Okinawa...

Elephants from Fukushima spend winter in Okinawa where they can eat their favourite food, sugar cane

Elephants from Fukushima spend winter in Okinawa where they can eat their favourite food, sugar cane

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A welcome ceremony for two Asian elephants, Tonsai and Buntoon, from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima was held on December 17 at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. The elephants are staying in Okinawa to see out the winter. The curator of the zoo, Masaru Takada,...

Winter approaching in Okinawa as the temperature hits 15.7 C in Oku

Winter approaching in Okinawa as the temperature hits 15.7 C in Oku

November 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The temperature dropped in Okinawa as cold air covered the area on November 24, the same day the first snow for the season was observed in Tokyo. The air temperature dropped to lower than the previous day in all 28 temperature observation stations in the prefecture....

Rainbow in night sky drawing arch of happiness captured in Ishigaki

Rainbow in night sky drawing arch of happiness captured in Ishigaki

October 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The national Ishigaki Island astronomical observatory succeeded in capturing images of a rainbow that appeared in the moonlight at 7 p.m. on October 16. The astronomical observatory explained the occurrence as “a rare phenomenon that requires a dark night...

80 percent of Ishigaki Island’s coral reefs becoming bleached

80 percent of Ishigaki Island’s coral reefs becoming bleached

October 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 11, Ishigaki Island Coastal Leisure Safety Council examined the problem of bleached coral, using a small-sized drone in Yonehara Beach at the north shore of Ishigaki City. The survey revealed that 80 to 90 percent of coral filmed was bleached. Some...

Junior high school students clean up Okinawa battle site for preservation

Junior high school students clean up Okinawa battle site for preservation

September 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A non-profit organization called shizen taiken gakko (Nature Experience School) Okinawa branch in Yaese Town held a clean-up event at a battle site in Iriyuji-gama cave in Gushikami, Yaese Town, on August 21. Twenty-seven participants from Gushikami Junior...

Kumiodori performance at Shichigachi mura odori in Henoko

Kumiodori performance at Shichigachi mura odori in Henoko

August 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

For three days from the 16th to 19th of August, Shichigachi mura odori was held at Henoko Exchange Plaza in Henoko, Nago City. More than 100 residents performed traditional dances and gave thanks for fertility.
Shichigachi mura udui is held every three years...

80-year-old Shinzato keeping traditional homestretch fishing for 50 years

80-year-old Shinzato keeping traditional homestretch fishing for 50 years

August 25, 2016 Hideaki Yoneda correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

An eighty-year-old fisherman in Tokashiki Village has practiced skin-dive fishing on his home island for more than 50 years. His name is Takemitsu Shinzato, a member of the Tokashiki Fisheries Cooperative, and he is known as a master...

Rare butterfly spotted around planned site for US helipad in Takae

Rare butterfly spotted around planned site for US helipad in Takae

August 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu uranami janome, a butterfly species endemic to Okinawa prefecture and considered to be at risk of extinction, was found on the forest road next to the N1 zone gate to the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area on August 23. The area is a planned site...

Tosho Hayate defends his twelfth champion title at All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament

Tosho Hayate defends his twelfth champion title at All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament

August 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 14, the Seventh All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament was held at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City. The event decided the middleweight (less than 970 kilograms) and lightweight (less than 850 kilograms) champions of Okinawa’s fighting...

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