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Whooper swan resting in Ogimi

Whooper swan resting in Ogimi

December 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 30, a whooper swan was observed for the first time in Ogimi resting at Taiho dam.

Whooper swans come to Japan as winter birds, and they are often observed in Hokkaido and Tohoku regions. It is rare to find them in Okinawa. Masakuni Yamashiro, a chair of Okinawa Wild Bird Society said, “Whooper swans visited Nago before, but it is first time to find them in Ogimi. I am worried about swans flying to Okinawa because they often have a hard...

 

Izaiho Exhibit to store memory of sacred ceremonies in Okinawa

<em>Izaiho</em> Exhibit to store memory of sacred ceremonies in Okinawa

December 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

From November 22 to 24 at Ganju Station Nanjo in Chinen Kudeken, the Nanjo City Tourism Association held a special exhibition “Kudaka Island Izaiho Exhibition – Hope and Appreciation woven by Kaminchu.” The exhibit presented...

Fukushima zoo’s elephants to move to Okinawa during winter

Fukushima zoo’s elephants to move to Okinawa during winter

November 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In December, two Asian elephants from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima are coming to Okinawa Zoo and Museum to spend the winter. On November 18, Okinawa City Mayor Sachio Kuwae and the president of Tohoku Safari Park Nobushige Kumakubo signed an agreement on the...

Various languages at JICA International Festival

Various languages at JICA International Festival

November 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 8 and 9, Japan International Cooperation Agency Okinawa International Center (JICA Okinawa) held an International Exchange Festival 2014 in Urasoe. JICA interns from 65 different countries took part in the event. Forty-four International exchange...

Light rain amid rain-making rituals on Kohama Island

Light rain amid rain-making rituals on Kohama Island

November 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Amid a water shortage in the Yaeyama region, which has been experiencing low rainfall, rain-making rituals were held for the first time in about 25 years on Kohama Island. When seven Kantsukasa (woman priests) started to sing a song calling for rain,...

Giant moray caught near Ie Island

Giant moray caught near Ie Island

October 22, 2014 Yukito Kinjo, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 18, Matsuo Tamaki and Koki Kinjo caught a 1.65-meter and 16-kilogram giant moray near Ie Island. They were surprised to see it when they pulled it out of water. On that day, they were aiming to catch red-spotted rockcod,...

Orchid flowers attract visitors on Kinjo Dam Street in Naha

Orchid flowers  attract visitors on Kinjo Dam Street in Naha

September 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orchids growing on the trunks of trees called Kuroki or Unbarked Lumber are attracting pedestrians on Kinjo Dam Street in Naha. Members of the Kinjo Dam Street Group planted the seedlings of orchids around the trees. Currently, five or six orchids such as den-phal,...

Zamami Village: beaches are entirely smoke-free

Zamami Village: beaches are entirely smoke-free

October 6, 2014 Yoshikazu Miyazato, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 1, The Zamami Village Office started enforcing a regulation to clean and beautify the Kerama islands. The regulation aims at creating a clean and comfortable environment deserving of national park status. Locals and...

Mud of happiness for children in traditional Pantou event on Miyako Island

Mud of happiness for children in traditional <em>Pantou</em> event on Miyako Island

October 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A traditional Pantou event, which is designated a significant intangible folk cultural asset of the country, took place in Tairashimajiri district in Miyakojima City on October 3 and 4.

Visiting gods, pantou, dressed in muddy vines, smeared...

Chinese Goshawk birds visit Zamami Island

Chinese Goshawk  birds visit  Zamami Island

September 24, 2014 Hirokazu Otsubo, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Zamami Wild Bird Club members observed Chinese Goshawk birds from a lookout at Mount Takatsuki. The migratory birds, which herald the start of autumn, flew in the sky above the island.

On September 13, one day later...

President of major Okinawa Soba producer plans to make the noodle popular worldwide

President of major Okinawa Soba producer plans to make the noodle popular worldwide

September 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A lecture targeted at middle-aged to elderly people with an interest in Okinawa food history was held at Kitanakagusuku Ogusuku community center on September 25. Kenichi Dohi, the president of major Okinawa Soba maker Sun Foods Co., Ltd. and top adviser of...

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