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Events to mark the 50th anniversary of Iriomote cat’s discovery

Events to mark the 50th anniversary of Iriomote cat's discovery

April 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taketomi Municipal Office will hold events to mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Iriomote cat. The animal is a subspecies of the leopard and is only found on Iriomote Island, which is the largest of the Yaeyama Islands and the second largest island in Okinawa Prefecture. The cats have been designated a protected species by the national government.

On April 15, the municipal office set up an executive committee for the 50th anniversary to...

 

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in the Philippines in September

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in the Philippines in September

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 4th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival is to take place in Manila from September 10 to 15, 2015. It aims to help participants learn about the current situation in developing countries, including the problems of poverty and environmental degradation. The World...

Iriomote residents conduct night patrols to protect wild cat

Iriomote residents conduct night patrols to protect wild cat

March 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Save Iriomote wild cats from traffic accidents – five couples are involved in a project called the “Yamaneko Patrol,” on roads around Taketomi Town, Iriomote Island where many wild cats have been seen. Twenty-nine-year old Mirai Hirai who came...

Elephants return to Fukushima after spending winter in Okinawa

Elephants return to Fukushima after spending winter in Okinawa

March 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 17, two elephants that spent the winter season at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City went back to Fukushima.

A farewell party for them was held on March 15 at the zoo.

The two Asian elephants, Tonsai and Boonthong, came to Okinawa...

Villagers hold protest rally against US Osprey and F-35′s training on Ie Island

Villagers hold protest rally against US Osprey and F-35's training on Ie Island

March 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7, a protest rally against the expansion of U.S. military training at the Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield was held on Ie Island. U.S. Marine Corps plans to expand its MV-22 Osprey aircraft training program and begin F-35 fighter’s training. About 100 people...

Indian elephant Ryuka has first baby in Okinawa

Indian elephant Ryuka  has first baby in Okinawa

March 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of March 4, 14-year-old Indian elephant Ryuka gave birth to a baby girl weighing 100 kilograms at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum. This is the first elephant born in Okinawa and the 10th in Japan.

Ryuka started having contractions at 7:00 p.m. on...

Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village

Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village

March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The 33rd Higashi Village Azalea Festival has kicked off at the Higashi Sonmin no Mori Tsutsuji Park on March 1. Although the flowers have been slower to bloom than in previous years, with the most of the plants in the park only partly flowering, some were blooming...

Largest black marlin ever caught off Yomitan

Largest black marlin ever caught off Yomitan

February 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 26, the Yomitan Fishery Association landed a giant black marlin at Toya Fishing Port in Yomitan. This was caught using a fixed fishing net. It is the largest black marlin weighing 350 kilograms and 3.90 meter long to be caught since the port opened.

The...

International exchange through world home cuisine

International exchange through world home cuisine

February 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 8, The 18th World Food Festival was held to foster the international exchange at Nago Civil Hall. Participants enjoyed home cuisines from 11 countries, including Ghana, Hawaii, India, and Morocco, which took part in the event for the...

Coffee harvest tour in Higashi

Coffee harvest tour in Higashi

January 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, NPO Uyagi Okinawa held a three-day coffee harvest tour at a coffee farm in Arime, Higashi. Many coffee producers and coffee lovers from Okinawa and the main islands of Japan took part in the event. They harvested berries from coffee trees and tasted...

Flamingo found in Okinawa

Flamingo found in Okinawa

January 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Flamingos, which are not normally found in Okinawa, have been spotted on numerous occasions in the central southern part of the island since last December. There are no reports of birds escaping from any facilities in Okinawa. Bird lovers do not have an explanation...

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