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Fishery cooperative and companies create fund for protecting Mozuku seaweed in Kumejima

Fishery cooperative and companies create fund for protecting Mozuku seaweed in Kumejima

April 11, 2014 Tetsuya Nakajima correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

An agreement signing ceremony for a fund to protect Mozuku seaweed was held on April 2 at the town office on Kumejima Island. Kumejima Mayor Choko Taira, Seiji Tonaki, the president of the Kumejima Fishing Cooperative, Takayuki Kimura, the president of the seafood company, Takayo Muto, the executive director of Wakayama Citizens Co-op and Yoko Matsumoto, the vice president of Osaka Izumi Citizens Co-op took part in the ceremony....

 

Okinawa City to be an Eisa Hub

Okinawa City to be an <em>Eisa</em> Hub

April 2, 2014 Masahiko Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa City, which declares itself as the town of Eisa, has created a plan for the first dedicated hub building for the Okinawa traditional drum-dance. The location will be at the Goya intersection of the city. The building occupies about...

Okinawan flower lovers taking care of endangered “mustard-like” flower

Okinawan flower lovers taking care of endangered

March 27 2014 Mitsuo Kouchi, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Flower lovers in Nago City have been taking care of Kalanchoe integra. A Japanese endangered species list, the “Red Data Book”, designates the flower as an endangered species.

The flower has one-centimeter-long yellow flower...

Peaceful Candle Night held to pray for Great East Japan Earthquake restoration and peace

Peaceful Candle Night held to pray for Great East Japan Earthquake restoration and peace

March 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Misato Park in Okinawa City on March 23, Peaceful Candle Night was held to pray for the Great East Japan Earthquake restoration and peace.

Pupils and parents from city schools used 3,000 candles to light the park with a message.

This is the second...

Young people hold sanshin concert commemorating the work of Buten Onaha

Young people hold sanshin concert commemorating the work of Buten Onaha

March 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ishikawa Youth Association Buten-Kai held a sanshin concert at a plaza known as Buten-hiroba, in Uruma City on March 4.

Buten Onaha (1897-1969) was a dentist from Okinawa who worked as a producer and creator of comedy during the reconstruction period...

Japanese, Western, and Chinese dishes created of Okinawan goat

Japanese, Western, and Chinese dishes created of Okinawan goat

March 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Southern Beach Hotel and Resort in Itoman City on March 10, the Okinawa Prefectural Government held a sampling party of goat meat dishes to expand the market of locally grown goat meat. The government asked four chefs of the hotel to create 14 Japanese, Western,...

St. Patrick’s Day celebrated in Okinawa City

St. Patrick's Day celebrated in Okinawa City

March 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, at the Central Park Avenue in Okinawa City, local residents celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, the largest event in Ireland. About 120 people, wearing Ireland’s national color green costumes, marched on the street to Irish music played by a band....

Itoman tug-of-war wins grand prix in 18th Furusato Award

Itoman tug-of-war wins grand prix in 18th Furusato Award

March 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Itoman Ozunahiki (tug-of-war) has won the grand prix of the 18th Furusato Award presented by the Japan Center for Regional Development. This is the first time that an event in Okinawa has been selected as the grand prix winner for the Furusato Award. The award selection...

Carpet of pink cosmos waves in wind in Nago

Carpet of pink cosmos waves in wind in Nago

February 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fully bloomed pink cosmoses fill about 6.6 hectares of rice paddies in Kawakami, Nago. It is the season to enjoy blooming cosmoses. The area is called “Haneji Tabukkwa,” which means rich paddies. The local volunteer group in the community has started...

Whale swims with dolphins in sea off Ishigaki Island

Whale swims with dolphins in sea off Ishigaki Island

February 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, a humpback whale swam with dozens of dolphins in the sea off the western area of Ishigaki Island. Diving shop Ohana owner Yuki Fujii took photographs of them.

According to Fujii, about 10-meter long whale swam slowly and comfortably beside...

Jitchaku Lion Dance Preservation Society celebrates its 40th anniversary

Jitchaku Lion Dance Preservation Society celebrates its 40th anniversary

February 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Jitchaku Lion Dance Preservation Society celebrated its 40th anniversary at a community center in Urasoe City on February 23. This shishi-mai lion dance marked the 40th anniversary of it being designated as a National Important Intangible Folk-Cultural...

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