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Blue-tailed bee-eater spotted in Naha

Blue-tailed bee-eater spotted in Naha

May 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A blue-tailed bee-eater that breeds in Southeast Asia has been spotted at a park in Naha. The sighting was made by bird watcher Akira Nakamura on April 26. According to Kenji Takehara, a member of the Okinawa Wild Bird Research group, it is the first confirmed sighting of a blue-tailed bee-eater in Japan. A bird belonging to a different family of bee-eaters was found on Miyako Island in July, 1904, which until now was the only record of a bee-eater in Japan.

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Tontonme mudskippers falling in love

Tontonme mudskippers falling in love

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, at a tidal wetland of Sashiki-fusozaki in Nanjo, Tontonme mudskippers’ breeding season started, and courtship behavior was observed.

Male mudskippers were demonstrating their beautiful back fins to attract the attention of females. Male mudskippers...

Sea turtle appears on the day Unjami festival honors the sea gods 

Sea turtle appears on the day Unjami festival honors the sea gods 

April 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning of April 21 (March 3 in the old lunar calendar), a sea turtle showed up at Sumuide beach, Yagaji Island near Nago. The turtle laid eggs and went back to the sea in a few minutes. This was on the day of Unjami festival which honors the sea gods....

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...

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...

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