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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 as to why the bird is in Okinawa.

The bird is confirmed to have been in Okinawa City this year, and was also seen in the central southern part of the island last December.

A flamingo...

 

Parantica sita flies 1350 kilometers across the ocean to Okinawa

Parantica sita flies 1350 kilometers across the ocean to Okinawa

January 7, 2015 Ryota Nakamura of Ryukyu Shimpo

Last November, Yoshiharu Miyagi, administrative director of non-profit organization Yanbarusha, which promotes the connection of Yanbaru’s nature and people, found a Parantica sita, a butterfly from Ishikawa Prefecture. The butterfly had flown...

Villagers pray to newborn sun at ruins of Nakagusuku Castle

Villagers pray to newborn sun at ruins of Nakagusuku Castle

December 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning on December 21, people gathered to worship the rising sun of the winter solstice at the ruins of Nakagusuku Castle. Many villagers from Nakagusuku and Kitanakagusuku took part in the ceremony to pray for good health and development of the...

Yokota wins Miss Onna Nabi crown

Yokota wins Miss <em>Onna Nabi</em> crown

December 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 21 at Onna Village Community Experience and Learning Center, the new “Miss Onna Nabi,” a role designed for the promotion of tourism in Onna Village, was held. Twenty-nine year-old Ayaka Yokota won the Grand Prix and 33-year-old...

Higashi Mayor to block US helipad construction vehicles from passing through village

December 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Higashi Village Mayor Seikyu Iju said at the village assembly, “I have strongly requested that Okinawa Defense Bureau not let its construction trucks go through the village. I will block them physically.” The defense bureau plans to...

Humpback whale appears in waters near Zamami Island

Humpback whale appears in waters near Zamami Island

December 24, 2014 Hirokazu Otsubo correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, a humpback whale was sighted swimming in waters about 6 km northwest of Zamami Island. While the whale swam slowly, it occasionally slammed the surface of the water with its tail fin and splashed the water.

At...

75-year-old Okinawan woman attains a Karate black belt

75-year-old Okinawan woman attains a Karate black belt

December 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

75-year-old Tsuneko Machida from Uechi Style Ageda Women’s Karate School in Adaniya, Kitanakagusuku Village passed a level four test. Tsuneko joined the Karate School when she was 63 years old. For 12 years, she regularly attended practices on Wednesdays...

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,...

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...

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