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Royal Poinciana blooming in Naha

Royal Poinciana blooming in Naha

September 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pedestrians are enjoying the blooming bright-red Royal Poinciana in Yosemiya, Naha. The Royal Poinciana is from Madagascar and belongs to the bean family. It blooms between June and October. This tree is called Houo Boku in Japan, named after the Chinese Phoenix because the flowers swinging in the wind look like a flying Chinese Phoenix.

Kayoko Tamashiro, who lives in Yosemiya, said, “Every year, I am fascinated by the bright-red flowers. And the...

 

Tropical day in various areas of Okinawa

August 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The weather cleared up in the Okinawa region due to an anticyclone on August 24. However, it rained heavily in some areas because the state of the atmosphere was unstable. The temperature hit 33.7 degrees in Yonaguni island. It was a tropical day in the Okinawa...

Music Village opens in Okinawa City

Music Village opens in Okinawa City

August 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12, the opening ceremony for music resource center Music Village was held at Ichibangai in Okinawa City. The Music Village exhibits photographs, sound sources, and films of Okinawa folk songs, jazz, rock, and other music.

The Music village is...

80 millionth visitor at the Ocean Expo Park receives commemorating certificate

80 millionth visitor at the Ocean Expo Park receives commemorating certificate

August 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 4, the Ocean Expo Park in Motobu welcomed its 80 millionth visitor since it opened 38 years ago. It held a ceremony to honor Haruka Yatou, the 9-year-old lucky girl who came from Aichi Prefecture with her family members. She received a commemorating certificate...

All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament attracts 2,500 spectators

All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament attracts 2,500 spectators

August 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, the All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Summer Tournament was held, sponsored jointly by the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and the RyukyuShimpo Co., at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City. About 20 young and veteran bulls gathered...

Smaller summer bonus of suku fish this year

Smaller summer bonus of suku fish this year

August 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, which is July 1 in the lunar calendar, on Ojima Island, Tamagusuku, Nanjo, fisherman brought in their annual bonus catch of young rabbitfish, called suku in Okinawan language.They returned from the sea in the early morning, carrying baskets filled with...

Traditional wooden sailboat Maransen revived on Henza Island

Traditional wooden sailboat <em>Maransen</em> revived on Henza Island

August 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A wooden sailboat called Maransen was restored for the first time following the Battle of Okinawa. The sailboat was presented to residents at Henza public hall in Uruma City on July 31. A presentation ceremony was not held due to the effect of typhoon No....

10,000 Eisa Dance Parade in Naha

10,000 <em>Eisa</em> Dance Parade in Naha

August 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten Thousand Eisa Dance Parade was held in the 20th Summer Festival on Kokusai Street in Naha. With great vigour and energy, the participants performed Okinawan traditional performing arts such as eisa dance and creative dance on the road. The crowd of...

94 year-old Yamashiro from Ie is still an active farmer

94 year-old Yamashiro from Ie is still an active farmer

July 31, 2014 Yukito Kinjo Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On a severely hot day at a field in Nishieue, Ie Village, an elderly person works silently to plant shima rakkyo. Yoshio Yamashiro from Nishieue is 94 years old, born in 1920. He has weak hearing, but he is robust with a...

Odd-behaving animals at Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Odd-behaving animals at Okinawa Zoo and Museum

July 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the Ice Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. Staff members fed ice cubes containing horsemeat, apples, and carrots to animals. Many visitors, including children and their parents, enjoyed watching animals’ rare, odd behavior....

Designer Ishibashi working to promote Okinawan traditional Uji-dyeing

Designer Ishibashi working to promote Okinawan traditional <em>Uji</em>-dyeing

July 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an effort to promote the fascinating art of Uji (sugarcane)-dyeing nationwide, Yumiko Ishibashi, a designer and tailor living in Kyoto, has been creating a line of products. At-tracted to Uji-dyeing, which is a signature fabric-dying style of...

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