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80,000 colorful tulips at Okinawa Expo Park

80,000 colorful tulips at Okinawa Expo Park

January 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 27, Okinawa’s historic cold weather eased away and a tulip fair started at the Tropical Dream Center in Okinawa Expo Park, Motobu. Visitors enjoyed about 80,000 tulips in 48 varieties.

Naoko Yashiki, who visited the park from Saitama with her family, said, “Okinawa is warm.” Her five-year-old daughter Shiori said with a smiling face, “Pink tulips are cute.”

Haruho Yagi, a staff member at the center, said, “We also want...

 

Recovered Kanmuriwashi eagle injured in traffic accident is released

Recovered Kanmuriwashi eagle injured in traffic accident is released

January 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
Ishigaki rangers’ office has set free a male Kanmuriwashi, or crested serpent eagle, that was injured in a traffic accident on the highway in Hoshino district, Ishigaki last October.

When a ranger found the eagle on the highway, its internal...

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

January 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2 and 3, a New Year’s Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. Along with her daughter Rubi, who was born in 2015, popular Indian elephant Ryuka appeared in public and performed kakizome, or the first...

Jesse Whitehead of New Zealand publishes photography book featuring Okinawan proverbs

Jesse Whitehead of New Zealand publishes photography book featuring Okinawan proverbs

January 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoshiki Nagahama

New Zealander Jesse Whitehead, 25, recently published a photography book depicting the people, nature, and culture of Okinawa as he experienced them during his three-year stay in Tomigusuku City, which ended in December. Captions for...

Squirrel monkeys in Ishigaki attract visitors wishing for a wonderful year

Squirrel monkeys in Ishigaki attract visitors wishing for a wonderful year

January 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pretty squirrel monkeys cheerfully played and jumped up on peoples’ shoulders on Ishigaki Island for the beginning of the year of the monkey. The 59 monkeys met the visitors at the Risuzaru no mori (squirrel monkeys’ forest), Yaima Village in Nakura, Ishigaki...

Whale watching tour starts

Whale watching tour starts

December 25, 2015 Hirokazu Otsubo Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 21, fishermen reported to the Zamami Whale Watching Association the appearance of two humpback whales. Association staff started looking from an observation point for signs of spray from a whale’s blowhole and successfully...

Fantastic tunnel of lights, New Year eve concert in Tomigusuku

Fantastic tunnel of lights, New Year eve concert in Tomigusuku

December 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tomigusuku Tourism Association started an event called the Illuminated Garden of Lights at Toyosaki Kaihin Park on December 12. The garden is illuminated from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The entrance fee for adults is 300 yen and it is free for junior high school students...

Bringing happiness? Stork observed in Nakijin

Bringing happiness? Stork observed in Nakijin

December 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A stork was observed in Nakijin village on December 14. The bird is known as a special national treasure. According to a 53-year-old manager of the Yagaji national game reserve, Yutaka Toguchi, it is not common to see the species on Okinawa Island although the...

JICA Okinawa holds Exchange Festival 2015

JICA Okinawa holds Exchange Festival 2015

November 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7 and 8, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held the Okinawa International Cooperation and Exchange Festival 2015 at the Okinawa International Center in Maeda, Urasoe. JICA’s interns, learning about technology from all over the world,...

Ishigaki commemorates 20th anniversary of sister-city relationship with Su’ao, Taiwan

Ishigaki commemorates 20th anniversary of sister-city relationship with Su'ao, Taiwan

November 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki City and Su’ao Township in Yilan, Taiwan celebrated 20 years of sister-city relationship this year. On November 6, at Ishigaki Shinei Park, there was an unveiling ceremony for an inscribed monument with the kanji, or Chinese character, “yui”,...

Kijoka elementary school children find swan goose

Kijoka elementary school children find swan goose

November 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A swan goose unexpectedly flew in and landed in Kijoka, Ogimi on November 13. The large swan-like goose is rarely seen in Japan.

Children at Kijoka Elementary School regularly conduct bird-watching activities, which the school has been doing for 27 years,...

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