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Orchid flowers attract visitors on Kinjo Dam Street in Naha

Orchid flowers  attract visitors on Kinjo Dam Street in Naha

September 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orchids growing on the trunks of trees called Kuroki or Unbarked Lumber are attracting pedestrians on Kinjo Dam Street in Naha. Members of the Kinjo Dam Street Group planted the seedlings of orchids around the trees. Currently, five or six orchids such as den-phal, cooktown, moth and cattleya have grown up the sides of both trees. Purple cooktown orchids are blooming just across the street from an animal clinic owned by Tetsu Nonaka, a former head of the...

 

Zamami Village: beaches are entirely smoke-free

Zamami Village: beaches are entirely smoke-free

October 6, 2014 Yoshikazu Miyazato, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 1, The Zamami Village Office started enforcing a regulation to clean and beautify the Kerama islands. The regulation aims at creating a clean and comfortable environment deserving of national park status. Locals and...

Mud of happiness for children in traditional Pantou event on Miyako Island

Mud of happiness for children in traditional <em>Pantou</em> event on Miyako Island

October 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A traditional Pantou event, which is designated a significant intangible folk cultural asset of the country, took place in Tairashimajiri district in Miyakojima City on October 3 and 4.

Visiting gods, pantou, dressed in muddy vines, smeared...

Chinese Goshawk birds visit Zamami Island

Chinese Goshawk  birds visit  Zamami Island

September 24, 2014 Hirokazu Otsubo, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Zamami Wild Bird Club members observed Chinese Goshawk birds from a lookout at Mount Takatsuki. The migratory birds, which herald the start of autumn, flew in the sky above the island.

On September 13, one day later...

President of major Okinawa Soba producer plans to make the noodle popular worldwide

President of major Okinawa Soba producer plans to make the noodle popular worldwide

September 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A lecture targeted at middle-aged to elderly people with an interest in Okinawa food history was held at Kitanakagusuku Ogusuku community center on September 25. Kenichi Dohi, the president of major Okinawa Soba maker Sun Foods Co., Ltd. and top adviser of...

Fund-raising campaign to save a boy suffering from cardiomyopathy

Fund-raising campaign to save a boy suffering from cardiomyopathy

September 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 23, supporters of a child who suffers from cardiomyopathy, launched a fundraising campaign at Carnival Park Mihama and Ion Store in Chatan. The first-grade student of Kuwae Junior High School Rai Matsushima could be saved by heart transplant surgery...

Long-living sisters to celebrate Kajimaya for the third time next month

Long-living sisters to celebrate <em>Kajimaya</em> for the third time next month

September 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three sisters, 106-year-old Nahe Shuri from Uruma City, 98-year-old Chiyo Moriya from Naha City, and 96-year-old Toyo Agarie from Yonashiro City will next month celebrate Kajimaya, an event that takes place in Okinawa when a person reaches their 97th...

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...

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...

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