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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 and gift, including a stuffed whale shark that she said was her favorite. She said, “I was really surprised, but I am very happy.”

Souji Katayama, the director of the Okinawa Commemorative...

 

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...

Okinawan farmer taking on the challenge to grow apples in the prefecture

Okinawan farmer taking on the challenge to grow apples in the prefecture

July 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Morinobu Tobaru has been trying to cultivate apples in the Nodake district of Ginowan City. He succeeded in cultivating shinanosuit, a type of apple.

The fruit is blue-green, not like red apples. Tobaru said, “It tastes as sweet as regular apples.”...

Trainees from the Philippines help elderly rice farmers in Tokashiki

Trainees from the Philippines help elderly rice farmers in Tokashiki

July 3, 2014 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 29 in Tokashiki Village, rice harvesting began. Rice farmers have been busy gathering golden-colored paddy rice such as Milky Queen and Hitomebore. As farmers face a labor shortage due to the ageing population, three agriculture...

Seal in the sea off Tokashiki Island found dead

June 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A seal that appeared in the sea near Tokashiki Island on June 24 was found dead in a puddle of water between rocks in the southernmost part of the island on June 28. The body was moved to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu to examine the cause of death by autopsy...

Seal appears in the sea of Tokashiki Island

Seal appears in the sea of Tokashiki Island

June 25, 2014 Hideaki Yoneda correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, a seal originating from the North Sea was confirmed to be swimming in the sea near Tokashiki Island. At 8:30 a.m. on the same day, Kazuhiro Tamaki and Hayato Nakamura, members of the Tokashiki Fishery Association, found...

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