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Plaque bearing Mr Weizsäcker’s peace message unveiled at Meio University

Plaque bearing Mr Weizsäcker's peace message unveiled at Meio University

June 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Meio University has set up a commemorative plaque honoring late Richard von Weizsäcker’s peace message beside a Hikanzakura cherry tree he previously planted at the campus in Nago.

Weizsäcker, the first President of Germany after unification, was invited to speak at an event to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the university’s establishment in April 1999. He gave a lecture on the theme of the future of Okinawa, and planted a Hikanzakura...

 

Glowing mushrooms in the forest of Yamabaru during rainy season

Glowing mushrooms in the forest of Yamabaru during rainy season

June 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the forest of Yambaru, Mycena lux-coeli mushrooms (Shii no tomoshibi-dake) light up during the rainy season. Toru Hosonuma, a resident of Motobu, took photos of the mushrooms near the Nago Youth Center in Nago-dake, Nago. About 40 glowing mushrooms, which are...

Blue-tailed bee-eater spotted in Naha

Blue-tailed bee-eater spotted in Naha

May 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A blue-tailed bee-eater that breeds in Southeast Asia has been spotted at a park in Naha. The sighting was made by bird watcher Akira Nakamura on April 26. According to Kenji Takehara, a member of the Okinawa Wild Bird Research group, it is the first confirmed sighting...

Tontonme mudskippers falling in love

Tontonme mudskippers falling in love

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, at a tidal wetland of Sashiki-fusozaki in Nanjo, Tontonme mudskippers’ breeding season started, and courtship behavior was observed.

Male mudskippers were demonstrating their beautiful back fins to attract the attention of females. Male mudskippers...

Sea turtle appears on the day Unjami festival honors the sea gods 

Sea turtle appears on the day Unjami festival honors the sea gods 

April 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning of April 21 (March 3 in the old lunar calendar), a sea turtle showed up at Sumuide beach, Yagaji Island near Nago. The turtle laid eggs and went back to the sea in a few minutes. This was on the day of Unjami festival which honors the sea gods....

Events to mark the 50th anniversary of Iriomote cat’s discovery

Events to mark the 50th anniversary of Iriomote cat's discovery

April 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taketomi Municipal Office will hold events to mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Iriomote cat. The animal is a subspecies of the leopard and is only found on Iriomote Island, which is the largest of the Yaeyama Islands and the second largest island...

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in the Philippines in September

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in the Philippines in September

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 4th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival is to take place in Manila from September 10 to 15, 2015. It aims to help participants learn about the current situation in developing countries, including the problems of poverty and environmental degradation. The World...

Iriomote residents conduct night patrols to protect wild cat

Iriomote residents conduct night patrols to protect wild cat

March 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Save Iriomote wild cats from traffic accidents – five couples are involved in a project called the “Yamaneko Patrol,” on roads around Taketomi Town, Iriomote Island where many wild cats have been seen. Twenty-nine-year old Mirai Hirai who came...

Elephants return to Fukushima after spending winter in Okinawa

Elephants return to Fukushima after spending winter in Okinawa

March 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 17, two elephants that spent the winter season at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City went back to Fukushima.

A farewell party for them was held on March 15 at the zoo.

The two Asian elephants, Tonsai and Boonthong, came to Okinawa...

Villagers hold protest rally against US Osprey and F-35′s training on Ie Island

Villagers hold protest rally against US Osprey and F-35's training on Ie Island

March 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7, a protest rally against the expansion of U.S. military training at the Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield was held on Ie Island. U.S. Marine Corps plans to expand its MV-22 Osprey aircraft training program and begin F-35 fighter’s training. About 100 people...

Indian elephant Ryuka has first baby in Okinawa

Indian elephant Ryuka  has first baby in Okinawa

March 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of March 4, 14-year-old Indian elephant Ryuka gave birth to a baby girl weighing 100 kilograms at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum. This is the first elephant born in Okinawa and the 10th in Japan.

Ryuka started having contractions at 7:00 p.m. on...

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