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The World’s most tremendous Great Tug of War in Naha

The World’s most tremendous Great Tug of War in Naha

October 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 45th the Naha Tug of War was held at Kumoji intersection of Route 58 in Naha on October 11. About 275,000 people took part in the event.

The rope used in the tug of war is 200 meters long and weighs about 43 tons, and is recorded in the Guinness World Records. People pulled the rope for 30 minutes, with the East side winning.

The East leads with 14 wins, 13 losses, and 15 draws against the West.

The Ufunn-nes-nei standard-bearer parade,...

 

Taketomi-Tsushima joint declaration on conserving endangered Wildcats

Taketomi-Tsushima joint declaration on conserving endangered Wildcats

October 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 8, Taketomi Town, Okinawa and Tsushima, Nagasaki announced,”Yamaneko Ai (love)! Land Joint Declaration” in an effort to promote the conservation of the Iriomote Yamaneko and Tsushima Yamaneko. The cats are the only endangered wildcat species...

Bridled tern flying from Iran found in Nago

October 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Yamashina Institute for Ornithology in Chiba Prefecture announced that a seabird found at the Kanucha Golf Course in Abu, Nago City was a Bridled Tern that had flown from Nakhiloo Island in Iran. The bird was found in October last year and died after it was...

Dogs learn from owner to take garbage out

Dogs learn from owner to take garbage out

September 9, 2015 Mifuyu Hattori Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroshi Miyazato, the head of Ura district in Kunigami, has two dogs, 7-year-old Butch and three-year-old Charo. They are always with their owner Miyazato and his wife, and love to help their owners with work on the farm.

On...

Yoga practice at ruins of Chinen Castle

Yoga practice at ruins of Chinen Castle

September 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 29, a Yoga event, “Yoga in Amamikiyo”, was held at the ruins of Chinen Castle in Nanjo. Participants stretched in a relaxed manner, while being healed by the sounds of birdsong, and a breeze that rustled the trees around the ruins.

This...

Henoko tug-of-war attracts 2500 people

Henoko tug-of-war attracts 2500 people

September 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 30 at the Henoko Ground in the Henoko district of Nago City, a traditional tug-of-war event was held. Participants in the Henoko tug-of-war were divided into two groups, east and west, and faced off twice. The East group won the competition, after winning...

Angama celebrates return of ancestral spirits on Ishigaki’s Unke

Angama celebrates return of ancestral spirits on Ishigaki's Unke

August 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 26, the first day of Okinawa’s Obon, called Unke in Ishigaki City, a traditional Yaeyama ceremony, Angama, was held throughout the community. Messengers from Guso (afterlife), Ushumai (an old man) and Nmii (an old woman) brought Fama (descendants)...

Three Ryukyu brown hawk owl babies found in Nago castle

Three Ryukyu brown hawk owl babies found in Nago castle

August 5, 2015 Mitsuo Kochi Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Three Ryukyu brown hawk owls born in a Nago Castle forest have taken off from their nest. The nest was submerged in the quiet and dark forest. People started to see baby owls from the beginning of July and heard them sing “chi-li-li-li”,...

Performers and audience come together to enjoy kachashi dance contest

Performers and audience come together to enjoy kachashi dance contest

August 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 27th Tobinsu Haninsu Kachashi Contest was held on August 9 at Ginowan Seaside Park in Ginowan.

Forty-nine individuals and 23 groups took part in the contest, with people of all ages participating, from children to the elderly. The performers and the...

Okinawa City’s population reaches 140,000 people

Okinawa City's population reaches 140,000 people

August 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa City (former Koza City) hung a banner on August 4 marking the milestone of the city’s population growing to 140,000.

The city is located near U.S. Kadena Air Base. In 1974, two years after Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Koza City and Misato...

Habu-hunter Makishi opens a photo exhibit

Habu-hunter Makishi opens a photo exhibit

July 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Master-hand at Habu hunting from Mihara Nago City, Yasuhiro Makishi has opened an exhibit at the Wansaka Oura Park displaying pictures of habu and other wildlife. The exhibition is called “Habu and Friends in the Forest: Photo Exhibit of Habu and Rare Creatures...