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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 Village merged to form Okinawa City. In 1970, the total population of the two municipalities was 82,781(Koza City was 58,000 and Misato Village 24, 123).

On July 27, six newborn babies were registered...

 

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...

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

July 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 22nd Miyakufutsu speech contest was held on July 12 at Matida Municipal Theater in Miyakojima.
Seven men and women from 27-year-olds to 66-year-olds performed their speeches on stage in Miyakufutu, the dialect of Miyakojima. With many stories of humor,...

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

July 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 22nd Miyakufutsu speech contest was held on July 12 at Matida Municipal Theater in Miyakojima.
Seven men and women from 27-year-olds to 66-year-olds performed their speeches on stage in Miyakufutu, the dialect of Miyakojima. With many stories of humor,...

300 participants enjoy annual kite festival in Ishigaki

300 participants enjoy annual kite festival in Ishigaki

June 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, the Wakanatsu National Kite Festival in Ishigaki was held at the Intercontinental ANA Ishigaki Resort Maesato Golf Course for the first time in Okinawa. Three hundred kites, from all over Japan and in all different shapes and sizes, were displayed in...

Endangered birds fly on Oura Bay

Endangered birds fly on Oura Bay

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, roseate terns, black-naped terns and little tern birds listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species were sighted on Oura Bay in Nago. They were searching for fish.

It appears that roseate terns and black-naped terns breed on...

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...

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....

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