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Sakura the Hokkaido horse performed solidly at Ryukyuan horse racing

Sakura the Hokkaido horse performed solidly at Ryukyuan horse racing

 

February 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

N’maharashi, the Ryukyuan traditional horse racing in which horses compete in beauty, speed, and running-rhythm categories, was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in Goya, Okinawa city on February 11.

Twenty-six horses from all over Okinawa including neighboring islands performed at the event, entertaining the audiences with its rare running techniques and beautiful decorations.

 

It featured the first...

 

Purple Ipe as a symbol of appreciation

Purple Ipe as a symbol of appreciation

 

February 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In hopes of sending them as a token of his appreciation to those who have supported the cultural exchange, Okinawa Brazil Network Amigo Association President Akihiro Yonashiro, age 74, has been growing more than 200 pots of Ipe, or...

Yuntanza-hanaui incorporated in university academic regalia for first OIST graduation ceremony

Yuntanza-hanaui incorporated in university academic regalia for first OIST graduation ceremony

 

February 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 24, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) will hold its first graduation ceremony since it opened in 2014. OIST has recently collaborated with the Yuntanza-hanaui Industry Cooperative...

Humpback whale family enjoys swiming in harbor in Tokashiki

Humpback whale family enjoys swiming in harbor in Tokashiki

February 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

As whale watching season reaches its peak, a family of humback whales was found swimming in the harbor near Tokashiki island for about four hours from 10:00 a.m. on February 14.

The family of whales was seen around Gusukujima and the Tokashiki...

Newly selected sixth-generation Hokuzan king and queen promote Nakijin

Newly selected sixth-generation Hokuzan king and queen promote Nakijin

 

February 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A thirty-eight year-old Genki Taguchi and twenty-five year-old Nozomi Uema have been chosen to be the sixth-generation Hokuzan king and queen, who will promote Nakijin village.

The unveiling ceremony for the king and queen was...

Idol of the Okinawa Zoo, first Okinawa-born elephant dies

Idol of the Okinawa Zoo, first Okinawa-born elephant dies

 

January 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A female Indian elephant named Rubi raised at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in Okinawa died on January 22. She lived for two years and ten months. Her appetite and health condition had declined a few days before her passing. The Okinawa...

Music of hope: Uganda children’s choir group gets together with Uruma City children

Music of hope: Uganda children’s choir group gets together with Uruma City children

January 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 16, a get-together was held between the Watoto Children’s Choir and children from Uruma City at the Akamichi Community Center.

The Watoto Children’s Choir is a choir group from Uganda, Africa that cares for orphaned children and women that...

GGB performance group debuts with 102-year-old member

GGB performance group debuts with 102-year-old member

 

December 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

A performance group named GGB (Gushikawa Koseien Gichan & Bachan), made their debut at the Uruma City Office December 6.

The group, which has an average age of 80, was launched with members at the Gushikawa...

Popular elephant in Chiba moves to Okinawa Zoo for breeding program

Popular elephant in Chiba moves to Okinawa Zoo for breeding program

 

November 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A popular Asian elephant named Yumeka at the Ichihara Elephant Kingdom in Chiba Prefecture came to the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in Okinawa City to take part in a breeding program on November 12. The ten-year old female elephant will...

Farewell Ringo, a female lion finishes her life at 18 years of age

Farewell Ringo, a female lion finishes her life at 18 years of age

 

October 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A female lion named Ringo, who was raised at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum, died at 10:40am on October 16.

She died of natural causes at the age of 18 and two months. In general, lions in captivity usually live for about 15 years.

The...

Fukushima foster parents of “Miracle Hydrangea” visit Okinawa foster parent

Fukushima foster parents of “Miracle Hydrangea” visit Okinawa foster parent

 

October 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 27, foster parents of the “Miracle Hydrangea” had a get-together in Kitanakagusuku Village in Okinawa.

The “Miracle Hygrangea” was found at the bottom of the Fujinuma Lake in Naganuma, Sukagawa City in Fukushima...