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How do I look? Elephant wears Chibana hanaori outfit

How do I look? Elephant wears <em>Chibana hanaori</em> outfit

December 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

For three days from November 29 to December 1, the Chibana Hanaori Business Cooperative held its fourth exhibition at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum Children’s Center in Okinawa City. At the opening ceremony on the 29th, an elephant appeared dressed in a special Chibana hanaori outfit. Those watching enjoyed the unveiling of the extra large garment.

The exhibition showcased about 50 kimono and obi with the woven fabric that the Japanese...

 

Okinawa experiences cold weather, 11.6 C recorded in Oku

Okinawa experiences cold weather, 11.6 C recorded in Oku

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 28, the islands of Japan experienced a typical winter atmospheric pressure pattern in which high pressure lies to the west and low pressure to the east. This brought cold weather to the Okinawa region. At 8:16 a.m. that day the temperature went down...

Last alumni reunion of Japanese elementary school in the Philippines

Last alumni reunion of Japanese elementary school in the Philippines

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Calinan Elementary School for the children of Japanese immigrants in the Philippines brought an end to 41 years of reunions on November 22. Until it was closed because of the war the school was located in the Davao region of Mindanao in the southern Philippines,...

Uma-harashi horse racing held in Okinawa Zoo & Museum

<em>Uma-harashi</em> horse racing held in Okinawa Zoo & Museum

December 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan traditional horse racing, known locally as uma-harashi, was held at the Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni, Zoo & Museum in Okinawa City on December 1. Participants competed on the beauty of their running style and the accuracy of their rhythm. A total...

Tanadui Festival for a good harvest held on Taketomi

<em>Tanadui</em> Festival for a good harvest held on Taketomi

November 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 20, the Tanadui Festival, which dates back over 600 years and has been designated as an important intangible cultural heritage by the Japanese government, was held at the Yumuchi utaki (or sacred place) on Taketomi Island. Many tourists...

Blue frog found in the northern mountains a sign of a happy future?

Blue frog found in the northern mountains a sign of a happy future?

November 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Could this blue frog be related to the blue bird of happiness? Akira Oyama, an eco-tour guide of the Ogimi Marugoto Tourism Association, found a blue Okinawan tree frog (Rhacophorus viridis) in the mountains of the northern area of the main island on November...

Sandwich Sharp wins Koza A-lunch Competition

Sandwich Sharp wins Koza A-lunch Competition

November 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The third Koza A-lunch Competition was held on November 9 and 10 at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum...

Migratory birds at pond at Tomigusuku

Migratory birds at pond at Tomigusuku

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The migration of birds is gathering momentum with birds gathering at waterways around Okinawa....

Longevity Beauty Queens chosen in Kitanakagusuku

Longevity Beauty Queens chosen in Kitanakagusuku

October 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three aged women were chosen as Kitanakagusuku Longevity Beauty Queens 2014 in the village welfare festival on October 26. This event aims to let people know that the village has the longest female lifespan in Japan. Ninety-five-year-old Hatsu Higa, 94-year-old...

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomes 30 millionth visitor

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomes 30 millionth visitor

October 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomed Naohiro Tashiro as its 30 millionth visitor. Visiting the aquarium for the first time with his girlfriend Chisato Mizuta from Tokyo, he received a commemorative certificate and gift from curator Hirokazu Miyahara....

200 people celebrated a kajimaya couple

200 people celebrated a <em>kajimaya</em> couple

October 17, 2013 Hiroyuki Horikomi,correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

A kajimaya (97-year-old) celebration for Masao and Haru Sakuda from the Yonashiro district of Uruma was held at the local community hall on October 13. More than 200 relatives and neighbors celebrated with them. To...

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