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Minami Daito Village to revive sugarcane train

September 22, 2013 Shogaku Umeda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Minami Daito Village Office plans to revive the train that until 1983 was used to transport sugarcane on Minami Daito Island.

The office hopes to increase the number of tourists visiting the island, which is located approximately 360 kilometers east of the main island of Okinawa. They will use state subsidies to start the project this fiscal year. The office is currently considering the extent of the route, the number of trains...

 

Mid-Autumn Feast from Ryukyu Dynasty revived

Mid-Autumn Feast from Ryukyu Dynasty revived

September 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 21 and 22, the Mid-Autumn Feast held during the Ryukyu Dynasty was held in the Una forecourt of Shurijo Castle Park in Naha. On the opening day, four masters of the traditional performing arts who have the status of Living National Treasure...

93-year-old woman calls for no more war

93-year-old woman calls for no more war

September 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a meeting entitled “Norihide Cafe” held in Adaniya, Kitanakagusuku, Toshie Asato, a 93-year-old survivor of the Battle of Okinawa called for there to be no more war. She lost her four-year-old son Norihide during the war. The women’s peace...

Naha Daiko performs eisa dance in Vietnam

Naha Daiko performs <em>eisa</em> dance in Vietnam

September 3, Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine members of the Naha Daiko, a drum group from Okinawa, performed their stirring dances at the “Hoi An – Japan Festival 2013” in Hoi An City in Vietnam on August 24 and 25.

After Naha City helped Hoi An to resolve waste-related issues, interaction...

Nago the “Home of Agu

Nago the “Home of <em>Agu</em>

September 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago City declared itself to be the “Home of Agu” on September 1. Through the years it has worked to save and promote the Okinawan native pig known as agu, which used to be threatened by extinction. A statue of an agu pig...

Children scream in “Haunted House”

Children scream in

August 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 18, the Obake (ghost) Night Museum was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. Eight ghosts, which were selected from about 1,000 evil spirit characters created for the museum by children, appeared in the haunted house set up in the museum. Many children...

Miyagi and Fukushima children come across tsunami debris on Ie-jima

Miyagi and Fukushima children come across tsunami debris on Ie-jima

August 13, 2013 Yukito Kinjo, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 8, a lifebuoy drifted from Miyagi Prefecture was found on the sandy beach in Ara, Ie-jima Island. Forty pupils from Fukushima and Miyagi elementary and junior high schools were surprised to see it. They visited the island...

Tonaki Island holds children’s annual water sports festival

Tonaki Island holds children's annual water sports festival

July 28, 2013 Nana Sasahara, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The 95th Tonaki Water Sports Day for Children was held recently at the Higashi no hama on Tonaki Island. Many children and residents, including 30 children and pupils from Tonaki School (kindergarten, elementary and junior high school)...

Ogimi Village to restore indigenous beans

Ogimi Village to restore indigenous beans

July 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shioya Soybeans Club, which is working to restore indigenous Okinawan soybeans such as oohigu and takaanda, held a meeting at the Shioya Community Hall on July 24. The club reported that crop yields reached a record high of six kilograms this...

Okinawa Bullfighting Federation to publish book commemorating 50th anniversary

Okinawa Bullfighting Federation to publish book commemorating 50th anniversary

July 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Bullfighting Federation held discussions at the Chubu Branch Office of the Ryukyu Shimpo on July 13 about publishing a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its establishment. Those present looked back on the famous fighting bulls and their best...

Residents to promote tourism focusing on Haneji Inland Sea

Residents to promote tourism focusing on Haneji Inland Sea

July 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Residents considered the potential of local tourism, including experience-based tourism focusing on the Haneji Inland Sea in Nago. On July 10, they listened to a lecture and took part in a sea-kayak tour. The Nago City Tourism Association organized the project. Many...

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