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Nakijin Gusuku Manabu Kai makes canes out of mythical tree

<em>Nakijin Gusuku Manabu Kai</em> makes canes out of mythical tree

July 1, 2012 Takahiro Arashiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Nakijin Castle guide volunteer group, Nakijin Gusuku wo Manabu Kai have made 60 canes so seniors and disabled people can enjoy the tour of the castle ruins.

They collected wood of the Randia canthioides (dashicha or dashika in the Okinawan dialect) from the mountain area of the Yambaru and dried them out for two months.

On June 11, members gathered at Shutoku Sakihama’s...

 

Fourth-generation Okinawan descendant from Hawaii Branda Nomura meets her relatives in Yomitan

Fourth-generation Okinawan descendant from Hawaii Branda Nomura meets her relatives in Yomitan

June 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 13, 41 year-old high school teacher from Hawaii, Brenda Nomura, visited Okinawa on the high school student exchange program “Okinawa Prefectural Government Junior Study Tour,” which is run by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association and the Okinawa...

Anti-war landowner Zenyu Shimabukuro refuses to provide his land for U.S. military use

Anti-war landowner Zenyu Shimabukuro refuses to provide his land for U.S. military use

May 15, 2012 Kenta Masuda and Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Farmer and anti-war landowner Zenyu Shimabukuro, who owns land inside Kadena Air Base and Camp Shields, continues to refuse to provide that land for military use. He says, “A radish and a bomb may have a similar shape, but...

Former politicians and teachers gather at Cape Hedo to discuss the reversion movement

Former politicians and teachers gather at Cape Hedo to discuss the reversion movement

April 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 15, a discussion group consisting of former politicians and teachers involved in the reversion movement carried out their annual clean-up and repainting of the movement monument at Cape Hedo. Afterwards a meeting was held to discuss the fact that 40 years...

Oura Ward erects a monument to commemorate the Chile Tsunami

Oura Ward erects a monument to commemorate the Chile Tsunami

April 11, 2012

In order to commemorate the tsunami in Chile in 1960, Oura Ward in Nago set up a monument at Asagi-Mae Park. The Great East Japan Earthquake made 82 year-old Jun Higa think that it is important to pass down the experience of the Chile tsunami to future generations. A group of...

Hirokawa to operate facilities on Kumejima for 100 children from Fukushima

Hirokawa to operate facilities on Kumejima for 100 children from Fukushima

March 31, 2012 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A project called Okinawa Hope 21 that aims to accept children from Fukushima into a recreation center in Kumejima is about to commence. On March 30, a press conference to announce the project was held at Yamashiro, Kumejima on...

Okinawan Prefectural Forum discusses building “Futenma Park” on the site of Futenma Air Station for peaceful and disaster prevention purposes

Okinawan Prefectural Forum discusses building “Futenma Park” on the site of Futenma Air Station for peaceful and disaster prevention purposes

February 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 15 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan, hosted by the Prefectural Government and Ginowan City, the 8th Prefectural Forum was held to discuss the use of the land currently used by Futenma Air Station after it has been returned to local jurisdiction....

At Kitanakagusuku a green carpet of arsa seaweed expands ahead of the upcoming harvest season

At Kitanakagusuku a green carpet of <em>arsa</em> seaweed expands ahead of the upcoming harvest season

January 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Misaki in Kitanakagusuku, arsa or hitoegusa (Monostroma nitidum Wittrock) seaweed is extending its beautiful green carpet to the beach where seaweed farms are located. In February, it will be the full harvest season for the seaweed, now not...

Ginowan City Office to investigate poor reception of digital terrestrial broadcasts in the areas around U.S. Futenma Air Station

January 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From early February to late March, in the areas around U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the Ginowan City Office will carry out a general investigation of poor reception of digital terrestrial broadcasts due to interference caused by U.S. flight activities....

Sunflower festival begins in Kitanakagusuku.

Sunflower festival begins in Kitanakagusuku.

January 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 21, the 4th Sunflower Festival in Kitanakagusuku began in the fields of the Ogido and Adaniya districts behind Kitanakagusuku Junior High School. It is an annual event held during the sunflowers flowering season and it involves many local organizations...

Planting of rice begins on Ishigaki Island – the earliest in Japan

Planting of rice begins on Ishigaki Island - the earliest in Japan

January 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 15, the planting of rice commenced on Ishigaki Island, which is known as the top rice producing area in Okinawa. This is the earliest planting of rice anywhere in Japan. Atsushi Nakaarashiro a 75 year-old rice grower who produces koshihikari...