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Inaugural A-lunch Championship held in Okinawa City.

Inaugural A-lunch Championship held in Okinawa City.

November 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, at the Koza Sports Park in Okinawa City, “The First Koza A-lunch Competition” (hosted by Okinawa City Restaurant Business Association) was held to select the most popular “A-lunch,” a typical lunch menu in Okinawan restaurants. Eight restaurants located in and around Okinawa City put their best meal forward at a price of 500 yen, and a total of approximately 2,500 meals were served with many people lining up to try the meals.

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Bat causes outage for 2700 households in the Gushikawa area

November 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4 at 7:36pm, a bat came in contact with an electric wire in Nishihara, Uruma City, causing a temporary outage for up to 2700 households centered on the Gushikawa area of Uruma City. According to the Okinawa Electric Power Company (OEPC), the supply...

Ryukyu Dynasty Parade held in Kokusai Street as part of the Shurijo Castle Festival

Ryukyu Dynasty Parade held in Kokusai Street as part of the Shurijo Castle Festival

October 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of October 30, the third day of the Shurijo Castle Festival, a Royal Procession replicating a scene on a Ryukyu Dynasty picture scroll was held in Kokusai Street in Naha. The splendor and beauty of the parade fascinated local people and tourists...

Unexploded ordnance and human bones found at Kuniyoshi Ward in Itoman City

October 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

By October 24, a worker carrying out a magnetic survey in farmland in Kuniyoshi Ward in Itoman City as part of the nation’s broad-scale excavation project had found approximately 100 items of unexploded ordnance thought to be from the former Imperial Japanese...

Okinawa Bullfighting Federation decides upon a logo

Okinawa Bullfighting Federation decides upon a logo

October 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation (Chairman Masakazu Kochi) recently decided upon a logo. In a competition organized by the Federation and the Ryukyu Shimpo, a logo designed by 35 year-old company employee and resident of Nakagusuku Village Tomokazu...

Kimono Girls in the UK collect donations for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Kimono Girls in the UK collect donations for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake

October 24, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Six months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, but at concert venues in the United Kingdom, various groups and individuals are continuing to raise money. Noriko Uchima, from Okinawa City, has been actively involved in fund-raising as one of the...

PAC3 missiles transferred from Kadena to Futenma and Camp Courtney

PAC3 missiles transferred from Kadena to Futenma and Camp Courtney

October 25, 2011

Early in the morning of October 25, the United States Army moved its PAC3 (Patriot surface-to-air missile) and related vehicles, which had been deployed in the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station and Camp Courtney in Uruma City. The Okinawa...

Let’s greet each other with Haisai
Naha starts to encourage the use of Uchinaguchi

October 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 19, Mayor of Naha Takeshi Onaga announced that the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival was the stimulus behind the city making an effort to encourage people to give greetings in Uchinaguchi (Okinawan language) on formal occasions. At a regular...

World Solar Challenge 2011
Okinawan high school team finishes 13th in a solar car race across Australia

World Solar Challenge 2011<br> Okinawan high school team finishes 13th in a solar car race across Australia

October 24, 2011 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the final day of the 2011 World Solar Challenge – the world’s largest solar car race, about 3000 kilometers across Australia – Team Okinawa “Lequion” finished the race by crossing the finish-line in...

Wedding ceremony held at Zakimi Castle
Vows exchanged at a World Heritage Site

Wedding ceremony held at Zakimi Castle<br> Vows exchanged at a World Heritage Site

October 20, 2011 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 1, the wedding of Naha residents Naoyuki and Kae (née Takemura) Matsuda was held at Zakimi Castle, which is a World Heritage Site. The couple and their parents dressed in Ryukyu Dynasty traditional costume and together with Mitsuo...

40th anniversary coin of Okinawa’s reversion will be issued with a full-color Shuri Castle design

40th anniversary coin of Okinawa's reversion will be issued with a full-color Shuri Castle design

October 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Finance has announced the designs of the 1000 and 500-yen coins for Okinawa prefecture as commemorative coins to mark the 60th anniversary of the enforcement of the Local Autonomy Act. Both coins will mark next year’s 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s...