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Family of victims of “collective self-determination” pray for peace in Chibichiri-gama cave in Yomitan

Family of victims of “collective self-determination

April 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, in the dark of Chibichiri-gama cave at Hanza, Yomitan, where more than 80 villagers were driven to “mass suicide” (compulsory group suicide) on April 2, 1945, a memorial service was held by the Bereaved Family Association.

More than 30 bereaved family members and other mourners put their hands together to pray for the souls of the people who died 72 years ago in the cave. They also pledged for no more wars.

Norio Yonaha,...

 

Special award for Okinawan group performing Eisa dance for disaster-affected Tohoku

Special award for Okinawan group performing Eisa dance for disaster-affected Tohoku

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Tohoku Eisa Project” , which consists of people from Young Men’s Association of Kitanakagusuku village, received a special award from the Japan Seinendan Council. The Japan Seinen OB Prefectural Assembly Prize for Encouragement is a special award...

Cheers for cute white lion cub at Okinawa Zoo

Cheers for cute white lion cub at Okinawa Zoo

March 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 26, at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Goya, Okinawa City, a welcome ceremony for a male white lion cub from the Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima was held.

White lions are rare and can only be seen in eight zoos in the country. Many parents and children...

Whales bounce off the coast of Zamami Island

Whales bounce off the coast of Zamami Island

March 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hirokazu Otsubo

Three whales jumped out of the water in a spectacular display near Fukaji Island, Zamami Village.
The scene was captured by Yasushi Sakurai, 56, from a ship on the morning of March 9.

It was his seventh year visiting Zamami,...

Pipe organ at church in Chatan revives its timbre

Pipe organ at church in Chatan revives its timbre

February 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In January, a pipe organ in Chatan All Soul’s Church in Yoshihara was overhauled for the first time since its installation. Thousands of parts such as bellows using sheepskin and reeds were all fixed. Organist Nobuko Itosu, who held a recital on the 26th using...

Community missing Takae junior high school closing after 68 years

Community missing Takae junior high school closing after 68 years

February 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takae Junior High School in Higashi village held a closing ceremony to farewell the community after 68 years on February 4. Approximately 150 people including current students, alumni, and local residents gathered for the closing of the school. The Takae Junior...

US force ignores “Iejima aggregation” conducting training without warning

US force ignores “Iejima aggregation” conducting training without warning

January 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. air force conducted parachute drop training over the Tsuken Island training area in Uruma City around 11:00 a.m. on January 12. The training was done without any notification being given to Okinawa Prefecture or the city. Soldiers as well as supplies...

Optical undersea cable laid between neighboring islands for high-speed telecommunications

Optical undersea cable laid between neighboring islands for high-speed telecommunications

January 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimp

On January 10, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) held a ceremony at the OPG Hall and DiDiYonaguni Interchange Hall in Yonaguni to commemorate the completion of the remote island telecommunication infrastructure improvement project which connects Okinawa...

Local karate dojos hold first training of the year against background of World Heritage Site Katsuren Castle Ruins

Local karate dojos hold first training of the year against background of World Heritage Site Katsuren Castle Ruins

January 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of Uechi-ryu Minamihara Shurei Kan (Director Atsushi Shimabukuro) and Ryukyu Kobudo Minamihara Shurei Kan (Director Tsuneo Shimabukuro) practiced their first training of 2017 on the morning of January 7 at Katsuren Castle Ruins, the World Heritage Site...

Admirable love among indigenous beetles in the Takae Forest

Admirable love among indigenous beetles in the Takae Forest

December 30, 2016 Chie Tome of Ryukyu Shimpo

There is an insect that spends two years underground as larva and then comes out of the ground during an evening around Christmas in search of its soulmate. This romantic insect, the Tricholontha papagena, is a beetle endemic to the Amami and Okinawa...

Elephants from Fukushima spend winter in Okinawa where they can eat their favourite food, sugar cane

Elephants from Fukushima spend winter in Okinawa where they can eat their favourite food, sugar cane

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A welcome ceremony for two Asian elephants, Tonsai and Buntoon, from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima was held on December 17 at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. The elephants are staying in Okinawa to see out the winter. The curator of the zoo, Masaru Takada,...

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