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Cyurabana creates and sells Okinawan tea in China

Cyurabana creates and sells Okinawan tea in China

June 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Cyurabana, a company based in Okinawa City that plans and markets products made using Okinawan natural materials, has started selling raffiane tea made with no additives, using only the benifuki variety of Okinawan tea leaves, at a cafe in China’s Sichuan Province in May. It has been also introduced on menus in the cafe as an Okinawan tea.

They plan to open a second store on June 10, and the company has been working hard to increase the number...

 

Ryukyuan dishes without pork appeals to Muslim tourists

Ryukyuan dishes without pork appeals to Muslim tourists

June 8, 2012 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

In order to attract foreign tourists from Islamic countries, collaborating with six hotels and restaurants in Okinawa, the Okinawa Tourist Service (OTS) drew up a project involving Ryukyuan dishes with Halal foods that Muslims are able to...

Aquaculture production of estuary cod worth 120 million yen

Aquaculture production of estuary cod worth 120 million yen

June 3, 2012 Maki Nagamine of Ryuyku Shimpo

Cultivation of estuary cod (mibai in the Okinawan dialect), a fish well known for its high-grade white flesh, has been steadily increasing. The production volume for fiscal 2010 exceeded 80 tons, the highest level to date, and the return...

Yonner Food offers cooking experience course as a new tourism plan

Yonner Food offers cooking experience course as a new tourism plan

May 27, 2012 Takumi Takimoto of Ryukyu Shimpo

Yonner Food, a cooking school in Naha, has set up a cooking experience course as a new type of tour in which participants buy the required ingredients at the Makishi Public Market in Naha and then make Ryukyuan cuisine at the cooking school. The...

International exports of Okinawan pork grow rapidly, and production of the agu brand increases 63 times

International exports of Okinawan pork grow rapidly, and production of the agu brand increases 63 times

May 22, 2012 Maki Nagamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

Exports of Okinawan pork are increasing. According to the Livestock Division of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), the annual amount of exports of Okinawan pork has increased threefold in...

Nanyo-doken establishes technology for soil cleanup with a view to use land previously occupied by U.S. bases

Nanyo-doken establishes technology for soil cleanup with a view to use land previously occupied by U.S. bases

May 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, in anticipation of the use of land after the return of U.S. military bases, Nanyo-doken announced that they have started an experiment involving the biotechnological treatment of soil tainted by heavy oil at a storage site of the company in Urasoe. Applying...

Production of brown sugar affected by poor sugar cane harvests

Production of brown sugar affected by poor sugar cane harvests

May 8, 2012 Fumitaki Jahana of Ryukyu Shimpo

2011 to 2012 was a lean season for sugar cane in Okinawa. The shortage of raw materials led to a decrease in production of chunks of Okinawan brown sugar, which in turn pushed the selling price up. The problem of short supply came after the over...

Brown sugar day

Brown sugar day

May 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 10, or Brown Sugar Day, the Okinawa Non-Centrifugal Sugar Countermeasure Conference held an event promoting the consumption and sale of chunks of Okinawan brown sugar in the plaza in front of Palette Kumoji. Organizations related to the event will run a campaign...

Popular Okinawa soba restaurant helps create a new pot noodle

Popular Okinawa soba restaurant helps create a new pot noodle

May 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 1, the Okinawa branch of FamilyMart launched a pot noodle called “Ryukyu soba overseen by Ishigufu.” The Okinawa soba restaurant Ishigufu and FamilyMart, Japan’s third largest convenience store chain, cooperated with Nissin Foods to develop...

Yoshimoto Kogyo suggests establishing a base for entertainment in Okinawa

April 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yoshimoto Kogyo, a well known Japanese entertainment company has suggested to the Japanese government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) that land previously occupied by U.S. bases should be used to promote Okinawa to the world as a creative hub for the...

Okinawan exports increase 43 times

Okinawan exports increase 43 times

March 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the airfreight container project instituted by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), which is designed to expand the market for Okinawan products, the volume of products carried by air in the 2011 fiscal year increased about 43 times on a monthly average...