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Naha shopping district “welcomes coronavirus aid with welcome arms,” Mayor Shiroma says, “We need to exchange ideas and think of a way to rebuild”

Naha shopping district “welcomes coronavirus aid with welcome arms,” Mayor Shiroma says, “We need to exchange ideas and think of a way to rebuild”

January 21, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Naha mayor Kimiko Shiroma made a trip to the city’s main shopping district January 20 to observe the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the commercial hub. People who work in the area told her about the difficulties they have been facing, and they requested additional support measures be enacted. Mayor Shiroma said, “I want us to exchange ideas, and to think of a way to revitalize [the area].”

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Work begins on replacing the roofing tiles on Hoshimmon Gate at Shuri Castle, planned completion in March

Work begins on replacing the roofing tiles on Hoshimmon Gate at Shuri Castle, planned completion in March

January 19, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Shuri Castle Park, which had many of its buildings, including the main temple, burned down in October of 2019, began replacing the roof tiles on Hoshimmon Gate January 18. The undertaking will use 13,000 concave and convex tiles, and the plan is...

Video – Uruma City combines bullfighting and a coming-of-age ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic

Video – Uruma City combines bullfighting and a coming-of-age ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic

January 11, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Uruma City held its first coming-of-age ceremony at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome (bullfighting ring) on January 10, taking extra care to provide proper ventilation. As a special guest for the year of the Ox, an enormous 1,100 kg 10-year-old fighting...

“Leave no one behind.” The Yuima no kai volunteer group is operating a food drive in Makishi Park, and the number of visitors in need is growing, with 272 people coming in December

“Leave no one behind.” The Yuima no kai volunteer group is operating a food drive in Makishi Park, and the number of visitors in need is growing, with 272 people coming in December

January 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Naoki Isa

In order to support those who have fallen on hard times due to the coronavirus pandemic, the volunteer organization “Yuimaru no Kai” has been running a food drive twice per week at Makishi Park in Naha. Group representative Naomi Kadekaru,...

Whale watchers treated with the sight of a whale leisurely swimming through the winter ocean as Zamami re-opens whale watching tours

Whale watchers treated with the sight of a whale leisurely swimming through the winter ocean as Zamami re-opens whale watching tours

January 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hirokazu Otsubo

The Zamami Whale Watching Association (ZWWA) reopened the whale watching season December 27, launching their first tour on December 29. The postponed tours on the 28th due to poor weather. On December 22, there were reports a whale sighting...

Okinawa Labor Union provides food support over the three-day New Year’s holiday for those in economic need

Okinawa Labor Union provides food support over the three-day New Year’s holiday for those in economic need

January 3, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In order to support day laborers and those in need over the New Year holiday, the Okinawa – Shuri Day Laborer’s Union (Okinichiro) handed out food, hand warmers, and clothing at Yogi park in Naha from December 31 through January 2. Over those...

300 stories of the Ikema people from Miyakojima captured in publication released by Ikema Cultural Association

300 stories of the Ikema people from Miyakojima captured in publication released by Ikema Cultural Association

November 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyakojima – “That old man boasts of being the strongest on the island.” “That old woman has the most exquisite singing voice.” The Ikema Culture Association (Tetsuya Kawakami, president) has published Sumabitu Retsuden (tales of the townspeople), a...

After their farm was ravaged by swine fever, Kinna Farm launches a food truck to aid their rebuilding process, featuring the “Gochiso-sando,” made with local ingredients

After their farm was ravaged by swine fever, Kinna Farm launches a food truck to aid their rebuilding process, featuring the “Gochiso-sando,” made with local ingredients

November 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa City – Kina Farm in Ikehara, Okinawa City, which had to cull 3,012 pigs in January this year after being hit with classical swine fever (CSF), is undertaking a new challenge as part of their rebuilding process. With a goal of spreading awareness about...

With a fighting shout accompanied with Music, Bunshiro Nagamine leads “Radio Karate” at Yaesekotoshien School

With a fighting shout accompanied with Music, Bunshiro Nagamine leads “Radio Karate” at Yaesekotoshien School

November 13 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaese – Yaesekotoshien School spent their physical education class on November 4 learning “Radio Karate,” karate done set to accompanying music. The class was led by Bunshiro Nagamine, 43, a teacher at Tomari Elementary School in Naha.
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Silver grass rustles in the gentle autumn breeze throughout Okinawa

Silver grass rustles in the gentle autumn breeze throughout Okinawa

November 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

November 9 in Okinawa was an unusually chilly day, with a cool breeze that could be felt throughout the region. On Okinawa’s main island, the temperature dropped from 1-3 degrees Celsius below usual temperatures for this time of year, making the day feel more...

Damaged roof tiles from Shuri Castle used to make flower bed, providing new home to 300 flowers at Tsuboya Elementary School in Naha

Damaged roof tiles from Shuri Castle used to make flower bed, providing new home to 300 flowers at Tsuboya Elementary School in Naha

October 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hiroe Nakagawa

Flower beds made with the red roofing tiles called aka kawara from Shuri Castle, which was destroyed in a fire, have started blooming flowers such as marigold and bougainvillea in various colors, delighting the eyes of both children and...