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Potential World Heritage Site Iriomote faces the risk of increased pollution and ecosystem destruction as more and more trash washes ashore

Potential World Heritage Site Iriomote faces the risk of increased pollution and ecosystem destruction as more and more trash washes ashore

 

October 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

 

Many years of large amounts of trash washing in from the ocean and accumulating in the mangrove swamps of Iriomote Island in Taketomi, a potential World Heritage Site, was having a clear effect on the mangrove and the surrounding environment.

This was made clear in a recent survey conducted by National Defense Academy Professor Emeritus Haruyuki Yamaguchi, who chairs the Okinawa Committee to Promote Policies...

 

What to do with Okinawa’s aging shopping arcade, Heiwadori

What to do with Okinawa’s aging shopping arcade, Heiwadori

October 3, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

An air of nostalgia permeates the Heiwadori shopping arcade in Naha.

The symbol of the area’s shopping district, for years the covered promenade has protected shoppers and the stores they patron from the hot summer sun and the sudden squalls particular...

Praying for prosperity in Yona, Kunigami, Unjami solemnly welcomes the gods

Praying for prosperity in Yona, Kunigami, Unjami solemnly welcomes the gods

 

September 24, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Kunigami – The Unjami festival, one of Japan’s Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, was held in Yona, Kunigami (Tadanobu Miyagi, Mayor), where there were prayers for bountiful harvest and good health. The...

The tradition of “Shinugu” in Ada drives away evil spirits and prays for bountiful harvests

The tradition of “Shinugu” in Ada drives away evil spirits and prays for bountiful harvests

August 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

 

Kunigami – The traditional ritual “Shinugu,” which has been performed in Ada, Kunigami for over 400 years continuously, and was selected as a nationally recognized significant intangible cultural asset, was performed...

Yoshimatsu Higa continues traditional cultivation and production of Ryukyu Dye into its 3rd generation

Yoshimatsu Higa continues traditional cultivation and production of Ryukyu Dye into its 3rd generation

 

August 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Hiroshi Uema

 

Motobu – Ryukyu-ai (Ryukyu indigo) is a plant that has been cultivated in Okinawa as the base material for unbeatable indigo dyes since ancient times.

The Higa Ryukyu-ai Factory (Yoshimatsu...

Symbol of burials in Yonashiroteruma, Uruma dismantled as cremation takes its place

Symbol of burials in Yonashiroteruma, Uruma dismantled as cremation takes its place

July 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Uruma – The demolition of a ganya, a structure used to store a gan prior to a burial, took place in Yonashiroteruma, Uruma on June 24. A gan is a portable shrine used to carry the coffin. In Okinawa, cremation has long since replaced burial as the norm, and as...

Two local protestors rushed to hospital while riot police clear Camp Schwab gate

Two local protestors rushed to hospital while riot police clear Camp Schwab gate

June 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of June 2, riot police removed protestors from Camp Schwab’s gate to allow the entrance of construction vehicles for the Futenma Air Station replacement facility in Henoko, Nago. As riot police removed protestors, one man and one woman were injured...

Kumejima’s Kumesen’s new awamori “Karate” to go on sale next month

Kumejima’s Kumesen’s new awamori “Karate” to go on sale next month

May 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The awamori brewery Kumejima’s Kumesen (CEO: Masaya Shimabukuro) announced the release of their new Ryukyu Awamori “Karate,” at the Okinawa Karate Hall in Tomigusuku on May 26. The label has the kanji for “Karate,” and is decorated with things such as a...

Okinawa’s Prefectural Bird and Prefectural Flower make a joint appearance in Kunigami

Okinawa’s Prefectural Bird and Prefectural Flower make a joint appearance in Kunigami

May 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kunigami – A Noguchigera (Okinawa woodpecker) bird, which is both an endangered species and designated as a national special natural treasure, was photographed drinking from a deigo flower in Kunigami by photographer Hiroaki Yamashiro of Haebaru on May 15. The Noguchigera...

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of The Art of Living Foundation, speaks of inner peace in Nagagusuku

April 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, 61, founder of The Art of Living...

Aya Arashiro, “Mother of Okinawa,” has been looking after local foreign exchange students for over 20 years

Aya Arashiro, “Mother of Okinawa,” has been looking after local foreign exchange students for over 20 years

March 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the graduation and completion ceremony at the National Institute of Technology, Okinawa College in Nago on March 18, Aya Arashiro, 70, who runs the dining bar “Aya” in Nago, watched over two foreign exchange students. Arashiro has been supporting foreign...

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