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Miyakojima’s place of power “Pumpkin Hole” is being destroyed by increase of tourists, cave stalactites are also breaking

Miyakojima’s place of power “Pumpkin Hole” is being destroyed by increase of tourists, cave stalactites are also breaking

September 13, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Bora Environmental Protection Committee (BEPC, Kaname Sunagawa, president), made of up of the residents in Bora Gusukube in Miyakojima, and the Miyakojima Fishery Collaboration Association (Hirotsugu Kuriyama, president) demanded Miyakojima City investigate the closing the facilities at Boraga beach and restricting access to the sacred site “Kubakundai (also known as Pumpkin Hole)” on September 3. The same day, Sunagawa handed written appeals from...

 

Governor Tamaki talks about main points of economic reopening project, outlines Okinawa’s pandemic response measures asking business to stay closed with the extension of the state of emergency

Governor Tamaki talks about main points of economic reopening project, outlines Okinawa’s pandemic response measures asking business to stay closed with the extension of the state of emergency

September 10, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki held a conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office September 9, where he announced Okinawa’s policy measures for dealing with the COVID-19 state of emergency, which was extended to the end of September. Tamaki explained...

Okinawaya store constructs 3-meter tall Shisa statues on Kokusai-dori to provide spiritual protection from COVID-19 for Okinawa

Okinawaya store constructs 3-meter tall Shisa statues on Kokusai-dori to provide spiritual protection from COVID-19 for Okinawa

August 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawaya installed giant Shisa statues that reach over three meters in height in front of their flagship store on Kokusai-dori in Makishi, Naha, delighting both Okinawans and tourists who visit the street.

Each statue weighs 300 kilograms...

Despite requests not to visit, the Tokashiki beaches see a constant stream of tourists

Despite requests not to visit, the Tokashiki beaches see a constant stream of tourists

August 23, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideaki Yoneda

 

Tokashiki – Paying no heed to the coronavirus pandemic, large numbers of tourists have come to Tokashiki Island, filling the beaches for some fun in the sand, sun, and ocean water.

Despite a typhoon cancelling ferries...

With Miyakojima becoming one of the world’s worst hot zones of the coronavirus, mayor pleads with people “do not come here”

With Miyakojima becoming one of the world’s worst hot zones of the coronavirus, mayor pleads with people “do not come here”

August 19, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Miyakojima Mayor Kazuyuki Zakimi held a press conference at the Miyakojima City Hall August 18, where he warned both tourists and people looking to return home to the island that the area had become “one of the world’s worst hot zones” of COVID-19,...

Governor Tamaki calls for people to “refrain from visiting relatives for Obon” as Okinawa looks to implement new COVID measures, increase the speed of vaccination distribution

Governor Tamaki calls for people to “refrain from visiting relatives for Obon” as Okinawa looks to implement new COVID measures, increase the speed of vaccination distribution

August 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

With the rapid spread of a new wave of COVID-19, Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office on August 12, where he announced new coronavirus measures such as a plan to increase the speed of vaccine distribution....

The pandemic in Okinawa is “suitable for a lockdown,” with the government, medical and business community making an emergency declaration calling for people to self-isolate for two weeks

The pandemic in Okinawa is “suitable for a lockdown,” with the government, medical and business community making an emergency declaration calling for people to self-isolate for two weeks

August 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, who is grappling with the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Okinawa, held a meeting at the Okinawa Prefectural Office August 1 with representatives from the medical and business communities as well as Okinawa’s municipalities,...

Emergency conference asks visitors to refrain from visiting Yambaru, warns of collapse of healthcare system in Okinawa’s northern region

Emergency conference asks visitors to refrain from visiting Yambaru, warns of collapse of healthcare system in Okinawa’s northern region

July 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Hokubu – With the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Northern Municipalities Council and the Northern Region Medical Association stated July 29 that since the middle of July hospital beds are almost entirely full with coronavirus patients, and that, “the...

Naha’s new Cultural Arts Theater incorporates elements of Shuri traditional textiles and the Okinawan Sea, and hopes to become a beacon for arts and culture

Naha’s new Cultural Arts Theater incorporates elements of Shuri traditional textiles and the Okinawan Sea, and hopes to become a beacon for arts and culture

July 19, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Naha City opened the doors of its new Naha Cultural Arts Theater NAHArt (New Community Center) in Kumoji to local media organizations on July 18. The center will open to the public October 31. The large theater seats around 1,600, and there will be...

Sea urchins found to grow rapidly when raised with Shimaguwa leaves, and the Urasoe Ginowan Fishery Cooperative is looking to capitalize

Sea urchins found to grow rapidly when raised with Shimaguwa leaves, and the Urasoe Ginowan Fishery Cooperative is looking to capitalize

July 13 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Urasoe – A special project to raise sea urchins on land using leaves from the shimaguwa, an island mulberry tree specially raised in the city, is underway at Makiminato Fishing Port in Urasoe. On July 5, some of these were opened as a test, and there...

Unexploded ordinance found in a construction site next to civilian house in Naha

Unexploded ordinance found in a construction site next to civilian house in Naha

July 9, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

At around 1:00 p.m. on July 8, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) alerted Naha city that “Unexploded ordinance has been found” at a construction site next to a residential building in Hantagawa.  The ordinance was a five-inch-long U.S....