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Yellow and pink decorate the streets as Taiwanese rain trees bloom in the clear autumn sky

Yellow and pink decorate the streets as Taiwanese rain trees bloom in the clear autumn sky

October 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Koelreuteria elegans, commonly known as Taiwanese rain trees, planted in Shintoshin Park in Omoromachi, Naha, have started to bloom lovely yellow flowers from the tops of their canopies.
Under a clear blue sky the morning of October 5, honey bees gathered around the small yellow flowers bathing in the sunlight, and the occasional gust of wind would shake loose some of the blossoms, which would then dance their way down to the ground.

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Age 15 island departure: Junior high school students in Ie get a lesson in preparing a “luxurious” lunch with fish preparation lesson from local fishing cooperative

Age 15 island departure: Junior high school students in Ie get a lesson in preparing a “luxurious” lunch with fish preparation lesson from local fishing cooperative

September 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yukito Kinjo

Ie – In preparation for the “Age 15 island departure,” when students leave Ie island to go to high school, the Ie Fishing Cooperative (Ryuichi Hachimae, president) held a “Fish Cooking Classroom” for 49 3rd-year students at Ie...

Ishanagira Youth Association has an outdoor Angama to honor the dead while observing coronavirus precautions in Ishigaki

Ishanagira Youth Association has an outdoor Angama to honor the dead while observing coronavirus precautions in Ishigaki

September 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – The Ishigaki Ishanagira Youth Association performed the Yaeyama traditional ceremony angama in Fukuyamada, Azaishigaki, which was an evacuation site for Azaishigaki residents during the way, on September 1, the middle of Bon on the lunar calendar....

At 100 years old, Fumi Toyama is still sharp, goes on walks “for her body,” does all her own housework, and says “Smiles are a nutrient for the body”

At 100 years old, Fumi Toyama is still sharp, goes on walks “for her body,” does all her own housework, and says “Smiles are a nutrient for the body”

August 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

Yomitan – “I wonder what fun things today will bring?” The smiling face saying this is none other than 100-year old Fumi Toyama, who lives by herself in Senaha, Yomitan. While she moves slowly about the house with the help of a cane, her...

White flowers glow against the Kerama blue as the harlequin glorybowers start to bloom in Tokashiki

White flowers glow against the Kerama blue as the harlequin glorybowers start to bloom in Tokashiki

August 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Special Correspondent Hideaki Yoneda

Tokashiki – With summer reaching its peak, the harlequin glorybower (part of the Lamiaceae family) can be seen full bloom. The flower grows from the island...

Summer bullfighting festival cancelled for first time ever due to COVID-19

July 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Uruma – The Okinawa Bullfighting Association (Masakazu Koji, President) held a meeting on July 26, where they decided to cancel the “11th All-Okinawa Summer Bullfighting Festival” set to take place at the Ishikawa Dome in Uruma in August. This will be the first...

Fishing village exterminates 145 sharks in effort to prevent damage to fishing hauls July 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fishing village exterminates 145 sharks in effort to prevent damage to fishing hauls July 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – Fishermen from Ishigaki engaged on a two-day shark hunt on July 13 and 14 in the ocean around Ishigaki island. Over the course of the two days, they caught a total of 145 sharks, including species such as tiger sharks, silvertip sharks, and tawny nurse...

Crabs come out at night under the light of the moon to lay eggs on Miyagi Island

Crabs come out at night under the light of the moon to lay eggs on Miyagi Island

July 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On Miyagi Island in Uruma City in Okinawa, the egg-laying season for crabs is approaching.

On July 6 under a full moon, a scene can be seen of countless crabs crossing the street, headed in the direction of the moonlight, and arriving at the edge of the water...

Woman who spoke about the Battle of Okinawa as the “Trembling Girl” harassed at home by unknown male visitor

June 26 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yosuke Anri

Sueko Urasaki, 82, who came forward as the “trembling girl” in an image from the Battle of Okinawa, was, according to sources contacted on June 25, visited by a man who made accusatory remarks doubting her story. Urasaki has been avoiding...

Ishigaki City council votes to rename Tonoshiro to Tonoshiro Senkaku in a move expected to increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors

Ishigaki City council votes to rename Tonoshiro to Tonoshiro Senkaku in a move expected to increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors

June 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Ishigaki – The Ishigaki City Council (Hideyuki Taira, president) passed a resolution to rename an area under the city’s authority that contains the Senkaku Islands from “Tonoshiro” to Tonoshiro Senkaku” by majority vote during their final...

The night sea glitters with countless life as table coral lay their eggs all at once in this captivating photo taken off the coast of Ginowan

The night sea glitters with countless life as table coral lay their eggs all at once in this captivating photo taken off the coast of Ginowan

June 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the Janabishi coral reef, around one kilometer from the Ginowan Marina in Ginowan, the table coral and midori-ishi coral in the reef were seen releasing all of their eggs at once at around 10:20 p.m. on June 10. Toru Higaonna, 47, who runs a diving shop in Naha,...