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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 mind still runs at full speed. “I suppose conversation is the key to a long life.” At 100, her surprisingly vigorous voice reverberates through her parlor.

Fumi was born in 1920, the oldest...

 

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,...

Heatstroke risk rises to dangerous level with the summer sun coming out for “Grain in Ear” in Nago, Miyako, and Ishigaki

Heatstroke risk rises to dangerous level with the summer sun coming out for “Grain in Ear” in Nago, Miyako, and Ishigaki

June 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

June 5 was boshu (Grain in Ear), one of the 24 points on the traditional East Asian solar calendar. It marks the time of the year to sow grains such as rice and wheat. On June 4, a high-pressure system and sunny weather not often seen in the rainy season came to Okinawa.

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Chrysanthemum farmer has to dispose of 15% of his stock as coronavirus causes decrease in public funerals, participation in tomb sweeping festival

Chrysanthemum farmer has to dispose of 15% of his stock as coronavirus causes decrease in public funerals, participation in tomb sweeping festival

May 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Daitetsu Teruya and Sanenori Kinjo

 

Nanbu – Chrysanthemum farmers, who were already facing a harsh business environment due to low prices in recent years, have taken a major hit due to the effects of the coronavirus. With the declaration of...

“It’s scary. But, I wouldn’t ask anyone to change places with me,” Trash collection specialists proud of their work

“It’s scary. But, I wouldn’t ask anyone to change places with me,” Trash collection specialists proud of their work

May 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Shinji Sano

Miyakojima – Every morning, at the same time with the same music, the garbage collection truck races around town. While most of society has stopped working or is working remotely due to the spread of COVID-19, sanitation workers have continued...