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Typhoon No. 2 blows over 300 year-old Ako tree at Hamahiga-jima

Typhoon No. 2 blows over 300 year-old Ako tree at Hamahiga-jima

June 16, 2011 The Ryukyu Shimpo

An Ako tree (Ficus superba Miq. var. japonica Miq.) estimated to be over 300 years-old that stood in the Katsuren-Hama district of Uruma City has been blown over by the strong winds of Typhoon No.2. It was laid bare as it smashed down on the masonry block wall of Hama Junior High School. Local residents believe that a Kijimuna, or Okinawan fairy, lives in the old tree. They love the tree and want to preserve it.

Ninety-four year-old Fumio...

 

Haebaru Junior High School students learn about the ravages of war in order to become peace tour guides.

Haebaru Junior High School students learn about the ravages of war in order to become peace tour guides.

June 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-four Haebaru Junior High School third-grade students have qualified as peace guides for battlefield tours of Okinawa.
As practice, on June 21 they are scheduled to guide first grade boys and girls from their own school through the Haebaru Imperial Japanese...

One million paper cranes converted to stationery and sent to conflict-torn regions

One million paper cranes converted to stationery and sent to conflict-torn regions

June 14, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 11, the “Thousand Crane Project For a Hopeful Future,” which reutilizes paper cranes donated by peace memorial facilities and battle sites in Okinawa, held its fifth delivery ceremony at Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Mabuni, Itoman City....

Eisa Advertising Tower erected at the Raikamu intersection

Eisa Advertising Tower erected at the Raikamu intersection

June 14, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Zento (all islands) Eisa Festival Executive Committee (headed by Mitsuko Tomon, Mayor of Okinawa City) has erected a tower advertising Eisa, a type of folk dance unique to the people of the Ryukyu Islands, at the Raikamu (Rycom) intersection in Yamazato,...

The sun shining on squid drying in the open air on Ojima Island

The sun shining on squid drying in the open air on Ojima Island

June 11, 2011 by Yasuhide Matayoshi, Photographer of Ryukyu Shimpo

A typical scene as people start their traditional summer work of drying squid in the sun on the fishermen’s island of Ojima, Nanjo City. Squid caught in the morning are carefully prepared and brought into the port to be hung...

Ginowan Mayor’s sit-in-protest against the Osprey deployment

Ginowan Mayor’s sit-in-protest against the Osprey deployment

June 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of June 13 residents of Ginowan City watched a sit-in protest rally at the City Hall against plans to deploy the MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft. The protest included Takeshi Asato, mayor of Ginowan City, city council...

Novelist describes his memory of the land taken by the U.S. military

Novelist describes his memory of the land taken by the U.S. military

June 9, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo,

Eighty-five year-old Tatsuhiro Oshiro, an Akutagawa Prize-winning writer, will publish his anthology of short stories Futenma yo through Shinchosha Co., Ltd. in mid-June. Futenma yo, is the overarching name of seven short stories written specifically...

Sutsuupunaka: celebration of a full harvest in Tarama Village

Sutsuupunaka: celebration of a full harvest in Tarama Village

June 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6 and 7, the harvest festival Sutsuupunaka was held in four sites in Tarama Village with all the villagers wishing for a year with a good harvest.

From late in the evening on June 6 into the early hours of June 7, elders sang divine songs and...

Fresh traces suggesting that dugong ate seaweed further out in Oura Bay

Fresh traces suggesting that dugong ate seaweed further out in Oura Bay

June 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The diving team Snack Snufkin has found traces of dugong eating seaweed underwater about 600 meters off the coast south of Sedake, Nago City.

Nobu Nishihara, a representative of the team that carried out the biological survey in Oura Bay, said, “This sort...

Nijima team wins V6 at the Itoman Harley race

Nijima team wins V6 at the Itoman Harley race

June 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4 of the old lunar calendar (June 5) or Yukka-nu-hi, Harley or Harri dragon-boat races were held in various locations in the prefecture to wish for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing. The Harley race held at the...

Okinawan Americans come from Hawaii to play the sanshin at a requiem held at the Miyamori Elementary School Memorial

Okinawan Americans come from Hawaii to play the sanshin at a requiem held at the Miyamori Elementary School Memorial

June 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fourteen Hawaiians originated from Okinawa, including 36 year-old Norman Kinjo visited the Miyamori Elementary School in Uruma City on June 3 to attend the memorial service held for the victims, including 11 children, killed in the June 30 1959 crash of a U.S. F-100...

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