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Shinugu – an animistic festival for a good crop and perfect health

<em>Shinugu</em> - an animistic festival for a good crop and perfect health

August 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinugu, which is designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset of Japan, was carried out in Ada, Kunigami Village on July 31.
Including rituals such as yamanubui, in which men crowned with grassy headwear and covered with leaves go into the jungle to undergo a purification ceremony, and ushindeku, in which only women do the dancing, the participants prayed for a good crop and perfect health in their region. The...

 

Tamaki wins the 11th Asian Karate-do Championship

Tamaki wins the 11th Asian Karate-do Championship

July 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Third-year student 14 year-old Daigo Tamaki of Yabu Junior High School in Nago City was victorious at the 11th Asian Karate-do Championship held in Beijing, China from July 19.
The first person from Okinawa to compete in the Cadet category (14‐15 years of...

Deciphering the coral genome for the first time

July 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Marine Genomics Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST, Onna Village) succeeded for the first time in deciphering the genome of Acropora digitifera, a coral that inhabits the seas around Okinawa Prefecture.
On July 24, the Unit published...

Okinawan student wins top prize in art contest in Florida

Okinawan student wins top prize in art contest in Florida

July 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Shogaku High School (Naha City) second year student Hitomi Uezu (17 years-old) has won the top prize in an art contest in Florida.
When in Florida as an exchange student at Jensen Beach High School on a scholarship program supported by the Okinawa Prefectural...

Two endangered species flower inconspicuously up in the northern mountain area

Two endangered species flower inconspicuously up in the northern mountain area

July 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago City resident Toshiko Miyagi recently confirmed that the endangered species Kashinokiran or Gastrochilus japonicus, which is on the vulnerable (VU) category II Red List of the Ministry of the Environment and the Okinawa Prefectural Government,...

People of Yaeyama offer dance performance to God of fertility at the beginning of the Harvest Festival

People of Yaeyama offer dance performance to God of fertility at the beginning of the Harvest Festival

July 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The harvest festival was held in the Ohama district, Ishigaki City, on July 9 and 10, offering prayers for a bountiful harvest both this year and next summer. Starting at Ohama, the Yaeyama regions have entered the harvest festival season. A diverse range of festivals...

Honorary police officer Bogey goes to heaven

Honorary police officer Bogey goes to heaven

July 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Bogey, a “canine police officer” well known to the residents of Urasoe City died of old age on July 5. In his role as a police public-relations dog he was a symbol of traffic safety activities through the years. Originally a stray dog, this canine hero was promoted...

Young Okinawan woodpeckers safely leave their nest in a tree blown down in a typhoon

Young Okinawan woodpeckers safely leave their nest in a tree blown down in a typhoon

July 6, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Two Okinawa woodpecker chicks safely left their nest in an itaji tree (biological name: Castanopsis sieboldii) blown over by the strong winds of Typhoons No.2 and No.5 in Nishime-dake, Kunigami Village.
This situation was confirmed by 48 year-old Yutaka Toguchi,...

The WWF Japan discovers a new species of numa-ebi in the sea off Kumejima

The WWF Japan discovers a new species of numa-ebi in the sea off Kumejima

June 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 2, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Japan announced that it has discovered a new species of numa-ebi, or Atyidae shrimp, during field research carried at Kumejima Island in February. The numa-ebi species normally inhabits the freshwater of lakes...

Okinawa Woodpecker busily rearing its chicks

Okinawa Woodpecker busily rearing its chicks

May 22, 2011 photo by Hiroaki Yamashiro, photographer of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Noguchigera or Okinawa woodpecker, designated as a special national treasure and found in the forests of the Yambaru in the northern part of Okinawa, has entered the fledging brood season.

Around midday on May...

Pula-kun, popular Yuru-Chara of Ginten Street Shopping Mall

Pula-kun, popular Yuru-Chara of Ginten Street Shopping Mall

May 27, 2011 by Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Pula-kun, a character representing tempura (seafood and vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried), a specialty dish in the Ginten Street Shopping Mall in Okinawa City, has been gaining popularity.
On Twitter, more than 1300 people now...

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