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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 and rivers but the one species discovered at Kumejima was found living in seawater. This is an unprecedented case anywhere in the world.

The shrimp were collected by a team of marine biology...

 

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...

Glittering soushiju trees in full bloom in Naha

Glittering soushiju trees in full bloom in Naha

May 19, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The soushiju trees or Acacia confusa reached full bloom in Manko Park in Naha, on May 18, giving passersby an enjoyable glimpse of the sun during a short break in the long rainy season. Soushiju is an evergreen leguminous tree that blossoms during April and May with...

Extending a helping hand to Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan

Extending a helping hand to Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan

“Laugh & Peace Festival” starts in Okinawa

March 19, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

The opening ceremony of the 3rd International Okinawa Film Festival, sponsored by the Festival Executive Committee, was held at Ginowan Tropical Beach in Okinawa, on March 23. Held under the banner:...

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