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Tourists to be asked to pay 300 yen entrance fee to Taketomi Island to be used for environmental preservation

Tourists to be asked to pay 300 yen entrance fee to Taketomi Island to be used for environmental preservation

September 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Taketomi Island, Taketomi) September 1 marked the start of a new system in which tourists visiting Taketomi Island of Taketomi Town are asked to voluntarily pay 300 yen as an island entrance fee, and tourists on their way to Taketomi Island could be seen purchasing island entrance tickets one after another.

On the same day, a commencement ceremony was held at the Ishigaki Port Outlying Island Terminal on Ishigaki Island and on Taketomi Island.

The...

 

Shinugu: Ada’s ancient Okinawan harvest ritual

Shinugu: Ada’s ancient Okinawan harvest ritual

August 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinugu is the traditional Okinawan harvest ritual, but the shinugu ritual of Ada, Kunigami-son, is designated an “Important Intangible Cultural Property” by the Japanese government. On Aug 6, several of Ada’s local men played the part of the “harvest gods”...

“Bases should be reduced,” says Rear Admiral Minoru Ota’s great-grandson participating in memorial service with his grandmother

June 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideki Matsudo

June 13 marked 72 years since Rear Admiral Minoru Ota, the final commander of the Japanese naval forces defending Okinawa, committed suicide in the underground headquarters. His great-grandson Dougul Sutherland, 23, of Australian nationality,...

Tarama Island hosts Stuupunaka festival and prays for good harvest

Tarama Island hosts Stuupunaka festival and prays for good harvest

May 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tarama Island’s traditional event “Stuupunaka festival” was held on May 5 and 6, with locals gathering to give thanks for the year of good harvest and pray for community prosperity.

The dawn prayer began from the night of May 5, when elders sang...

The Year of the Rooster 2017: Okinawan native chicken “chan” wishes happy New Year in a beautiful voice

The Year of the Rooster 2017: Okinawan native chicken “chan” wishes happy New Year in a beautiful voice

January 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

2017 is the year of the Rooster. Sixty-four-year-old Rinkichi Teruya, who lives at Mizugama, Kadena, raises chan chickens, which are native to Okinawa. The chickens were showing off their beautiful high voices and their typical three-syllable sound at his house.

Chans...

Humpback whale spotted off coast of Zamami Island swimming leisurely

Humpback whale spotted off coast of Zamami Island swimming leisurely

December 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yoshikazu Miyazato

On December 25, it was confirmed that a humpback whale visited the northern sea of Zamami Island. It is the first whale sighting of the season.

Kiyoshi Miyagi, 57, a member of the Zamami Whale Watching Association, managed...