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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 sacred song (Niri) and exchanged sake.
After the elders sang, the young men raised square bowls filled with sake above their heads and jeered, saying, “Heya, Yakkayakka”.

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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...