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Family of humpback whales hang around Zamami as whale-watching season arrives

Family of humpback whales hang around Zamami as whale-watching season arrives

January 10, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hirokazu Ohtsubo

 

Every year, from the end of December until the following April, humpback whales visit the waters of Kerama Islands to breed. During this whale watching season, whales have been spotted one after another in Zamami and Tokashiki Villages and the residents are all in a welcoming mood.

 

The Zamami Village Whale Watching Association gave its first whale watching boat tour of the season on December 28,...

 

Hatoyama says strengthening of SDF presence in Nansei Islands is based on “antiquated ideas”

Hatoyama says strengthening of SDF presence in Nansei Islands is based on “antiquated ideas”

January 4, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shinji Sano

 

On December 17, the East Asian Community Institute held a town meeting in Miyakojima City titled “Contemplating Miyako Island missile deployment and how the current situation in Miyako Island and the Nansei Islands might be...

Pink cherry blossoms bloom against blue sky in Nago ahead of Sakura Suubu contest

Pink cherry blossoms bloom against blue sky in Nago ahead of Sakura Suubu contest

January 5, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Cherry blossoms are blooming at Nago Castle Park, a famous cherry blossom spot, and nearly in full bloom at one home in Agarie, Nago City.

 

The residence has previously won the Sakura Suubu, Agarie’s annual community contest...

Two species of rare butterfly observed in the vicinity of the Northern Training Area

Two species of rare butterfly observed in the vicinity of the Northern Training Area

November 3, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In Kunigami Village and Higashi Village, in and around the Northern Training Area (NTA), near-threatened species of rare butterflies Ypthima riukiuana and Pithecops corvus ryukyuensis (a type of forest Quaker) spiritedly flutter...

Tokashiki celebrates two local women turning 97: Their secret to long life? – Farming

Tokashiki celebrates two local women turning 97: Their secret to long life? – Farming

October 25, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideaki Yoneda

 

Tokashiki – October 12 (September 7 on the Lunar Calendar) was Kajimaya (a celebration of elders turning 97 years old by the traditional age system). In Tokashiki, there was a Kajimaya parade on October 14 celebrating the...

“It’s like Galaxy Express 999!” Bridge of light across the night sky over Ishigaki Island

“It’s like Galaxy Express 999!” Bridge of light across the night sky over Ishigaki Island

September 18, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Ishigaki – On September 7, a fantastical photograph showing the Milky Way and a plane flying underneath it was taken in Ishigaki. The photographer was Toru Kinjo, managing director of the Yaeyama Visitors Bureau. He says, “This is the first...

Refreshing! Time to Harvest Unripe Shikuwasa

Refreshing! Time to Harvest Unripe Shikuwasa

September 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It is currently the best time to harvest unripe shikuwasa, a fruit commonly used in cooking and known for its characteristic refreshing aroma. On the morning of September 1, farmers in Kijoka in Ogimi, the center of Shikuwasa production, were out...

Four Goat Kids Born in One Month at Hentona High School in Ogimi

Four Goat Kids Born in One Month at Hentona High School in Ogimi

August 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Ogimi – In the approximately one month from late June to late July, four goat kids were born one after the other at Hentona High School in Ogimi, a town close to a forest that is a natural heritage site. The four goats were born to three of the...

Twenty-Four Accidents Involving Yambaru Kuina This Year More Accidents than Last Year, Clinics are “At Capacity”

Twenty-Four Accidents Involving Yambaru Kuina This Year  More Accidents than Last Year, Clinics are “At Capacity”

July 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

There have been multiple traffic accidents in Yambaru (northern part of the main island) involving Yambaru kuina (Okinawa rails), a species of bird that is registered as a Natural Monument of Japan. As of July 28, 24 such accidents had been confirmed...

“I Want to Bring Back the Rice Fields” Cultivating Unused Land and Revitalizing Rice Farms that Supported an Island

“I Want to Bring Back the Rice Fields”  Cultivating Unused Land and Revitalizing Rice Farms that Supported an Island

July 18, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideaki Yoneda

 

Tokashiki – The first rice harvest began in early July in Tokashiki. Currently, there are only three rice-farming households in the town that are growing rice for their own use. One farmer, Shigemitsu...

Endangered Hawksbill Turtle lays eggs on Itoman Coast: “First time in my life!” says turtle-lover Tokumura

Endangered Hawksbill Turtle lays eggs on Itoman Coast: “First time in my life!” says turtle-lover Tokumura

July 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 12, an endangered hawksbill sea turtle was seen laying her eggs on the coast of Itoman. Koki Tokumura, a resident known by locals and on the radio as a lover of turtles discovered the nest and took a video. “It’s the first time in my life...