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Whale couple dance in Tokashiki

Whale couple dance in Tokashiki

April 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

Yuriko Nishiura, the manager of a local diving shop in Tokashiki Village, managed to snap a photograph of humpback whales breeding under the water. She saw the whale couple moving their tail fins. Nishiura said, “I managed to catch a rare moment of two whales intimately lining up and diving together.” She went to on to say, “I came across two whales in the offing of Hanari Island while guiding my customers. I was fortunate...

 

Residents wish for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing at Sanguwacha in Uruma

Residents wish for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing at Sanguwacha in Uruma

April 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

For three days from April 9, which is March 3 on the Chinese calendar, Sanguwacha was held on Henza Island in Uruma City. Residents prayed for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing. On April 10, Todaiyu and Nanzamooi were held to kick off the season with...

Colorful flowers bloom during Urizun period in Tokashiki

Colorful flowers bloom during Urizun period in Tokashiki

April 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

Tennoume (Ribes ambiguum) and Easter lilies bloomed in the wilderness of Tokashiki Island. The rupestrine flowers are found on the beach and bloom during the Urizun period from April to May.

Tennoume, which is also called Izasonsho,...

Biggest tuna caught in Ishigaki

Biggest tuna caught in Ishigaki

March 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 30, a 413 kilogram-bluefin tuna measuring about 2.6 meters was landed at Ishigaki Fishing Port. With a large population of tuna, Ishigaki is one of the foremost fishing ports in Okinawa. Hiroyuki Tanaka, the captain of Tenshinmaru, said it took five hours...

Friendly humpback whales greet Zamami visitors

Friendly humpback whales greet Zamami visitors

February 23, 2016 Hirokazu Otsubo, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Whale watching season has taken off at Zamami Bay. Two large humpback whales were spotted from a whale watching boat on February 18. They occasionally peeked their heads above the water and swam together playfully.

In...

Newborn baby kangaroo in Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Newborn baby kangaroo in Okinawa Zoo and Museum

February 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Giant Kangaroo, or Macropus giganteus, Miyuki gave birth to her fourth baby in the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. The newborn baby kangaroo has frequently been showing its face from its mother’s pouch. On January 31, the breeding staff of the zoo...

Dragon pillar erected at Naha Cruise Terminal to act as a symbol of welcome to Naha

Dragon pillar erected at Naha Cruise Terminal to act as a symbol of welcome to Naha

January 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A dragon pillar and symbol of sister cities Naha and Fuzhou, China, was completed in Naha late last year. The pillar was publicly unveiled at a ceremony on January 24 at Naha Cruise Terminal, attended by 400 residents and officials.

Mayor of Naha City Mikiko...

Yamashita ruins to become park for citizens

Yamashita ruins to become park for citizens

January 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yamashita Town First Cave Ruin is known as one of the oldest ruins of the Paleolithic period. Naha City government completed a project to renovate the cave and made it a park. An inauguration ceremony was held in Yamashita Town, Naha, on January 8. Based on a...

Two elephants from Fukushima return to Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Two elephants from Fukushima return to Okinawa Zoo and Museum

December 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Tonsai and Boonthong, Asian elephants from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima Prefecture, were showcased at Okinawa Zoo and Museum. They became Okinawa-Fukushima Friendship Elephants last year and came to Okinawa to spend the winter season.

The...

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attracts 320,000 spectators

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attracts 320,000 spectators

September 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 60th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival, which is one of the largest Eisa events in Okinawa, was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City from September 4 to 6. Fifteen Eisa organizations from in and outside of Okinawa City, known as the “City of Eisa,”...

Iejima residents travel to South America to trace the history of emigration from the island

Iejima residents travel to South America to trace the history of emigration from the island

August 31, 2015 Yukito Kinjo, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In advance of the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival to be held in October of next year, a group of Ie residents traveled around various parts of South America from August 11 to 21 to meet with migrants who moved there from Ie after World...

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