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Locals complain of tourists trespassing to take Instagram photos on “sacred island” Kudakajima

Locals complain of tourists trespassing to take Instagram photos on “sacred island” Kudakajima

Yo Kakazu

(Nanjo) Kudakajima Island, part of Nanjo City, is known as a sacred place in Okinawa, and roughly 60 thousand people visit there each year.

Many tourists have been trespassing in off-limits sacred spots (utaki) and waters, and islanders who have worked to protect the ancient history and traditions of the island are vexed.

There are many photographs taken in off-limits areas posted to SNS sites and elsewhere on the internet, as well as posts that could cause the...

 

After 69 years of marriage, Tomi and Yukichi finally get the wedding they were denied by parents’ opposition

After 69 years of marriage, Tomi and Yukichi finally get the wedding they were denied by parents’ opposition

September 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Yo Kakazu

(Nanjo) Clothed in a wedding dress, Tomi said, “at last.” On August 30, Tomi, 87, and Yukichi, 86, finally celebrated their matrimony as bride and groom after 69 years of marriage. At the time of their marriage, they were unable to celebrate...

Traditional event Mushaama held to pray for Hateruma Island’s prosperity

Traditional event Mushaama held to pray for Hateruma Island’s prosperity

August 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 14, which was nakanuhii for Okinawa’s old Bon, a traditional event called “mushaama” was held.

“Mushaama” consists of holding memorial services for ancestors at Taketomi Town’s Hateruma Island, along with praying for a good harvest...

“Pikachu” appears at an Okinawan port

“Pikachu” appears at an Okinawan port

August 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroyuki Takatsuji

“Isn’t this Pikachu?” A mysterious creature was found at a fishing port on the northern part of the main island of Okinawa causing controversy over the Internet, where a video of the creature was posted. The creature has become a...

Yonabaru establishes Okinawa’s first ordinance to toast with awamori

Yonabaru establishes Okinawa’s first ordinance to toast with awamori

July 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

An auspicious custom with awamori.

On July 9, in hopes of passing on the culture of and to promote Ryukyu awamori, the Yonabaru Town Council unanimously agreed on Okinawa Prefecture’s first “ordinance that promotes toasting with Yonabaru Town’s Ryukyu...

Assistant Professor Shitara captures photograph of Iriomote cat kitten on Iriomote Island

Assistant Professor Shitara captures photograph of Iriomote cat kitten on Iriomote Island

July 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently, Assistant Professor Takuto Shitara of the Iriomote Station at the University of the Ryukyus Biosphere Research Center succeeded in photographing an Iriomote cat kitten.

Iriomote cats are Special Natural Monuments of Japan, peculiar to Taketomi Town...

Koza City attracts tourists as “military-base town”

Koza City attracts tourists as “military-base town”

July 08, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Koza City, known as “the military-base town”, is a microcosm of Okinawa. Okinawa City Tourism and Promotion Association has worked to allure visitors locally and from afar, under its president, Takashi Shimabukuro.

The association began receiving class...

Koza X MiXitopia Research Center opens in Gintengai Shopping Arcade

Koza X MiXitopia Research Center opens in Gintengai Shopping Arcade

June 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 2, University of California, Berkley Professor Eriko Ikehara, who has been researching the history of the black community in Teruya, Okinawa, opened the Koza X MiXtopia Research Center in the Gintengai Shopping Arcade. On the same day, an opening ceremony...

Beautiful coral spawning confirmed at Tokashiki Island in Okinawa

Beautiful coral spawning confirmed at Tokashiki Island in Okinawa

May 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

Takashi Matsuda, 46, of the diving shop Relax Island in Aharen, Tokashiki Village confirmed that the coral of Aharen Beach spawned on the nights of May 22 and 23.

Only once a year, in May or June during the flood tide around the full...

At Ainu memorial service in Okinawa, prayers for peace and friendship

At Ainu memorial service in Okinawa, prayers for peace and friendship

May 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Itoman) On May 17, the Uruma Association in Solidarity with the Ainu People (representative: Shinya Mayonaka) held an Ainu memorial service (“Icharupa”) in front of the Nanboku Tower in Maehira, Itoman to honor the souls of Ainu soldiers and Okinawans who perished...

Photo Gallery: Once in 50-year deluge hammers Yonaguni Island

Photo Gallery: Once in 50-year deluge hammers Yonaguni Island

May 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A record rainfall of a magnitude expected once every 50 years hit Yonaguni Island on May 13, which lost its intensity by afternoon, turning into a light shower. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is urging people to stay alert of mudslides triggered by the heavy...