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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 rainfall.

According to the JMA, the rain clouds responsible for the deluge moved far off the eastern coast by afternoon. Severe rain and flooding alerts issued in the morning were lifted at 2:34...

 

Woman who survived the war and postwar eras performs “kajimaya” celebration for 97 years of life in Zamami, an island of 600

Woman who survived the war and postwar eras performs “kajimaya” celebration for 97 years of life in Zamami, an island of 600

May 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Zamami) On April 28, a “kajimaya” celebration to celebrate 97 years of life and a “michi-june” parade were held in Zamami.

Ume Miyahira, age 96, of Zamami was the protagonist of the kajimaya celebration. She was born on March 14, 1923.

Miyahira...

Rare sighting of parent and child humpback whales off Kitanakagusuku’s East coast

Rare sighting of parent and child humpback whales off Kitanakagusuku’s East coast

 

February 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the morning of February 7 off the coast at Atsuta Harbor in Kitanakagusuku Village, a parent and child pair of humpback whales were spotted jumping up from the surface of the water in a behavior known as “breaching.”

A...

Brilliant rainbow appears in Iriomote Island, “feels like a good omen”

Brilliant rainbow appears in Iriomote Island, “feels like a good omen”

February 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

(Iriomote Island, Taketomi) Around 4:00 p.m. on February 9, a rainbow exhibiting all seven colors distinctly appeared in Iriomote Island of Taketomi Town.

Residents and tourists gasped at the rainbow, which rose clearly all...

Black-faced spoonbill migrates to Okinawa for the winter

Black-faced spoonbill migrates to Okinawa for the winter

January 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The...

Beaming 20-year-olds celebrate at UNESCO site

Beaming 20-year-olds celebrate at UNESCO site

January 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

NAKIJIN—Coming-of-age Day is a national holiday celebrated annually on the second Monday of January.

Since ringing in the new year, municipalities all over Okinawa have hosted coming-of-age ceremonies for those who recently turned, or will...

Southern Cross viewing season arrives in Ishigakijima

Southern Cross viewing season arrives in Ishigakijima

December 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The season for viewing the Southern Cross, a constellation that symbolizes the southern sky, has arrived in Okinawa’s Yaeyama region.

In the early morning on December 20, the first photograph this winter of the Southern Cross was taken...

“I Lost My Voice:” Naha’s Giant Tug-of-War Unites Tourists and Locals

“I Lost My Voice:” Naha’s Giant Tug-of-War Unites Tourists and Locals

October 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

The 48th annual Naha Giant Tug-of-War took place at the Kumoji intersection on Route 58 on October 7. The event, organized by the Office of the Conservation Society of the Naha Giant Tug-of-War, lead to streets that brimmed with excitement...

Local residents enthusiastically celebrate traditional Great Tug-of-War of Henoko

Local residents enthusiastically celebrate traditional Great Tug-of-War of Henoko

August 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 19 the traditional Great Tug-of-War of Henoko was held at the Henoko Ground.

The community split into East and West teams for tug-of-war, and the West team won with one victory and one draw.

This event, where Henoko Ward reseidents...

Nakagusuku and Kitanagusuku residents’ group asks local sanitation association to refuse U.S. military waste collection

Nakagusuku and Kitanagusuku residents’ group asks local sanitation association to refuse U.S. military waste collection

 

March 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On March 16, a group of Nakagusuku Village and Kitanakagusuku Village residents who oppose collecting waste from the U.S. bases visited the Aobaen waste processing facility operated by Nakagusuku Village and Kitanakagusuku...

Enticed by the sunlight, white plum blossoms bloom in Genka, Nago

Enticed by the sunlight, white plum blossoms bloom in Genka, Nago

January 17, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Visitors are thronging to Genka, Nago in Okinawa Prefecture to see the charming white plum blossoms in full bloom along the road in the Ohshittai wetlands area.

 

The plum trees were planted by local residents. Spectators...