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New Ryukyu king and queen selected at Shurijo Castle Park event

New Ryukyu king and queen selected at Shurijo Castle Park event

September 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A selection ceremony for a new “king” and “queen” took place at the event “Mid-Autumn Feast” held in the Una forecourt of Shurijo Castle in Naha on September 7. Twenty-year-old company employee Daichi Teruya was chosen in the role of “king” and 25-year-old nursing teacher Marina Oyama as “queen.” Their first jobs will be to attend a swearing-in ceremony on November 1 in which the Sapposhi...

 

Yaeyma Standup Paddle Boarding Association launched to promote the sport in Okinawa

Yaeyma Standup Paddle Boarding Association launched to promote the sport in Okinawa

September 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP), in which boarders paddle standing up, is becoming a popular sport in Okinawa. On September 1, the Yaemaya SUP Association was set up in Ishigaki City, with the aim to promote the sport in Okinawa. On the same day, people involved...

An Iriomote wild cat released back into the wild after recovering from injuries in a car accident

An Iriomote wild cat released back into the wild after recovering from injuries in a car accident

September 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An Iriomote wild cat, classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, was injured in a traffic accident on Iriomote Island in August. The Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center of the Ministry of the Environment,...

Tornado appears over Oura Bay in Nago

Tornado appears over Oura Bay in Nago

September 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 9:30 p.m. on August 31, a tornado appeared over Oura Bay in Nago.
There were no reported injuries or damages property around the bay.

Yoshiharu Nina who lives in the Teira district, confirmed the occurrence of a tornado. He said the tornado...

Itoman farmer aiming to export avocados

Itoman farmer aiming to export avocados

September 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Koei Kinjo, a farmer in the Yoza district of Itoman City, is one of few in Okinawa cultivating avocado. Producing the fruit since 2010, Kinjo succeeded in growing green and shiny avocados in clusters in a plastic greenhouse this summer. Kinjo said, “I would...

Tropical day in various areas of Okinawa

August 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The weather cleared up in the Okinawa region due to an anticyclone on August 24. However, it rained heavily in some areas because the state of the atmosphere was unstable. The temperature hit 33.7 degrees in Yonaguni island. It was a tropical day in the Okinawa...

The Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival enthrals spectators

The Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival enthrals spectators

August 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 59th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City from August 15 to 17. Fifteen Eisa organizations from in and outside the city took part in the festival and attracted spectators to various performances. Many families and tourists...

Six children of emigrants learning Okinawan language and Ryukyuan dance in Kin Town

Six children of emigrants learning Okinawan language and Ryukyuan dance in Kin Town

August 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The opening ceremony and pep rally of the “2014 Kin Emigrant Youth Trainee Friendship Project,” which hosts children of Kin-born emigrants for a cultural training program, took place at Kin town hall on August 1. Six trainees from five countries will...

The Great Tug-of-War of Ginowan

The Great Tug-of-War of Ginowan

August 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The community association in the Oyama district of Ginowan held the Great Tug-of-War, at an athletic field of Oyama Elementary School on July 27. The tradition has a history of over 100 years.

Divided into two groups, Mendakari and Kushindarari, the residents...

South American students of Okinawan descent take part in the Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War

South American students of Okinawan descent take part in the Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War

August 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two South American students of Okinawan descent, whose roots are in Yonabaru Town, took part in the Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War at the Udun-yama Youth Square in Yonabaru Town on July 27.

Sebastian Pablo Uehara who is from Argentina, took part as shitaku,...

Children enjoy night zoo

Children enjoy night zoo

July 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 19, an event called “Zoo Night,” which will be held every Saturday night during the summer vacation, started at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. The event will last until 9 p.m.

On the first day of the event,...

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