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One-in-200,000 black rice paper butterfly discovered in southern part of Okinawa Island

One-in-200,000 black rice paper butterfly discovered in southern part of Okinawa Island

November 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A black variety of Japan’s largest butterfly, the rice paper butterfly, has been discovered. The black specimen emerged from a chrysalis being observed by a member of the Fly Butterflies Around Shurijo Castle Association. Even though a black specimen generally only appears once in every 100,000 to 200,000 rice paper butterflies, or once every 20 to 30 years, this association has logged this as the second appearance since 2013. Head of the association Yasuhiro...

 

World’s most tremendous Great Tug of War in Naha

World’s most tremendous Great Tug of War in Naha

October 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 46th Naha Tug of War was held at the Kumoji intersection of Route 58 in Naha on October 9. According to the organizer, about 270,000 people took part in the event.

The crowd pulled on the rope for 30 minutes, with the West side winning the competitive...

Sun the dolphin celebrates his first birthday at Motobu Genki Village, shakes hands with preschoolers

Sun the dolphin celebrates his first birthday at Motobu Genki Village, shakes hands with preschoolers

October 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

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The male bottlenose dolphin, Sun, celebrated his first birthday on September 26 at Motobu Genki Village in Motohama, Motobu. He celebrated with the class of two- to four-year-olds from Hikari Preschool, who sang “Happy Birthday” and fed the dolphin...

Excavated fishhooks show that Paleolithic people fished, ate well

Excavated fishhooks show that Paleolithic people fished, ate well

September 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Sakitari cave (survey site 1) in Nanjo, Okinawa where the world’s oldest fishhooks were unearthed, other artifacts including roughly 10,000 Japanese mitten crab claws were also found. The Japanese mitten crab is related to the Chinese mitten crab, which...

World’s oldest fishing hooks from 23,000 years ago discovered in Sakitari Cave in Okinawa

World’s oldest fishing hooks from 23,000 years ago discovered in Sakitari Cave in Okinawa

September 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The world’s oldest known fishing hooks from about 23,000 years ago were discovered at Sakitari Cave in the Valley of Gangala in Nanjo City, Okinawa. An infant’s bones from about 30,000 years ago were also found at the site. These are the second oldest human...

Nago sees 250 million yen surplus thanks to “hometown tax” donations from opponents of Henoko base

Nago sees 250 million yen surplus thanks to “hometown tax” donations from opponents of Henoko base

August 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s “hometown tax” system allows people to give donations to local government bodies of their choice and deduct that amount from their residents’ taxes. On August 6, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced the amount that each local...

Final book published to complete four picture book series about Okinawan eisa dance

Final book published to complete four picture book series about Okinawan eisa dance

July 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A series of picture books exemplifying the appeal of eisa in Okinawa City is now complete with the publishing of the fourth and final book, Dreams of Eisa. Copies of the book are being distributed to schools within Okinawa City. The other three titles in the series...

Dene Magna School students from England visit Okinawa

Dene Magna School students from England visit Okinawa

June 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A reception ceremony was held for seven students and two teachers from Dene Magna School in England at Chatan Nirai Center in the Kuwae district of Chatan on June 25. They visited Okinawa as part of an exchange project between Chatan and the United Kingdom. About...

Happy birthday for elephant Ryuka

Happy birthday for elephant Ryuka

May 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22 the 16th birthday party of popular Indian elephant Ryuka was celebrated at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. Children and parents who attended the party, sang the “Happy Birthday” song to help her celebrate. Ryuka, who...

Coral laying eggs in night sea of Tokashiki

Coral laying eggs in night sea of Tokashiki

May 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of May 25, local divers confirmed that coral spawned in Tokashiki Island. This occurs once during the period from May to July each year.

Around 10:20 p.m., staghorn coral and Montipora spawned at the same time, which illuminated the dark ocean....

Former marine returns to Okinawa with photograph exhibition and baseball glove

Former marine returns to Okinawa with photograph exhibition and baseball glove

May 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Dick Bruce, a 77-year-old former U.S. marine who was stationed for a 13-month duration on Camp Courtney in Uruma City in 1958-59, visited an elderly welfare center called Day Service RyCom in Okinawa City on May 7 to display his photographs and mingle with attendees....

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