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Giant manta ray congratulates newlyweds after cancelling honeymoon trip abroad

Giant manta ray congratulates newlyweds after cancelling honeymoon trip abroad

January 7, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

At around 2 p.m. on December 27, Yuriko Nishiura, manager of the dive shop Shima Ashibi in Tokashiki Village, successfully photographed a giant manta ray swimming at a depth of about four meters around Hanari Island, an uninhabited island located about one kilometer from Aharen Beach in Tokashiki.
 
Nishiura was guiding a couple on a diving tour at Hanari Island; the couple visited Tokashiki Village after having to cancel...

 

Yomitan requests Defense Bureau access to place of worship located on U.S. military base

Yomitan requests Defense Bureau access to place of worship located on U.S. military base

December 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 1, Shokichi Yokota, chair of the Yomitan Village Makibaru Community Association, Kantoku Teruya, member of the House of Representatives, and Yomitan Village Mayor Denjitsu Ishimine, visited the Okinawa Defense Bureau Director-General...

Support Sarah Sensei’s cancer treatment: citizens call for support of contributor to Nago’s English education

Support Sarah Sensei’s cancer treatment: citizens call for support of contributor to Nago’s English education

December 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nago – Hawaii-native Sarah Kobayashi has been teaching English to people in Nago, Okinawa for close to five years as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) and an instructor of English conversation classes. Now, students (represented by Yumiko Baba)...

Social workers celebrate two centenarians in Ogimi: “I’m glad I lived to see this!”

Social workers celebrate two centenarians in Ogimi: “I’m glad I lived to see this!”

November 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Ikue Asato

On November 5, staff of the Ogimi Village Social Welfare Council (chaired by Tetsuo Shimada) and local social welfare workers visited the homes of two centenarians, Tsuru Maeda, 102, of Oshikawa Ward and Hatsu Miyagi, 103, of Yako Ward, in...

The harvest of yellow island carrots begins under a blue sky in Nakagusuku Village

The harvest of yellow island carrots begins under a blue sky in Nakagusuku Village

November 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

As of November 25, due to chill as a result of a high-pressure system moving in from the Eurasian continent, clouds have spread. However, in the Okinawa region the weather has mostly been fair. In Kitahama, Nakagusuku Village, which is known for being the area...

Black-Faced Spoonbill Arrives at Aka Island Announcing Coming of Winter

Black-Faced Spoonbill Arrives at Aka Island Announcing Coming of Winter

November 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Kenichi Muraishi

Zamami, Aka Island – Just before sunset on November 4, a lone black-faced spoonbill was spotted on Aka Island. The black-faced spoonbill is a familiar bird at the Manko tidal flat in Naha or the Triangle Pond, which is a detention...

Sunflower seeds distributed after cancelled Kitanakagusuku festival bloom across Japan

Sunflower seeds distributed after cancelled Kitanakagusuku festival bloom across Japan

November 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
Across Japan, sunflowers from Kitanakagusuku have been blooming. Recently, one after another, people have been reporting that sunflowers have bloomed from sunflower seeds that were distributed free-of-charge in May by three people from a group for revitalizing...

Nago kids harvest 20 kg of rice with sickles

Nago kids harvest 20 kg of rice with sickles

November 19, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, young members of the Deigo Rugby Football School, lead by Shingo Mekaru, visited a farm in Goga, Nago City, to experience rice harvesting. Twenty-one 1st-3rd graders used sickles to harvest approximately 20 kg of mochi rice.

The activity...

Miyako’s Sashiba migration survey reports 2,333 fewer birds than last year during “kanro”

Miyako’s Sashiba migration survey reports 2,333 fewer birds than last year during “kanro”

November 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Prefectural Government’s Nature Conservation Division and Miyako Island’s birding society, Miyako Yacho no Kai, led by Kunihiro Nakachi, reported the results of its annual sashiba (grey-faced buzzard) migratory bird survey. The survey...

Ginowan City hits population milestone with birth of 100,000th person

Ginowan City hits population milestone with birth of 100,000th person

November 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

In June, the population of Ginowan City reached 100,000. On October 21, the city invited the 100,000th resident, 0-year old Koharu Sueyoshi, her father Yohei, 31, and mother Chiharu, 30, to a ceremony held at the first-floor lobby of the City Hall. Koharu was...

Mahi-mahi sun drying process beings under autumn skies at Ginama Port

Mahi-mahi sun drying process beings under autumn skies at Ginama Port

October 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahito Arashiro

Kunigami Village’s autumnal tradition of sun-drying funuiyu (Okinawan for mahi-mahi) began in Ginama. The Funuiyu Festival is held annually around this time of the year at the Ginama fishing port, but this year it was canceled due...