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Promote Koza’s charms: number of Okinawa City’s tour guides reach 180

Promote Koza’s charms: number of Okinawa City’s tour guides reach 180

July 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa City—On July 16, the Okinawa City Tourism and Products Promotion Association (chaired by Takashi Shimabukuro) concluded its 15th tour-guide training program, which aims to cultivate leaders to disseminate Okinawa City’s diverse culture and history. With this year’s program conclusion, the total number of its graduates reached 180; about 140 of which registered with the association as certified tour guides, actively working with students visiting...

 

Comet NEOWISE photographed shining bright in predawn sky over Aguni

Comet NEOWISE photographed shining bright in predawn sky over Aguni

July 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Tomoe Oshiro

On July 12, Aguni-jima resident Masayoshi Shikata, 50, succeeded in photographing Comet NEOWISE (C/2020/F3).

Comet NEOWISE was discovered on March 28 (Japan time) through NASA’s infrared observation satellite NEOWISE. The comet...

Little terns: Nurturing love in material storage area

Little terns: Nurturing love in material storage area

July 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of little terns, an endangered migratory bird, are breeding in a material storage area located in the southern part of Okinawa’s main island. The area is managed by Naha City and Okinawa Prefecture. In recent years, the birds have increasingly been breeding...

JGSDF construction resumes in Ishigaki, but local residents voice their concerns

JGSDF construction resumes in Ishigaki, but local residents voice their concerns

June 11, 2020 by Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) resumed construction of a base in the Omata neighborhood of Hirae-Omata, Ishigaki June 10, as part of a larger plan to deploy the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to the region. On that day, loud construction...

Sea turtles return to Onna Village to nest after two years

Sea turtles return to Onna Village to nest after two years

June 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Kengo Kyan

Onna Village, Okinawa—On June 3, for the first time in two years, sea turtles were observed nesting at a beach in Nakadomari. Around 124 pink eggs the size of ping-pong balls were found. Terunobu Yamauchi, 82, who has been a conservationist for...

Baby bat found in motorcycle rescued, Naha City

Baby bat found in motorcycle rescued, Naha City

June 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Shimabukuro

A baby Orii’s flying-fox was found stuck inside the front wheel cover of a parked motorcycle in Izumizaki, Naha City, Okinawa, around 10 a.m. on June 3.

The bat pup was heard squeaking for its mother which was perched on a...

Drive-thru giveaway: come get a free tadpole or beetle from this local breeder

Drive-thru giveaway: come get a free tadpole or beetle from this local breeder

May 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Masayasu Minei

 

Yaga, Nago City—Nowadays, it is rare to see native species of tadpoles (takamah-mi in the Okinawan language), crucian carp (tah-iyu), stag beetles, and horned beetles; but Makoto Zamami, 70, has bred and propagated...

Nakijin Agu pigs may disappear and they need your help

Nakijin Agu pigs may disappear and they need your help

May 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Kina

Nakijin, Okinawa—The Nakijin Agu pork may disappear as sales have been disrupted by the novel coronavirus outbreak and its producer faces a business crisis. Nakijin Agu is said to be the only breed of pigs native to Okinawa, and unlike other...

Photo Gallery: Take a glimpse at 1950s postwar Okinawa

Photo Gallery: Take a glimpse at 1950s postwar Okinawa

May 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Kitanakagusuku—the non-profit organization Ryukyu America Historical Research Society (chaired by Shizuo Alex Kishaba) released 207 color photographs taken between 1952 and 1954 in a press release held at Ayakari no Mori on May 15. The pictures show...

Photos & video: Okinawa enters rainy season

Photos & video: Okinawa enters rainy season

May 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On May 11, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced that Okinawa appeared to have entered the rainy season. Okinawa is the second regional area of Japan to enter the wet season, following the Amami area which entered its rainy season...

Active Grandpa Turns 100 “I wish I were 18 or 19 Again!” To the Fields Again Today Mr. Yamajiro of Ie

Active Grandpa Turns 100 “I wish I were 18 or 19 Again!” To the Fields Again Today	Mr. Yamajiro of Ie

April 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yukito Kinjo

Ie – Mr. Yoshio Yamajiro of Nishiue, Ie Village drives his beloved tractor, humming a tune. Yoshio, who was born on April 10, 1920 and turned 100 years old this year, is an active “farmer-grandpa.” Hard of hearing and with mild pain in...