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A Field Blanketed in Yellow Sunflowers in Full Bloom in Kumejima

A Field Blanketed in Yellow Sunflowers in Full Bloom in Kumejima

March 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kumejima – Enormous sunflower blossoms invite huge smiles. A field in Janadou, Kumejima is blanketed with yellow sunflowers.

Tourists stop to enjoy the contrast between the flowers and the blue sky.

The sunflower field is close to the Kumejima Eef Beach Hotel. Large sunflowers cover the approximately 50-meter field.

A young office worker visiting from Naha says, “I’ve never seen sunflowers blanketing a field like this.” She adds,...

 

Injured Okinawa woodpecker returns to wild after three months of rehab

Injured Okinawa woodpecker returns to wild after three months of rehab

March 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kunigami, Okinawa—In the afternoon on March 16, a rescued Okinawa woodpecker was released back into the wild in Ada, Kunigami, where it was found injured. Okinawa woodpeckers are an endangered species and also designated a special national treasure. The bird was...

Crimson deigo flowers bloom brilliantly in the chilly spring weather

Crimson deigo flowers bloom brilliantly in the chilly spring weather

March 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, high atmospheric pressure brought clear skies to the Okinawa region. Okinawa’s official flower, the deigo, of the legume family, was in full bloom at the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park in Okinawa City, to the delight of visitors to the park....

What is eisa? Lecture series attracts 270 participants

What is eisa?  Lecture series attracts 270 participants

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Eisa Museum (Eisa Kaikan) opened two years ago in Koza Music Town, Okinawa City, as a hub to inform on all things eisa—a traditional Okinawan performance.

Its main project, the “Eisa University” lecture series, has been gained popularity.

The...

Jade Vine in Bloom Best Time to See the Enchanting Greenery

Jade Vine in Bloom  Best Time to See the Enchanting Greenery

March 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the home of Chieko Yogi in Shuritera, Naha, a jade vine is blooming beautifully.

Her neighbors are enjoying the lovely jade color. According to Yogi, the flowers will probably last until the end of March.

The jade vine is a climbing plant native...

Invited by the Sunlight A Pair of Okinawa Rails Getting Along in Aha, Kunigami

Invited by the Sunlight A Pair of Okinawa Rails Getting Along in Aha, Kunigami

February 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kunigami – On the morning of February 22, a pair of what appeared to be Okinawa rails (yambaru kuina) were observed engaging in mating behavior on an agricultural road in Aha, Kunigami.

The Okinawa rail is a Natural Monument of Japan. The adorable pair...

In Okinawa, the Cosmos are in Full Bloom! “I Came After Seeing it on Instagram” Rice Fields in Igei, Kin

In Okinawa, the Cosmos are in Full Bloom! “I Came After Seeing it on Instagram” Rice Fields in Igei, Kin

February 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Igei, Kin is a prominent rice-growing region in Okinawa. In the Igei rice fields, cosmos flowers are in full bloom. The beautiful weather on February 20th brought people to the fields to be delighted by the colorful flowers swaying in the wind.

In December...

Nakijin Castle cherry blossoms create wondrous scene for Nakijin Castle Cherry Blossom Festival

Nakijin Castle cherry blossoms create wondrous scene for Nakijin Castle Cherry Blossom Festival

January 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Prior to the 13th annual Nakijin Castle Cherry Blossom Festival (sponsored by the action committee for the festival), the start of which is February 1, preparations for lighting up the cherry trees and Nakijin Castle were underway.

The cold on the night...

Prior to felling a large 120-year-old tree, Oura Ward residents hold a memorial ceremony

Prior to felling a large 120-year-old tree, Oura Ward residents hold a memorial ceremony

January 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 4, prior to felling the “Gajimaru of Oura Asagi Garden”, which is a gajumaru tree (Ficus microcarpa) that has aged more than 120 years, a memorial service was held at Asagi Garden (in the public square in front of the public hall) in Oura Ward,...

Locals complain of tourists trespassing to take Instagram photos on “sacred island” Kudakajima

Locals complain of tourists trespassing to take Instagram photos on “sacred island” Kudakajima

Yo Kakazu

(Nanjo) Kudakajima Island, part of Nanjo City, is known as a sacred place in Okinawa, and roughly 60 thousand people visit there each year.

Many tourists have been trespassing in off-limits sacred spots (utaki) and waters, and islanders who have worked to protect the ancient...

After 69 years of marriage, Tomi and Yukichi finally get the wedding they were denied by parents’ opposition

After 69 years of marriage, Tomi and Yukichi finally get the wedding they were denied by parents’ opposition

September 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Yo Kakazu

(Nanjo) Clothed in a wedding dress, Tomi said, “at last.” On August 30, Tomi, 87, and Yukichi, 86, finally celebrated their matrimony as bride and groom after 69 years of marriage. At the time of their marriage, they were unable to celebrate...