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Special exhibit reflects on 50 years since the Koza Riots, open through January 2021

Special exhibit reflects on 50 years since the Koza Riots, open through January 2021

October 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 20, 2020, will mark 50 years to the day since a riot broke out in Okinawa City (former Koza City) following a U.S. serviceman striking an Okinawan in a car accident; in what became to be known as the Koza Riots, protesters set fire to U.S. military vehicles. On October 13, Histreet—an Okinawa City gallery for postwar culture and history, opened its special exhibit titled, Reflecting on the ‘Koza Riots’ 50 Years Later. The exhibit shines light...

 

Gobbling up a celebratory bouquet: Okinawa Zoo & Museum celebrates its oldest animals on Respect for the Aged Day

Gobbling up a celebratory bouquet: Okinawa Zoo & Museum celebrates its oldest animals on Respect for the Aged Day

October 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Kina

Okinawa – On Respect for the Aged Day, September 21, the Okinawa Zoo & Museum celebrated the longevity of its oldest animals. Individual celebrations were held in front of the enclosures of eight animals of seven different species,...

Gifting project seeks sanshin donations to send to France

Gifting project seeks sanshin donations to send to France

October 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The executive committee of the project to “gift sanshin to Okinawan brothers around the world” (Sekai no Kyodai e Sanshin wo Okuru Purojekuto) is asking for donations of sanshin (Okinawan banjo) and sanshin cases. The group’s goal is to pass on the uchinanchu...

Okichan, star of dolphin show holds Japan’s longest rearing record at 46 years

Okichan, star of dolphin show holds Japan’s longest rearing record at 46 years

October 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okichan Theater is located at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, and is named after Okichan, the female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin. She has been with the park for 46 years and currently holds the longest dolphin rearing record in Japan for the same species....

Ryukyu Mura poster girl who sings, dances, and plays the sanshin says she is “only 100” and that the source of health is to smile often

Ryukyu Mura poster girl who sings, dances, and plays the sanshin says she is “only 100” and that the source of health is to smile often

September 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

(Yomitan) On September 16, a birthday party for Umeto Yamashiro, age 99, of Owan, Yomitan, who is active as the “poster girl” for the Okinawa tourism theme park “Ryukyu Mura” in Onna, was held at the day service center “Ikiru Ie”...

In Tokashiki, dragonflies and winter birds announce the arrival of autumn

In Tokashiki, dragonflies and winter birds announce the arrival of autumn

September 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

Countless dragonflies and winter birds in search of food have appeared in the mountains and paddy fields of Tokashiki Island, announcing the arrival of fall after the tropical storm Haishen hit the region.

Dozens of winter birds...

Readers respond to AMICUS student’s Okinawa Memorial Day poem

Readers respond to AMICUS student’s Okinawa Memorial Day poem

September 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hironori Sunakawa

 

“We use a special key to open the door to peace.” So begins the poem The Door to Peace, written by Maharo Kitakado, 10, a fifth-grade student at AMICUS International School in Uruma...

In Tarama, 30 green sea turtles hatch and make their way to the sea

In Tarama, 30 green sea turtles hatch and make their way to the sea

August 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Megumi Kiyomura

(Tarama) On July 25, around 30 green sea turtles hatched on the beach on the northern side of Tarama Village, Okinawa. The turtles were discovered by 7th grader Kazuki Kiyomura, age 13, of Tarama. The turtles determinedly making their way...

Fifteen Shisa statues at Ginowan City Hall wear masks in spite of the blazing sun

Fifteen Shisa statues at Ginowan City Hall wear masks in spite of the blazing sun

August 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginowan – At the entrance of Ginowan City Hall on Route 330, fifteen shisa statues, which guard against evil, have donned masks to promote prevention of the spread of the novel coronavirus. The shisa statues wear their masks and watch over the people of the city....

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...

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...