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Symposium promoting friendly Japan-China relations through languages held in Okinawa

Symposium promoting friendly Japan-China relations through languages held in Okinawa

July 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On 6 July, a symposium to promote a future of friendly Japan-China relations through the learning of languages was held at the Okinawa City Civic Hall in Yaeshima, Okinawa City. With Professor Moritake Tomikawa of the Okinawa International University as coordinator, panelists stressed that youths from both countries should interact through language learning.

Associate Professor Hong Chenhui from China’s Fujian Normal University, who has experience...

 

South American students visit Okinawa for cultural exchange with the elderly

South American students visit Okinawa for cultural exchange with the elderly

July 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

South American students of Okinawan descent took part in an extra-curricular course about Okinawa’s emigration history and South American cultures and lifestyles at the Okinawa Cultural Center in Okinawa City on July 3. About 40 elderly people from Peare Paradise...

Participants enjoy barrier-free diving in Okinawa

Participants enjoy barrier-free diving in Okinawa

June 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first barrier-free diving event, a scuba diving event for both able-bodied and disabled people, was held at Odo coast in Itoman on June 8. Eight participants enjoyed an undersea environment.

After listening to underwater diving instructions from the event...

Giant bluefin tuna caught off Kumejima Island

Giant bluefin tuna caught off Kumejima Island

June 15, 2014 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A fisherman from Kumejima, now in the middle of bluefin tuna fishing season, caught a giant bluefin tuna weighing 330 kilograms and measuring 2.5 meters in length on June 16th. Seiji Higa is captain of Kumi Maru, a vessel belonging...

Itoman Harley dragon-boat race held

Itoman <em>Harley</em> dragon-boat race held

June 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4 of the old lunar calendar (June 1), also known as Yukka-nu-hi, Harley dragon-boat races were held in various locations around Okinawa to wish for a safe and prosperous fishing season.

The Harley race held at the Itoman Fishing...

2.7-meter long moray captured

2.7-meter long moray captured

April 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ballroom dance instructor and hobby-fisherman Minoru Higa has caught a 2.7-meter long moray. He said of the catch, “It was a hard work.” Before being pulled in, it struggled to escape, and swam back and forth for 50 meters along the dock.

On the...

Okinawan radio station to support peace-keeping in East Timor

Okinawan radio station to support peace-keeping in East Timor

April 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A community radio station of the Yomitan Village FM Yomitan began a project with nonprofit organization Okinawa Peace Assistance Center. They have set up a radio station in East Timor aimed at preventing conflict. The radio station starts broadcasting in September....

Okinawan Peruvian begins sales of Peruvian liquor Pisco

Okinawan Peruvian begins sales of Peruvian liquor Pisco

April 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A new bar serving the Peruvian liquor pisco has opened in the Adaniya district of Kitanakagusuku. Sixty-six-year-old Miguel Gusukuma, a second generation Okinawan Peruvian from Kitanakagusuku, is the only person of Okinawan descent in Peru who produces pisco, which...

Nerpai ritual for charm against Tsunami

<em>Nerpai</em> ritual for charm against Tsunami

April 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Gusukube district of Miyakojima City on April 8, people carried out a traditional Ryukyuan ritual Nerpai to pray for a good harvest and set up charms against tsunami.

About 30 citizens of two villages, Sunagawa and Tomori, took part in the ritual....

Kangaroo Yayoi turns one

Kangaroo Yayoi turns one

March 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Zoo & Museum held the first birthday party of kangaroo Yayoi on March 30.
Many parents and children took part and presented a cake made of Yayoi’s favorite vegetables and fruits.

According to a member of the breeding staff Akari...

New green leaves mark the beginning of spring in Okinawa

New green leaves mark the beginning of spring in Okinawa

March 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

New green leaves have grown from the buds in the northern part of Okinawa, marking the beginning of spring.

On March 16, a clear day, people visited Nagao bridge on Okuni forest road in Kunigani Village to view the new green leaves.

On warm days in...

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