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“Try to imagine”–Okinawa Shogaku students teach Hiroshima high school students about the Battle of Okinawa, show them the footsteps of the Shiraume students

“Try to imagine”--Okinawa Shogaku students teach Hiroshima high school students about the Battle of Okinawa, show them the footsteps of the Shiraume students

April 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sanenori Kinjo

 

“Please try to imagine: girls just ten years old going to sleep only to be soon awoken and forced to work all day long under harsh conditions.”

On March 16, the Okinawa Shogaku Senior High School Regional Laboratory guided high school students visiting Okinawa for a school trip on a tour of the paths walked by the Shiraume students mobilized as nursing personnel during the Battle of Okinawa.

 

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Honoring generations of kings and praying for the restoration of Shuri Castle Ushimi at Tamaudun and Fungaku Sanryo

Honoring generations of kings and praying for the restoration of Shuri Castle  Ushimi at Tamaudun and Fungaku Sanryo

March 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 28, the Ushimi, a ritual visit, was performed at Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum in Shuri Kinjo and at Fungaku Sanryo in Shuri Yamagawa, both in Naha. Generations of monarchs of the Second Sho Dynasty of the Ryukyu Kingdom are entombed at...

Hoshinoya Taketomi-jima installs self-sufficient seawater desalination system, reducing plastic bottle waste

Hoshinoya Taketomi-jima installs self-sufficient seawater desalination system, reducing plastic bottle waste

March 13, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Under the management of General Manager Kaoru Honda, the resort hotel Hoshinoya Taketomi-jima in Taketomi-Cho, Taketomi Island, recently started supplying its drinking water by desalinating seawater. The hotel hopes to reduce plastic bottle waste,...

“Father of the sanshin” memorial unveiled on Tsuken Island, Uruma

“Father of the sanshin” memorial unveiled on Tsuken Island, Uruma

March 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tsuken Island, Uruma – A memorial and an explanatory sign were recently erected on Tsuken Island, the birthplace of Akainko, father of the sanshin. The memorial was prepared by the executive committee of a volunteer organization on the island that...

Buds glistening in the sunlight breathe spring into the Yambaru forest

Buds glistening in the sunlight breathe spring into the Yambaru forest

March 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Buds and new green leaves in the trees in the northern part of Okinawa Island mark the arrival of spring.

On March 3 the weather in this region was overcast. However, in the surroundings of Yofuke, Nago City, warm rays of sunlight shone down...

Reduce plastic use by making shell ginger baskets:      Farmer Chibana teaches a workshop

Reduce plastic use by making shell ginger baskets:      Farmer Chibana teaches a workshop

February 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takahiro Kina

 

Okinawa – On January 23, a basket weaving workshop using shell ginger for material was held at Go-ma House, a multipurpose space in Nakasone in Okinawa City.

 

The instructor was Yuko Chibana, a farmer...

Gutsy papaya overcoming adversity: Tree trunk growing through gaps in machinery bears fruit

Gutsy papaya overcoming adversity: Tree trunk growing through gaps in machinery bears fruit

February 9, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Mitsue Chinen

 

Ie – In Nishieue, Ie, a single papaya tree grows in front of a farmer’s shed. The roots are twisted and the trunk has forced its way through the gaps in a discarded piece of farm equipment, but this tree stubbornly continues...

Endangered Kentish plover flock flies over “valuable environment” planned for land reclamation

Endangered Kentish plover flock flies over “valuable environment” planned for land reclamation

February 10, 2021 Ryuyu Shimpo

 

A flock of migratory birds was seen on January 31 over the ocean in front of San-A Urasoe Nishikaigan Parco City. According to Chairman Masakuni Yamashiro of the Wild Bird Society of Okinawa, these migratory birds appear to be Kentish plovers. Chobin...

Giraffe calf born at Okinawa Zoo and Museum for first time in 14 years

Giraffe calf born at Okinawa Zoo and Museum for first time in 14 years

January 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

For the first time in 14 years, since 2007, a giraffe calf has been born at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum (Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni). The reticulated giraffe calf, born at 6:38 p.m. on January 20, is 1 meter and 65-70 centimeters tall and weighs 50 kilograms...

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...

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...