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Symposium to mark 50th anniversary of discovery of Iriomote wild cat

Symposium to mark 50th anniversary of discovery of Iriomote wild cat

June 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Iriomote wild cats, classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, can only be found on Iriomote Island in Taketomi Town. On the afternoon of June 28, a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of its discovery was held at Ishigaki Citizen Hall. Professor of the University of the Ryukyus, Masako Izawa, delivered a keynote lecture on the issue of the protection of the Iriomote rare species. Event participants discussed...

 

Okinawa City to market itself as cosmopolitan

Okinawa City to market itself as cosmopolitan

June 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6, an Okinawa City Multiple Culture Community Promotion Association was inaugurated in the Nakasone district of Okinawa city. Takahiro Kina, who served as head of the Okinawa City International Exchange Association, founded the new organization to promote...

400 year-old Sagaribana blooms in Okinawa

400 year-old Sagaribana blooms in Okinawa

May 17, 2015 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo 

A Sagaribana tree, also known as Sawafuji (Barringtonia racemosa,) could be seen blossoming in Tokashiki Village on May 8. The tree has been growing there for a long time, alongside the Tokashiki River on the west side of the...

Disabled seniors pass level 4 English Language Proficiency test at their first attempt

Disabled seniors pass level 4 English Language Proficiency test at their first attempt

May 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-one-year-old Nobuko Yoza and 66-year-old Tomoko Taira, who are both members of a center for the disabled, have passed level four of the Eiken English Language Proficiency test. The Toyanosato facility is located in the Toya district of Yomitan. Yoza and Taira...

Earliest summer firework display held in Ginowan

Earliest summer firework display held in Ginowan

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tens of thousands of fireworks lit up the skies over Ginowan on the evening of April 12. Despite persistent rain, spectators at the Ryukyu Kaien Festival were treated to a spectacular display synchronized to music. One of the fireworks was produced by highly acclaimed...

A baby elephant meets the Okinawan public

A baby elephant meets the Okinawan public

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Visitors to Okinawa Zoo and Museum got their first chance to meet a new baby Indian elephant on April 11. About 500 people turned up to catch a glimpse of the female calf and her mother Ryuka. The baby spent much of her time in the spotlight snuggling up to her...

Okinawa Coffee Production Association aims to establish Okinawan coffee brand

Okinawa Coffee Production Association aims to establish Okinawan coffee brand

March 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Coffee Production Association consists of 21 coffee producers in Okinawa. On March 12, the association launched a general incorporated association; “Okinawan Coffee and Tropical fruits Study Society.” The association has registered the new...

Multinational party held in monorail attracts 130 people

Multinational party held in monorail attracts 130 people

March 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A monorail station and a train have been transformed into a party venue. On February 28, an international exchange event, “English Network Dinner” was held at Shuri station on the Okinawa City Monorail Line, or Yui Rail. The event participants got to...

Samba duo Miyagi sisters become tourism ambassadors for Ogimi Village

Samba duo Miyagi sisters become tourism ambassadors for Ogimi Village

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 16, the Samba duo Miyagi sisters became the first tourism ambassadors for Ogimi Village. Their parents were from the Nerome district of the village. The Miyagi sisters have been participating actively in Brazil where samba dance originated. A spokesperson...

Symposium on Karate and Chinese Martial Arts held in Urasoe

Symposium on Karate and Chinese Martial Arts held in Urasoe

February 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Urasoe City Tedako Hall on January 25, the Urasoe City Education Board held a symposium to trace the roots of karate. Many experts of Chinese martial arts and karate took the podium. They announced research results on the history, relationship, and similarities...

A 220-kilo Bluefin tuna, the first of the year, thrills Hentona fishing port

A 220-kilo Bluefin tuna, the first of the year, thrills Hentona fishing port

January 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The first Bluefin tuna for this year was landed at Hentona fishing port on January 27. The welcomed “first catch” thrilled the people at the port.

Tsuyoshi Machida, 38-year-old fisherman, sailed out to the sea off Iheya on the 24th. In the...

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