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Refreshing! Time to Harvest Unripe Shikuwasa

Refreshing! Time to Harvest Unripe Shikuwasa

September 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It is currently the best time to harvest unripe shikuwasa, a fruit commonly used in cooking and known for its characteristic refreshing aroma. On the morning of September 1, farmers in Kijoka in Ogimi, the center of Shikuwasa production, were out in the fields using special scissors to cut the fruit one-by-one from the trees, careful to avoid damaging the fruits.

 

According to the farmer Takeshi Oshiro, unripe shikuwasa will...

 

Four Goat Kids Born in One Month at Hentona High School in Ogimi

Four Goat Kids Born in One Month at Hentona High School in Ogimi

August 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Ogimi – In the approximately one month from late June to late July, four goat kids were born one after the other at Hentona High School in Ogimi, a town close to a forest that is a natural heritage site. The four goats were born to three of the...

Twenty-Four Accidents Involving Yambaru Kuina This Year More Accidents than Last Year, Clinics are “At Capacity”

Twenty-Four Accidents Involving Yambaru Kuina This Year  More Accidents than Last Year, Clinics are “At Capacity”

July 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

There have been multiple traffic accidents in Yambaru (northern part of the main island) involving Yambaru kuina (Okinawa rails), a species of bird that is registered as a Natural Monument of Japan. As of July 28, 24 such accidents had been confirmed...

“I Want to Bring Back the Rice Fields” Cultivating Unused Land and Revitalizing Rice Farms that Supported an Island

“I Want to Bring Back the Rice Fields”  Cultivating Unused Land and Revitalizing Rice Farms that Supported an Island

July 18, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideaki Yoneda

 

Tokashiki – The first rice harvest began in early July in Tokashiki. Currently, there are only three rice-farming households in the town that are growing rice for their own use. One farmer, Shigemitsu...

Endangered Hawksbill Turtle lays eggs on Itoman Coast: “First time in my life!” says turtle-lover Tokumura

Endangered Hawksbill Turtle lays eggs on Itoman Coast: “First time in my life!” says turtle-lover Tokumura

July 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 12, an endangered hawksbill sea turtle was seen laying her eggs on the coast of Itoman. Koki Tokumura, a resident known by locals and on the radio as a lover of turtles discovered the nest and took a video. “It’s the first time in my life...

In Iejima, students learn of two soldiers who lived in a tree for two years, not knowing the war was over

In Iejima, students learn of two soldiers who lived in a tree for two years, not knowing the war was over

July 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Mitsue Chinen

 

(Ie) With the aim of teaching about the tragedy of battle on Iejima and instilling a wish for peace, Ie Elementary School (principal: Kyoko Kohatsu) has established a curriculum for first-grade to sixth-grade students, adapted...

Lotus flowers announce the arrival of summer in the water garden at Okinawa’s Southeast Botanical Gardens

Lotus flowers announce the arrival of summer in the water garden at Okinawa’s Southeast Botanical Gardens

June 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa – Lotus flowers are in bloom at the Southeast Botanical Gardens in Okinawa City, announcing the arrival of summer to visitors. According to staff at the gardens, there are mainly two varieties of lotus, including shokkoren, at Okinawa’s...

Okinawa City to research potential effects of joint military/civilian use of Kadena Air Base

Okinawa City to research potential effects of joint military/civilian use of Kadena Air Base

June 18, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Shimabukuro

Okinawa City has incorporated “working on research studies and activities appealing to the national government” regarding the joint military/civilian use of Kadena Air Base into the early stages basic plan of the city’s...

Leatherworker Kinjo receives praise throughout Japan: turning sharkskin into appealing products like wallets and bags

Leatherworker Kinjo receives praise throughout Japan: turning sharkskin into appealing products like wallets and bags

June 11, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Sanemichi Kinjo

Nanjo – In Taira Ozato, there is a leatherworker who turns the skins of culled sharks into products. Ryuma Kinjo (Naha) has already made 200 sharkskin products such as wallets and bags. He explains, “I want to give sharks that were killed...

The scent of powder puff flowers wafts through the streets on summer nights in Naha City

The scent of powder puff flowers wafts through the streets on summer nights in Naha City

June 11, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The best time to see the powder puff trees (Barringtonia racemosa) in front of Palette Kumoji in Kumoji, Naha City has arrived. When early evening rolls around the tuft-like flowers bloom and release their characteristic scent, and the feel...

Tontonmi dance of love – Spring tide in Okinawa, Sashiki Higata

Tontonmi dance of love - Spring tide in Okinawa, Sashiki Higata

May 28, 2021  Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Among the mangroves of Sashiki Higata in Sashiki Fusozaki, Nanjo, Okinawa, the mating season of the barred mudskipper (tontonmi), which began at the start of spring, continues. On May 27, when a spring tide occurred, males could be seen engaging...