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Rare sighting of parent and child humpback whales off Kitanakagusuku’s East coast

Rare sighting of parent and child humpback whales off Kitanakagusuku’s East coast

 

February 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the morning of February 7 off the coast at Atsuta Harbor in Kitanakagusuku Village, a parent and child pair of humpback whales were spotted jumping up from the surface of the water in a behavior known as “breaching.”

A male employee of the Nanjo branch office of the Tsuhako Sashiki Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives captured a video of these whales.

He said, “I often see short-finned pilot whales, but...

 

Brilliant rainbow appears in Iriomote Island, “feels like a good omen”

Brilliant rainbow appears in Iriomote Island, “feels like a good omen”

February 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

(Iriomote Island, Taketomi) Around 4:00 p.m. on February 9, a rainbow exhibiting all seven colors distinctly appeared in Iriomote Island of Taketomi Town.

Residents and tourists gasped at the rainbow, which rose clearly all...

Black-faced spoonbill migrates to Okinawa for the winter

Black-faced spoonbill migrates to Okinawa for the winter

January 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The...

Beaming 20-year-olds celebrate at UNESCO site

Beaming 20-year-olds celebrate at UNESCO site

January 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

NAKIJIN—Coming-of-age Day is a national holiday celebrated annually on the second Monday of January.

Since ringing in the new year, municipalities all over Okinawa have hosted coming-of-age ceremonies for those who recently turned, or will...

Southern Cross viewing season arrives in Ishigakijima

Southern Cross viewing season arrives in Ishigakijima

December 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The season for viewing the Southern Cross, a constellation that symbolizes the southern sky, has arrived in Okinawa’s Yaeyama region.

In the early morning on December 20, the first photograph this winter of the Southern Cross was taken...

“I Lost My Voice:” Naha’s Giant Tug-of-War Unites Tourists and Locals

“I Lost My Voice:” Naha’s Giant Tug-of-War Unites Tourists and Locals

October 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

The 48th annual Naha Giant Tug-of-War took place at the Kumoji intersection on Route 58 on October 7. The event, organized by the Office of the Conservation Society of the Naha Giant Tug-of-War, lead to streets that brimmed with excitement...

Local residents enthusiastically celebrate traditional Great Tug-of-War of Henoko

Local residents enthusiastically celebrate traditional Great Tug-of-War of Henoko

August 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 19 the traditional Great Tug-of-War of Henoko was held at the Henoko Ground.

The community split into East and West teams for tug-of-war, and the West team won with one victory and one draw.

This event, where Henoko Ward reseidents...

Nakagusuku and Kitanagusuku residents’ group asks local sanitation association to refuse U.S. military waste collection

Nakagusuku and Kitanagusuku residents’ group asks local sanitation association to refuse U.S. military waste collection

 

March 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On March 16, a group of Nakagusuku Village and Kitanakagusuku Village residents who oppose collecting waste from the U.S. bases visited the Aobaen waste processing facility operated by Nakagusuku Village and Kitanakagusuku...

Enticed by the sunlight, white plum blossoms bloom in Genka, Nago

Enticed by the sunlight, white plum blossoms bloom in Genka, Nago

January 17, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Visitors are thronging to Genka, Nago in Okinawa Prefecture to see the charming white plum blossoms in full bloom along the road in the Ohshittai wetlands area.

 

The plum trees were planted by local residents. Spectators...

Spectators touring Zamami overjoyed to see leisurely whale

Spectators touring Zamami overjoyed to see leisurely whale

 

December 29, 2017

By Hirokazu Otsubo, Correspondent for the Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Zamami) This season’s whale watching tours started in Zamami Village on December 27.

On that day, a warden from the village’s Whale Watching Association spotted one humpback...

Yumeka the artistic elephant welcomed to Okinawa Zoo & Museum in hopes of getting pregnant

Yumeka the artistic elephant welcomed to Okinawa Zoo & Museum in hopes of getting pregnant

 

November 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Okinawa) On November 18, a welcome party was held for Yumeka,...