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Floss silk trees in full bloom

Floss silk trees in full bloom

October 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Floss silk trees in full bloom in various parts of Okinawa add a slash of color to the prefecture’s streets and towns. Seventy-seven-year-old Naha resident Masahiro Sakumoto enjoys looking at the beautifully formed flowers on a tree in his garden.
The bright pink flowers fascinated people walking by under the blue sky on October 30.

Sakumoto’s father planted the tree more than 50 years ago and has carefully looked after it ever since. Sakumoto...

 

270,000 people take part in huge tug of war in Naha

270,000 people take part in huge tug of war in Naha

October 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 43rd Naha Ozunahiki (Naha Tug of War) was held at the Kumoji intersection of Route 58, in Naha on October 13. According to the organizers, about 277,000 people took part. The people pulled on a giant straw rope 200 meters long and weighing 43 tons, which the...

Kin Town resident to take part in Asian Youth Para Games

Kin Town resident to take part in Asian Youth Para Games

October 6, 2013 Masatoshi Itokazu, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginoza High School student Keisuke Shiroma told the town mayor on October 2 that he will represent Japan in the Asian Youth Para Games to be held in Malaysia from October 26.

Shiroma has won five consecutive titles in...

Okinawan latin singer sings in Okinawan dialect

Okinawan latin singer sings in Okinawan dialect

October 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Latin singer Yuki Taira sings songs in the Okinawan dialect. On October 3, Taira held a concert at the community hall in Ada, Kunigami, where she graduated from elementary and junior high schools.

Ada Elementary School held the concert as part of career...

Nago man donates clothing to Cambodia despite rare disorder

Nago man donates clothing to Cambodia despite rare disorder

September 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Despite struggling with a rare inherited muscle disorder known as hypokalemic periodic paralysis, Nago resident Tsubasa Ishikawa does volunteer work sending clothing to children in Cambodia. Ishikawa received a certificate of appreciation from a Cambodian nongovernmental...

Elementary and junior highschool students on Aguni Island take part in product development class

Elementary and junior highschool students on Aguni Island take part in product development class

September 16, 2013 Yusho Namihira, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

All the students in Aguni Elementary and Junior High School took part in a product development class on September 6. The class was a part of a career education support project run on Aguni.

In the class, for several...

Former University of the Ryukyus engineering official contributes 200 kilogram giant clam to Nago City

Former University of the Ryukyus engineering official contributes 200 kilogram giant clam to Nago City

September 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eighty-four-year-old Hideo Nakamura used to conduct submersible surveys in various areas in Okinawa as an engineering official at the University of the Ryukyus. Nakamura contributed a 200 kilogram giant clam, barrel sponges and fishing gear to Nago Museum on...

Okinawa City starts virtual broadcasting station Koza TV

Okinawa City starts virtual broadcasting station Koza TV

August 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From the beginning of July, the Okinawa City Culture Tourism Division has started a virtual broadcasting station called Koza TV. Through their website they introduce events, key people and behind-the-scenes information on economic development projects in Okinawa...

Climax of Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

Climax of Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

September 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifteen groups took part in the final day of the 58th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival in Okinawa City on September 1. The city is widely recognized as a symbol of eisa dance. People from inside and outside the city took part in the festival.

The crowd was...

Tokashiki Village office worker debuts as mixed martial arts fighter

Tokashiki Village office worker debuts as mixed martial arts fighter

September 1, 2013 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirty-five-year-old Tokashiki Village employee Kiyoya Toyama made his debut in a mixed martial arts event held in Matsuyama, Naha on August 25.

Fighting under the ring name Hija Devil, Toyama is the first mixed martial...

Unjami Festival in Ogimi

<em>Unjami</em> Festival in Ogimi

August 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Unjami Festival was held in Shioya Bay and other areas of Ogimi on August 25. Designated as one of Japan’s significant intangible folk cultural assets, the event features the Ugan Barley dragon boat race and Okinawan shaman or kaminchu...

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