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Peace Illumination – 300,000 lights in Itoman

Peace Illumination - 300,000 lights in Itoman

December 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 15th Itoman Peace Illumination started at the Itoman Tourist Farm in Mabuni, Itoman on December 14. This year’s theme is the prayer of light to connect people. About 300,000 lights were lit up at the same time.

The lights are on from 6.00pm to 10.00 p.m. and until midnight on December 31.
Itoman Mayor Hirotsune Uehara, the head of the executive committee of the event, said, “We would like the event to contribute to creating a peaceful...

 

Drying dolphinfish in the sun in Kunigami

Drying dolphinfish in the sun in Kunigami

November 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The drying of dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus, otherwise known as mahi-mahi) in the sun, an autumn...

100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

November 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and the Ryukyu Shimpo held the 100th All Okinawa...

Over 30,000 grey-faced buzzards fly to Miyako

Over 30,000 grey-faced buzzards fly to Miyako

October 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, the Nature Conservation Section of the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Wild Bird Society of Miyako announced that the number of gray-faced buzzards observed at two spots in Miyako-jima City has reached 31,833. This is the first time since...

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...

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...