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Prayer for rain comes true in Kumejima

Prayer for rain comes true in Kumejima

August 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

For the first time in 15 years, on August 11 at Chinbe dunchi, in Nakachi, Kumejima Town held a ritual calling for rain. Chinbe dunchi is the main place of worship in Kumejima. About 150 residents, including Mayor Choko Taira prayed for rain. The town office said that it had not rained at all since July, and whether or not it was in answer to their prayers, it rained briefly after the ritual.

Noriko Shimabukuro who is a Chinbe, or Okinawan high priestess,...

 

Children enjoy survival camp on uninhabited island

Children enjoy survival camp on uninhabited island

August 15, 2013 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Okinawa Youth Friendship Center held a survival camp for children on an uninhabited island off Tokashiki from July 28 to August 3. Participants from all over the country took part in the camp on Gishippu Island,...

Kumejima tug-of-war, prayer for rain

Kumejima tug-of-war, prayer for rain

August 18, 2013 Tetsuya Nakajima, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The 13th Kumejima Festival revived the island’s great tug-of-war after a gap of 13 years in Hureai Park in Kumejima on August 17. Many locals and people from off the island took part in the event.

The rope used...

People enjoy seeing and collecting insects in Takae

People enjoy seeing and collecting insects in Takae

July 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 200 parents and children took part in an insect observation session at Takae in Higashi Village on July 21.

A member of the Lepidopterological Society of Japan’s Nature Conservation Committee, Akino Miyagi, gave a lecture. The participants enjoyed...

Pure white flowers in full bloom in northern Okinawa

Pure white flowers in full bloom in northern Okinawa

July 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the rainy season having finished, pure white flowers are in full bloom in the northern area of Okinawa. Their outstanding beauty captivates people in the lead-up to midsummer.

Tarenna gracilipes are found from the southern area of Kyushu down to Okinawa...

Shimabukuro becomes first Yakuzen Dietetics Master in Okinawa

Shimabukuro becomes first <em>Yakuzen</em> Dietetics Master in Okinawa

July 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chef at the Hotel Yugafuin in Nago, Go Shimabukuro, is the first person in Okinawa to pass the examination to become a Yakuzen Dietetics Master. Yakuzen is medically beneficial food based on the Chinese tradition that a balanced diet creates a healthy...

10,000 fireworks in Ocean Expo Park Summer Festival

10,000 fireworks in Ocean Expo Park Summer Festival

July 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A firework display was held in Motobu in the evening of July 13 as part of the Ocean Expo Park Summer Festival 2013. According to the organizer, 42,403 people attended the festival and enjoyed the sky lit up with 10,000 fireworks.

The festival unveiled “Suiku,”...

97-year-old motorcycle enthusiast gets new bike from children and grandchildren

97-year-old motorcycle enthusiast gets new bike from children and grandchildren

July 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ninety-seven-year-old Shinfuku Tamaki lives in Ogimi, which is known for the longevity of its residents.

Tamaki enjoys riding a 125cc motorcycle that his children and grandchildren gave him for his birthday this May.

He uses it to go from his house...

Miyagi Store opens a permanent retail space for Hokkaido products

Miyagi Store opens a permanent retail space for Hokkaido products

July 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyagi Store at the Ichiban Gai shopping avenue in the center of Okinawa City opened a permanent retail booth on July 5 for “Tastes of the North.” The store aims to promote products from Hokkaido. The store is doing this in cooperation with the Southern...

Nago Avenue becomes a transit mall

Nago Avenue becomes a transit mall

July 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nago Avenue Association turned Nago Avenue into a transit mall limiting car traffic on July 21. They held various events providing food, music and relaxation. The association plans to hold such events once every two months. Its head, Hitoshi Urasaki, said, “We...

Sunflowers in full bloom in Haebaru

Sunflowers in full bloom in Haebaru

July 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 25,000 sunflowers now as high as two meters are in full bloom in a 1,980 square-meter field in Miyahira, Haebaru. Local resident Shinsuke Arakaki owns the field.

Haebaru Town and the Town Tourist Association celebrated the sunflowers on July 10, but...

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