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Giant bluefin tuna caught off Kumejima Island

Giant bluefin tuna caught off Kumejima Island

June 15, 2014 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A fisherman from Kumejima, now in the middle of bluefin tuna fishing season, caught a giant bluefin tuna weighing 330 kilograms and measuring 2.5 meters in length on June 16th. Seiji Higa is captain of Kumi Maru, a vessel belonging to the Fisheries Cooperative Association of Kumejima Island. After catching the fish, Higa returned to Kanegusuku port, where locals and the people involved gathered and applauded his achievement.

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Itoman Harley dragon-boat race held

Itoman <em>Harley</em> dragon-boat race held

June 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4 of the old lunar calendar (June 1), also known as Yukka-nu-hi, Harley dragon-boat races were held in various locations around Okinawa to wish for a safe and prosperous fishing season.

The Harley race held at the Itoman Fishing...

2.7-meter long moray captured

2.7-meter long moray captured

April 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ballroom dance instructor and hobby-fisherman Minoru Higa has caught a 2.7-meter long moray. He said of the catch, “It was a hard work.” Before being pulled in, it struggled to escape, and swam back and forth for 50 meters along the dock.

On the...

Okinawan radio station to support peace-keeping in East Timor

Okinawan radio station to support peace-keeping in East Timor

April 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A community radio station of the Yomitan Village FM Yomitan began a project with nonprofit organization Okinawa Peace Assistance Center. They have set up a radio station in East Timor aimed at preventing conflict. The radio station starts broadcasting in September....

Okinawan Peruvian begins sales of Peruvian liquor Pisco

Okinawan Peruvian begins sales of Peruvian liquor Pisco

April 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A new bar serving the Peruvian liquor pisco has opened in the Adaniya district of Kitanakagusuku. Sixty-six-year-old Miguel Gusukuma, a second generation Okinawan Peruvian from Kitanakagusuku, is the only person of Okinawan descent in Peru who produces pisco, which...

Nerpai ritual for charm against Tsunami

<em>Nerpai</em> ritual for charm against Tsunami

April 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Gusukube district of Miyakojima City on April 8, people carried out a traditional Ryukyuan ritual Nerpai to pray for a good harvest and set up charms against tsunami.

About 30 citizens of two villages, Sunagawa and Tomori, took part in the ritual....

Kangaroo Yayoi turns one

Kangaroo Yayoi turns one

March 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Zoo & Museum held the first birthday party of kangaroo Yayoi on March 30.
Many parents and children took part and presented a cake made of Yayoi’s favorite vegetables and fruits.

According to a member of the breeding staff Akari...

New green leaves mark the beginning of spring in Okinawa

New green leaves mark the beginning of spring in Okinawa

March 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

New green leaves have grown from the buds in the northern part of Okinawa, marking the beginning of spring.

On March 16, a clear day, people visited Nagao bridge on Okuni forest road in Kunigani Village to view the new green leaves.

On warm days in...

A dog recovers from paraplegia one year after a hit and run accident

A dog recovers from paraplegia one year after a hit and run accident

March 14, 2014 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

A popular one-year-old male dog named Saburo energetically plays around the coast in Itoman, running in the sea spray to the amusement of locals at Fisher Craft Center. A hit-and-run accident left him a paraplegic last summer. He lost his rear left...

People in traditional Ryukyuan costume parade for Doll’s Festival

People in traditional Ryukyuan costume parade for Doll's Festival

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

For the Doll’s Festival, people dressed in traditional Ryukyuan costume walked through the streets in a michijune parade in the First Commercial Avenue in Okinawa City on March 1.

One hundred people dressed in bright costumes paraded down the...

Comedy Futenma Theater sparks discussion on redevelopment of US military base site

Comedy Futenma Theater sparks discussion on redevelopment of US military base site

February 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 16, the Owarai Futenma Gekijo, or Comedy Futenma Theater was held at Jubilance wedding center in Ginowan.

Popular Okinawan comedians performed on the stage, incorporating ideas from the audience about how to use the land returned from the...