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Okinawa rail named Kyonkyon

Okinawa rail named Kyonkyon

February 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The name of the Okinawa rail that the learning center in the Ada district of Kunigami Village has been raising is Kyonkyon. Six-year-old Riria Kinjo of Hentona Kindergarten came up with the name. The center invited children, including Kinjo to hold a ceremony on February 15. Kinjo named the bird after its chirping sound, “kyokyo.” She said, “I am happy to be able to name the bird. I want to tell my friends about it.”

Six children...

 

Cherry blossom festival starts in Okinawa earlier than other parts of Japan

Cherry blossom festival starts in Okinawa earlier than other parts of Japan

January 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Cherry blossom festivals have started in Motobu and Nakijin earlier than other parts of Japan. The flowers are in full bloom at the event sites. Walking under trees with the flowers colored in various shades of pink, the participants celebrated the arrival of...

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...

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...