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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 and Taiwan. It has five straight petals, each about one centimeter in length. People compare the beauty of the petals to that of a woman’s lips.

The petals of Clematis meyeniana form a...

 

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...

Pupils pick tea in Nago

Pupils pick tea in Nago

July 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eleven pupils of Nago City Inada Elementary School picked tea in the tea garden at Goga on July 5.

Staff of the Tea Producers Association of the JA Okinawa showed the pupils what to do. The children enjoyed making tea using traditional methods and hoped that...

Noguchigera released after road accident

Noguchigera released after road accident

July 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A noguchigera, or Okinawa woodpecker, a species designated as a special national treasure, has recovered from injuries suffered in a road accident. It was released in Jashiki, Kunigami, about six kilometers off the road on July 8.

This is the first time that...

Milky Way shines in Star Festival on Yonaguni

Milky Way shines in Star Festival on Yonaguni

July 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

People in Kubura on Yonaguni Island saw the Milky Way in the southeastern sky the day before the Star Festival on July 7.
To the naked eye, the Milky Way looked like a white, blurry cloud extending from the southeastern to the eastern sky, but a camera using...

Mural of coral in Okinawa

Mural of coral in Okinawa

June 23, 2013 Kyoko Agarie, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Coral Preservation Association is trying to preserve coral by informing residents in Serikyaku on Izena Island about its importance. On June 14, the association worked with children to complete a large mural on the back of the...