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Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off

Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off

January 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taiwan cherries have begun blooming and attracting people to see them at Mt. Yaedake, Motobu. The Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival started on January 21 with the catchphrase of “One jump ahead.”

On January 19, the temperature in Ishigaki island reached a record high for that month of 25 degrees celsius. Kenji Takeuchi, who was visiting Okinawa with friends from Tokyo said, “The pale pink blossoms have a glamorous air to them.” He took...

 

Calling out Hoi to ward off evil spirits ― Satiparo held in Miyakojima

Calling out Hoi to ward off evil spirits ― Satiparo held in Miyakojima

January 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 17 at Uenonobaru in Miyakojima, a traditional ritual called satiparo was held. With children wearing masks and performing as a visiting deity pantu in the lead, wrapped in vines, women carrying yabunikkei twigs in their hands...

Aiming for the London Olympics – Korean national football squad in camp at Onna

Aiming for the London Olympics - Korean national football squad in camp at Onna

January 17, 2012 Takesaburo Koyama correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 6 to 10 at Akama Sports Park in Onna, 41 players for the Korean Olympic football squad went into a camp at which they made their final adjustments ahead of the Olympic Asian qualifying tournament. On January 6, a...

Narcissus flowers in full bloom in Ie Island

Narcissus flowers in full bloom in Ie Island

January 8, 2012 Yukito Kinjo correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Narcissus flowers are in bloom and brighten up the day of the villagers in 64 year-old Toshikazu Uchima’s Narcissus Gardens in Ie Island.

The gardens are located near Iejima Airport in Nishieue Ie Village, by the natural source...

Illuminated character of the Dragon set up by members of the 20th graduating class of Henza Junior High School shines brightly on the island

Illuminated character of the Dragon set up by members of the 20th graduating class of Henza Junior High School shines brightly on the island

January 7, 2011 Tsubaki Mekaru of the Ryukyu Shimpo

At two separate locations in Henza Island, to commemorate the zodiac sign of the old Chinese calendar, and the year in which they turn 60 years of age, about 20 volunteers of the 20th graduating class of Henza Junior High School of Yonagusuku...

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

December 29, 2011 Yoshikazu Miyazato correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of December 28, the first five humpback whales of this season were confirmed as being seen in the sea to the west side of Zamami Island. They are usually first seen in the middle of December, but this year sightings...

“It was discrimination that Okinawan people struggled against”
Misato High School broadcasting club completes a documentary on the Koza Riot

“It was discrimination that Okinawan people struggled against”<br/>Misato High School broadcasting club completes a documentary on the Koza Riot

December 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
On December 19, Misato High School broadcasting club completed a documentary film entitled Koza ga moeta hi (The day Koza burned), which was produced to commemorate the 40th anniversary last year of the Koza Riot. Additional interviews and some revisions...

Illuminations at Mabuni turned on in the hope of peace

Illuminations at Mabuni turned on in the hope of peace

December 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of December 16, a ceremony to commence the 13th Itoman City Peaceful Illumination, making a wish for peace, was held at Itoman Farm for Tourists in Mabuni, Itoman. It will be in place until January 3. Mayor of Itoman City, Hirotsune Uehara, the chairperson...

Tanadui Festival held in Taketomi Island with various performing arts

<em>Tanadui</em> Festival held in Taketomi Island with various performing arts

December 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 1, a traditional performing art for the dedication of the Tanadui Festival, which has been designated as an important intangible cultural property by the Japanese government, commenced at Yomochi-utaki on Taketomi Island. The island was crowded...

World’s Longest Ishigaki Kebab created to mark New Ishigaki Airport

World’s Longest Ishigaki Kebab created to mark New Ishigaki Airport

November 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 27, at the site of the planned construction of the New Ishigaki Airport in Shiraho, Ishigaki, the city held the “Ishigaki Beef BBQ Festival” and set a new Guinness World Record for the longest kebab-style BBQ. The kebab was measured at 107.6...

Ocean-lovers make a work of art with rubbish that has drifted ashore at Ishigaki Island

November 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 13, the third Ocean Love-Love Festival 2011 in Ishigaki Island was held to clean up the shore at the Akaishi coast in Ishigaki City. This year a total of 732 people participated in the event, the highest number to date. They collected items of rubbish...

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