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Sutsuupunaka celebration for a full harvest held in Tarama

<em>Sutsuupunaka</em> celebration for a full harvest held in Tarama

June 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From May 31 to June 2, the harvest festival Sutsuupunaka was held at four sites in Tarama, with all the villagers hoping for a year with a good harvest and prosperity.

Based on their respective roles, groups called za are formed for each of four ceremony sites of Nagashiga, Fudaya, Piejuni and Areeki. The busha-za group makes and serves libation called misu, and the kuban-za group cooks the food. On May 31, the villagers...

 

Twenty people return to Shimoji Island 50 years after it was deserted

Twenty people return to Shimoji Island 50 years after it was deserted

May 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 20, people born on Shimoji Island, which is administered as part of Taketomi and has been deserted since 1962, chartered a dive boat to visit the island with their families on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of their departure. In spite of bad weather,...

Passersby rescue stray loggerhead turtle on road

Passersby rescue stray loggerhead turtle on road

May 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

After 5:00am on May 21, on the road at Hentona in Kunigami, a driver on Route 58 found a loggerhead turtle, which is designated as an endangered species. In the brisk hours of the early morning, passersby and police officers cooperated to get the turtle back to the...

Model designed for the redevelopment of land occupied by Futenma Air Station

Model designed for the redevelopment of land occupied by Futenma Air Station

May 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A large-scale model made in 1995 by students of Futenma High School to reflect what the redevelopment of land currently used by the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma might look like, has been on displayed in the library of Motobu High School since May 10.

The...

Ishigaki Island to erect a monument to Taiwanese immigrants

Ishigaki Island to erect a monument to Taiwanese immigrants

May 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been decided that a monument to the Taiwanese farmers who emigrated to Ishigaki island in the prewar period and introduced agricultural know-how by bringing a water buffalo and pineapples to the island, will be set up in the car park of Nagura Dam in Ishigaki....

1000 people perform in the annual music festival on Hatoma Island

1000 people perform in the annual music festival on Hatoma Island

May 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 3, the 15th Hatoma Island Music Festival was held in the plaza in front of the community center on Hatoma Island. About 1000 people from all over Japan visited the island that normally has a population of just 63 people.

In addition to famous musicians,...

Large manbika fish served in Kitanakagusuku school lunches

Large <em>manbika</em> fish served in Kitanakagusuku school lunches

May 18, 2012 Yukito Toyama of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 10, Children’s Day, the Kitanakagusuku Elementary School served grilled common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) or manbika in Uchinaguchi in school lunches, cooking the fish in its original shape in the likeness of...

Uruma resident feeds blue rock thrush by hand

Uruma resident feeds blue rock thrush by hand

May 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A family of blue rock thrush make an appearance picking food from a man’s hand in Midorimachi, Uruma.
Seiki Agena has been feeding them breadcrumbs from the middle of April. From this month they have come with their four little ones, and have started to take...

Goat-fighting or pijaorasai held on Sesoko Island

Goat-fighting or <em>pijaorasai</em> held on Sesoko Island

May 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4, at the Nakata Shokai in Sesoko, Motobu, the annual goat-fighting, or pijaorasai event was held. Goats from Sesoko Island and Katsuyama in Nago took part in 16 bouts. Surrounded by the smell of goat soup, they smashed their horns against each other...

Bands perform in Henoko

Bands perform in Henoko

May 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

To revitalize Henoko in Nago, the Henoko Light Music Club, an amateur music group of local musicians gave a lively performance. On April 28, four bands played folk songs at a restaurant in Henoko, with people enjoying the music in the hope that the performance will...

Giant crane ship lifts down a 140-meter long and 1300-ton box girder onto the Irabu-Ohashi Bridge

Giant crane ship lifts down a 140-meter long and 1300-ton box girder onto the Irabu-Ohashi Bridge

May 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 28, at Miyakojima City, bridging work commenced on the Irabu-Ohashi between Irabu Island and Miyako Island. On the Irabu Island side of the bridge, the second-largest crane ship in Japan, which is capable of lifting and installing offshore structures up to...