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“We love Koza” – people come together in former GI town

February 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 7, Koza-loving people participated in the Second World Kozanchu Festival, held in Gate Street in front of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa City, which until April 1, 1974 was actually known as Koza City. Kozanchu (people of Koza) came together in the streets of Koza, with many participants enjoying the night in the unique Koza atmosphere, tasting a diverse range of ethnic foods and drinks such as apple gratin, spareribs and awamori,...

 

Barrier-free wedding plan proposed by hotel in Ginoza

Barrier-free wedding plan proposed by hotel in Ginoza

February 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5, a wedding show entitled “Bride in a Wheelchair” was held at the CanNa Resort Villa in Ginoza. About 150 guests enjoyed a simulated wedding ceremony and a fashion show in which dresses specifically designed for wheelchair users were introduced.

The...

Yonamine digs up heart-shaped potato

Yonamine digs up heart-shaped potato

February 8, 2012 Yukiyo Zaha of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 26, a heart-shaped potato was dug up in Yoshio Yonamine’s organic farm in Kochi, Nishihara. The palm-sized potato is seven centimeters by 9.5 centimeters, and weighs 150 grams. It was great timing just before Valentine’s Day....

Renewed attention to traffic safety ― Mamoru-kun and Maruko-chan are registered as special residents

Renewed attention to traffic safety ― Mamoru-kun and Maruko-chan are registered as special residents

January 29, 2012

On January 27, at Miyakojima and Tarama, the policeman-style figurine Miyakojima Mamoru-kun who always bears up well in all weather conditions and acts as a lookout for society, and his sister Maruko-chan were registered as special residents of Miyakojima.

A ceremony...

A New Year’s prayer at Higa Katsuren Uruma

A New Year’s prayer at Higa Katsuren Uruma

January 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 23, a New Year’s prayer was carried out at Higa Katsuren in Uruma City. The prayer is called Hachiugan and people went around 12 sanctuaries praying for the prosperity of the island and for their family’s health. About fifty residents,...

Men parade to encourage prosperity ― traditional doudoi held at Kushi, Nago

Men parade to encourage prosperity ― traditional <em>doudoi</em> held at Kushi, Nago

January 18, 2012 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 3 at Kushi in Nago, a traditional event called a doudoi was held to wish for prosperity among descendants. People made a cross called an uma out of wood cut out from a stand of trees, and used it to carry a man who...

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...

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...

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