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Students pray to pass the entrance examination for high school in Miyako

Students pray to pass the entrance examination for high school in Miyako

March 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7, on Miyako Island, an entrance examination for prefectural high schools was held. As has become an annual tradition, this year students and their family members gathered to eat lunch together. In the past, when there were very few restaurants near schools in Miyako, some families started to bring their lunch boxes for students who had come from other small islands and couldn’t have lunch at home. Since then it has become an annual event at the...

 

Police officer “apprehends” a 1.5 meter long habu at Yagaji – police officials send a cautionary message to the public earlier than in normal years

Police officer “apprehends” a 1.5 meter long <em>habu</em> at Yagaji - police officials send a cautionary message to the public earlier than in normal years

March 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 10:00pm on March 5, Kouki Tarama, a police officer of the Yagaji Police Substation in Nago caught a poisonous habu snake that was about 1.5 meters in length in the front yard of the police substation. Nago Police Station drew residents’ attention...

Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

March 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7 courtship displays by rare bearded mudskippers (tokagehaze or Scartelaos histophorus) were seen on the tidal flats in Fusozaki, Nanjo. Because the temperature was relatively high, the mudskippers stand up to attract each other before cuddling...

Smoked goat meat to be promoted as a new local product

Smoked goat meat to be promoted as a new local product

February 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, a tasting session for smoked goat meat was held at the Tsukayama Awamori Brewery, a nationally designated cultural property in Onaka, Nago. The goat meat was cooked in a blasting range that Shigeru Ito, the principal of the Okinawa National College...

“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...

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...