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Wheat harvest season on Iejima

Wheat harvest season on Iejima

April 13, 2012 Correspondent Yukito Kinjo of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Now is the wheat harvest season on Ie Island, the only place where wheat is grown in Okinawa. The season started from the end of March, and goes through until the beginning of May. Waves of golden wheat sway in the wind under the spring sun in the fields of Higashieue on the other side of Gusukuyama Hill. The staff of the Ie branch of the Japan Agricultural Cooperatives Okinawa are now busy harvesting the wheat.

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Three high school graduates from Shiga visit to see their host family in Izena again

Three high school graduates from Shiga visit to see their host family in Izena again

April 16, 2012 Kyoko Agarie Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Attracted by the nature and people of Izena, three young women from Shiga Prefecture, Chigusa Akata, Kaho Isobe, and Miki Kojima, who had come to the island on a school trip when they were in their second year of high school, visited...

Town tour guide project starts in Nago

Town tour guide project starts in Nago

April 10, 2012 Correspondent Yoshikatsu Miyagi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

From April to October, 2012, the Nago Tourism Association and the Japan Travel Bureau (JTB) Okinawa will run a town tour guide project in Nago in the north of Okinawa. On April 3, the first four tourists on this project, parents...

Sakatas close their domestic study program the Warabiya and move to Ogimi

Sakatas close their domestic study program the Warabiya and move to Ogimi

April 8, 2012 by Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryuji and Akiko Sakata, a couple who moved to Tokashiki from Kudaka in 2007, ran the Warabiya juku as the first domestic study program in Tokashiki, finished accepting students in 2011. They then moved to Ogimi in northern Okinawa...

Okinawa rail photographed eating its lunch

Okinawa rail photographed eating its lunch

April 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of April 5, photographs were taken of an Okinawa rail, a national natural treasure, looking for food on an old road in the Yambaru forest in the northern part of Okinawa. Wild birds in the Yambaru forest are now entering their mating season. The...

Induction courses held in Tokashiki

Induction courses held in Tokashiki

April 13, 2012 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

With the beginning of a new academic year, on April 5, high schools, colleges, technical schools and companies in Okinawa commenced induction courses at the National Okinawa Youth Friendship Center in Tokashiki.

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Couple from Macao hold underwater marriage ceremony in the sea off Okinawa

Couple from Macao hold underwater marriage ceremony in the sea off Okinawa

April 10, 2012

On April 5, at Seragaki in Onna, a couple from Macao held an underwater marriage ceremony in Okinawa, a place they love dearly. The bride and groom, Wong Si Wai and Leong Lap Chong both said, “It was just fantastic!”

Wearing a wedding dress and tuxedo over their wet...

Kin Municipal Office erects a huge sign announcing it as the “Town of Taco Rice”

Kin Municipal Office erects a huge sign announcing it as the “Town of Taco Rice”

April 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 6, a huge sign stating, “The town with the biggest Taco Rice in the world” was placed in Kin, with mayor Tsuyoshi Gibu declaring the town to be the “town of taco rice.” Taco rice was thought up in Parlor Senri in the restaurant area called Shinkaichi...

During the Shimi Festival people visit tombs to pray for their family’s health

During the <em>Shimi</em> Festival people visit tombs to pray for their family’s health

April 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

April 8 was the first Sunday of the Shimi Festival season, when the people of Okinawa celebrate ancestral spirits on the lunar calendar. The Shikina Cemetery in Naha was crowded with families offering foods, including tempura and rice cakes. Participants...

Spring gifts to disaster areas - first-pick tea to be sent from Oku in Kunigami

Spring gifts to disaster areas - first-pick tea to be sent from Oku in Kunigami

April 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, at Oku in Kunigami, tea picking and bagging was held for a project to present the first-picked tea, the earliest tea picking in Japan, to areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake as spring gifts. The Fan Club of the Local Community-based Cooperative...

Illusion Land Yabiji appears until today

Illusion Land Yabiji appears until today

April 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 7, a sightseeing tour began to put people on to the Yabiji coral reef during the spring tide in the sea north of Ikema Island, Miyako. Guided by two water carrier companies from Miyako, about 500 tourists enjoyed exploring Yabiji. These tours will run...