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Hiyamikachi-machiguwa-kan reopens at Naha Makishi Public Market

Hiyamikachi-machiguwa-kan reopens at Naha Makishi Public Market

September 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3, the Hiyamikachi-machiguwa-kan was reopened in an upstairs clothing section of the Makishi Public Market in Naha. Almost every day the hall serves as a venue for free events for traditional arts, comedy, singing and dancing. On the first day, four members of the clothing section of the market performed the Okinawan dance kagiyadefu bushi to celebrate the opening. The Oba Rappers, who are based in the Sakae-machi Market also celebrated...

 

Unjami Festival in Ogimi

<em>Unjami</em> Festival in Ogimi

September 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 11, the Unjami Festival was held in Shioya Bay and other areas of Ogimi. This event is designated as one of Japan’s significant intangible folk cultural assets. At shrine rooms in Tanna and Yafu, Okinawan shaman or kaminchu prayed...

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium displays a rare deep-water fish

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium displays a rare deep-water fish

September 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From late August, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu has exhibited the pristigenys meyeri, a rare deep-water fish with distinctive large eyes. The aquarium is putting the fish on display for the first time because it is a species of deep-water fish that...

Family Olympic Games held on Ojima

Family Olympic Games held on Ojima

August 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12, the 5th Agaritukume Olympics were held on Ojima Island, Tamagusuku, Nanjo. The Agaritukume family has held this event once every four years in order to create an opportunity to see all their relatives, including families who live abroad, in other...

Cat helps deliver newspapers

Cat helps deliver newspapers

August 18, 2012 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

A cat that helps a newspaper delivery woman has gained popularity among local residents. One year-old Fuku belongs to Hiroko Ikei, a newspaper delivery worker at the Nesabu office of the Ryukyu Shimpo in Tomigusuku. Last December, Ikei came across...

Sugarcane mysteriously flattened in Nakijin

Sugarcane mysteriously flattened in Nakijin

August 14, 2012 Takahiro Shinjo Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 4, an area of sugarcane more than a dozen meters across was mysteriously flattened in a field behind a kamiasagi, or sacred place, in the Sakiyama district of Nakijin.

During a work break, Takashi Azama, who was...

Ibis protection group from China visits Kijoka Elementary School

Ibis protection group from China visits Kijoka Elementary School

August 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

With support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and aiming to deepen understanding of the protection and care for local ibises and wild fowl, 12 members of the Chinese project group for protecting ibises in China visited Kijoka Elementary School...

Exposition highlighting southern Okinawa will be held in October

Exposition highlighting southern Okinawa will be held in October

July 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From October 27 to November 18, the All Southern Okinawa Expo, in which people can enjoy sightseeing options featuring the tradition and culture of the southern part of Okinawa will be held for the first time. There will be peace-education programs, bus tours to...

Miyazawa begins 100-year project planting kuroki for sanshin

Miyazawa begins 100-year project planting <em>kuroki</em> for <em>sanshin</em>

July 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 100-year Project to create a forest of kuroki in Yomitan has started with the aim of planting young trees of ebony or kuroki for sanshin on an ongoing basis beyond the current generation. The project aims to produce sanshin...

Large catch of suku on Ojima

Large catch of <em>suku</em> on Ojima

July 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 19, which is June 1 in the old lunar calendar, at Ojima in Nanjo, baby rabbitfish, called suku, were caught. Fishermen managed a good catch with about 360 kilograms being hauled in this day. Suku are about three to four centimeters long...

Fireworks in Summer Festival at Ocean Expo Park

Fireworks in Summer Festival at Ocean Expo Park

July 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 14, the Summer Festival 2012 was held at the Ocean Expo Park in Motobu. About 48300 people enjoyed an exciting fireworks show.

The highlight of the event was the Niagara in which the fireworks ran about 300 meters along a wire suspended in the air....