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Wansaka Oura Park runs metamorphic rock-viewing tour

Wansaka Oura Park runs metamorphic rock-viewing tour

July 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

To mark the Kayo Fold (metamorphic rock) being designated as a national natural treasure, on July 5, at Teniya in Nago, on a trial basis the Wansaka Oura Park held a metamorphic rocks-viewing tour. A total of 21 people including municipal office officials, local residents and guides took part in the canoe tour, and the park will open it up to the public by the end of August, once the content is further enhanced after receiving comments from the initial round...

 

Male hula dancers to perform at Hawaiian event in Onna

Male hula dancers to perform at Hawaiian event in Onna

July 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo 

In preparation for Moon Beach Luau 2012, a Hawaiian event to be held on July 7 and 8 at the Hotel Moon Beach in Onna, several men have been practicing the hula dance. The Kailua Hula Studio, based in Kubota, Okinawa City is unique in that they have ten male dancers.

A...

Crabs spawn in Ikema-jima

Crabs spawn in Ikema-jima

July 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night on June 4, in Taira on Ikema-jima, north of Miyako-jima, a species of terrestrial crab known as okagani was observed spawning. The crabs moved down towards the sea in the moonlight with eggs about to hatch stuck on their bellies.

Every year around...

East team wins Ojima Island’s dragon boat race

East team wins Ojima Island's dragon boat race

June 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23, in the waters off Ojima Island, Tamagusuku in Nanjo, the Watatsumi Festival with its dragon-boat race was held. Many visitors from both on and off the island cheered on the oarsmen.

The main dragon boat race is decided by the outcome of the best...

Pythagora-iwaitch wins Grand Prize at the Nibichi Film Festival at Yomitan

<em>Pythagora-iwaitch</em> wins Grand Prize at the <em>Nibichi</em> Film Festival at Yomitan

June 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 10, at the Zampa Royal Hotel in Yomitan, the final of the 2nd Nibichi Festival was held. This festival is a video contest for works shown as entertainment at wedding parties. The Grand Prize went to Pythagora-iwaitch, a video produced by...

Sanitsu Beach Carnival in Miyako-jima

Sanitsu Beach Carnival in Miyako-jima

June 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 17, at Shimojiyonaha, on Miyako-jima, the 22nd Sanitsu Beach Carnival was held at Sanitsu Beach, a large mudflat that appears when the tide is low.
Many locals enjoyed taking advantage of the tideland to play games such as a relay race in the shallow...

Social work school course on the Battle of Okinawa

Social work school course on the Battle of Okinawa

June 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 14 at the Kitanakagusuku Village Central Community Center, the College of Social Work of Oba School delivered a lecture on the Battle of Okinawa. Toshie Asato, co-leader of the Okinawa Umanchu Association, Okinawa branch of the Article 9 Association, who...

Hirayama catches a big bluefin tuna two years in a row

Hirayama catches a big bluefin tuna two years in a row

June 8, 2012 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 2, Hiroyuki Hirayama, a hobby fisherman from Nagoya, Aichi, pulled in a bluefin tuna 2.53 meters (8 feet 4 inches) long and weighing 287.5 kilograms (634 pounds) when fishing off Kumejima Island. It was his second such catch...

Book on the history of Maejima Island published

Book on the history of Maejima Island published

June 3, Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Fumio Nakamura, who currently lives on Maejima Island, which comes under the administrative authority of Tokashiki Island and is located about 25 kilometers west of Naha, published a book entitled Hand on to the Next Generation...

Traditional fishing method revived

Traditional fishing method revived

May 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On Kohama Island in Taketomi, 77 year-old Kenji Miyazato is working to revive a traditional fishing method called kasuku.
Miyazato said, “It will be a natural aquarium. I think that it could help children learn about the ocean.”

Kasuku...

Former marine displays photographs taken 50 years ago

Former marine displays photographs taken 50 years ago

May 25, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A photo exhibition entitled “Mayaga, Tayaga, Nuyaga (Where is it, Who is it, What is it) @ Kitanakagusuku” was held in a local community center through until May 15. Former marine Dick Bruce, now 73 year-old and living in Washington DC, displayed 200...