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World’s Longest Ishigaki Kebab created to mark New Ishigaki Airport

World’s Longest Ishigaki Kebab created to mark New Ishigaki Airport

November 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 27, at the site of the planned construction of the New Ishigaki Airport in Shiraho, Ishigaki, the city held the “Ishigaki Beef BBQ Festival” and set a new Guinness World Record for the longest kebab-style BBQ. The kebab was measured at 107.6 meters, breaking the previous record set in Lebanon of 97.5 meters by 10.1 meters.

As many as 15000 people participated in the event designed to promote Ishigaki Beef and to look ahead to the opening...

 

Ocean-lovers make a work of art with rubbish that has drifted ashore at Ishigaki Island

November 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 13, the third Ocean Love-Love Festival 2011 in Ishigaki Island was held to clean up the shore at the Akaishi coast in Ishigaki City. This year a total of 732 people participated in the event, the highest number to date. They collected items of rubbish...

Ie Rum winning a double-award delights the people of Ie Village

Ie Rum winning a double-award delights the people of Ie Village

November 23, 2011 Yukito Kinjo, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In the 2011 Okinawan Islands Fair held from November 25 at Okinawa Cellular Park Naha Ie Rum Santa Maria of the Ie Island Product Center (headed by village mayor Katsumasa Oshiro) was selected as a local product of superior...

Christmas tree appears to shines a light on downtown Naha

Christmas tree appears to shines a light on downtown Naha

November 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of November 18, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony was held in the event square of Palette-Kumoji in Naha by the three groups of the Palette-Kumoji, the Ryubo Department Store and Kokusai Street and Kencho-Mae Station Shopping District Association....

Choki Miyagi, Naha’s oldest man, celebrates his 107th birthday

Choki Miyagi, Naha's oldest man, celebrates his 107th birthday

November 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 15, a photo session to celebrate the birthday of Choki Miyagi, who turned 107 year-old and is the oldest man in Naha, was held at the Una Forecourt of Shuri Castle. Approximately 40 people, including staff of the Multifunctional Long-Term...

Wedding in Nanjo City carried out as a regional promotion

Wedding in Nanjo City carried out as a regional promotion

November 11, 2011 Yukiyo Zaha of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 5, Shinnosuke Imazu, the leader of the NPO xBridge, a group involved in the administration of the Nanjo Citizens’ College, and his bride Yumiko, held their civil wedding at the Chinen Social Welfare Center in Nanjo City as part...

Number of accidents involving Okinawa rail and Ryukyu long-haired rats reaches a record-high

Number of accidents involving Okinawa rail and Ryukyu long-haired rats reaches a record-high

November 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, the Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Nature Conservation Office announced numbers confirmed at the end of November 1 for accidents on roads involving Yanbarukuina or Okinawa rails and Ryukyu long-haired rats. The figures released represent...

World’s longest habu snake

World's longest habu snake

November 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 31, the Okinawa Prefectural Institute of Health and Environment in the city of Nanjo put the world’s longest habu on display to the public. It is 2.42 meters long and weighs around 2.9 kilograms.
The previous record was 2.41 meters for a specimen...

Wedding ceremony held at Zakimi Castle
Vows exchanged at a World Heritage Site

Wedding ceremony held at Zakimi Castle<br> Vows exchanged at a World Heritage Site

October 20, 2011 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 1, the wedding of Naha residents Naoyuki and Kae (née Takemura) Matsuda was held at Zakimi Castle, which is a World Heritage Site. The couple and their parents dressed in Ryukyu Dynasty traditional costume and together with Mitsuo...

World’s largest sea cucumber found in Iriomote

World’s largest sea cucumber found in Iriomote

October 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21, an example of the world’s largest synaptid sea cucumber, the kurenaiooikarinamako, was found in Funaura Bay in Iriomote Island, Taketomi Town. Toru Naruse, an assistant professor of the Tropical Biosphere Research Center University of the...

Excitement around 43-ton giant rope

Excitement around 43-ton giant rope

October 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of October 9, the 41st Naha Ozunahiki or Naha Giant Tug-of-War, which was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest rope in 1997, was held at Kumoji intersection on Route 58 in Naha City. The event was organized...