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Two elephants from Fukushima return to Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Two elephants from Fukushima return to Okinawa Zoo and Museum

December 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Tonsai and Boonthong, Asian elephants from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima Prefecture, were showcased at Okinawa Zoo and Museum. They became Okinawa-Fukushima Friendship Elephants last year and came to Okinawa to spend the winter season.

The two elephants will interact with children through elephant rides and tug-of-war and will go back to Fukushima mid-March next year.

Tonsai and Boonthong left Fukushima on December 8 and arrived...

 

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attracts 320,000 spectators

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attracts 320,000 spectators

September 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 60th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival, which is one of the largest Eisa events in Okinawa, was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City from September 4 to 6. Fifteen Eisa organizations from in and outside of Okinawa City, known as the “City of Eisa,”...

Iejima residents travel to South America to trace the history of emigration from the island

Iejima residents travel to South America to trace the history of emigration from the island

August 31, 2015 Yukito Kinjo, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In advance of the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival to be held in October of next year, a group of Ie residents traveled around various parts of South America from August 11 to 21 to meet with migrants who moved there from Ie after World...

Children from different countries interact in Okinawa

Children from different countries interact in Okinawa

August 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An event aimed at promoting interaction between children of different countries through nature experiences was held over five nights and six days from August 17 in the Ada district of Kunigami. On August 20, sports events were held at Ada Elementary School in the...

Okinawa tourism and Culture Festa in Motobu

Okinawa tourism and Culture Festa in Motobu

August 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 8th Motobu Tourism and Culture Festa, which is a popular evening event for tourism in Motobu Town, was held at a multidisciplinary events square (bull ring) on the night of August 22. Many visitors, including tourists and local people visited the event. They...

Taco Rice creator Parlor Senri closes after 31 years

Taco Rice creator Parlor Senri closes after 31 years

July 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The creator of the now nationally famous Taco Rice,Taco-rice founder Parlor Senri, in the town of Kin in northern Okinawa, closed on June 29 after 31 years in operation. While fans lamented the store’s closing, they also expressed excitement about tasting the same...

Group calls for creating “Saion Street” in Naha’s Asato area

Group calls for creating “Saion Street” in Naha's Asato area

July 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of young entrepreneurs is trying to name an alley at the foot of the Saion Bridge over Naha’s Asato River “Saion Street” in a bid to turn the area into a hub for new fashion.

The group includes Dan Shinjo, producer of “Plant...

Symposium to mark 50th anniversary of discovery of Iriomote wild cat

Symposium to mark 50th anniversary of discovery of Iriomote wild cat

June 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Iriomote wild cats, classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, can only be found on Iriomote Island in Taketomi Town. On the afternoon of June 28, a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of its discovery was held...

Okinawa City to market itself as cosmopolitan

Okinawa City to market itself as cosmopolitan

June 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6, an Okinawa City Multiple Culture Community Promotion Association was inaugurated in the Nakasone district of Okinawa city. Takahiro Kina, who served as head of the Okinawa City International Exchange Association, founded the new organization to promote...

400 year-old Sagaribana blooms in Okinawa

400 year-old Sagaribana blooms in Okinawa

May 17, 2015 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo 

A Sagaribana tree, also known as Sawafuji (Barringtonia racemosa,) could be seen blossoming in Tokashiki Village on May 8. The tree has been growing there for a long time, alongside the Tokashiki River on the west side of the...

Disabled seniors pass level 4 English Language Proficiency test at their first attempt

Disabled seniors pass level 4 English Language Proficiency test at their first attempt

May 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-one-year-old Nobuko Yoza and 66-year-old Tomoko Taira, who are both members of a center for the disabled, have passed level four of the Eiken English Language Proficiency test. The Toyanosato facility is located in the Toya district of Yomitan. Yoza and Taira...

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