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90-year old former student recalls history of Battle of Okinawa remains in Shuri Castle grounds

90-year old former student recalls history of Battle of Okinawa remains in Shuri Castle grounds

January 20, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 19, Saneyoshi Furugen, 90, a former member of the Lower House of the Diet who was mobilized during the Battle of Okinawa in the Tekketsu Kinnotai unit composed of middle school boys, discussed his wartime experience for the first time in front of the Ryukon Cave in the grounds of Shuri Castle, to which students from the Okinawa Teachers School, who were mobilized to said unit, evacuated.

Furugen gave his testimony in front of around 60 people...

 

Gov. Tamaki announces 7th World Uchinanchu Festival: “Demonstrate Okinawan chimugukuru”

Gov. Tamaki announces 7th World Uchinanchu Festival: “Demonstrate Okinawan chimugukuru”

January 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Denny Tamaki announced during a regular press conference on January 16 that the 7th World Uchinanchu Festival is planned to be held October 28-31, 2021.

The governor encouraged world-wide participation and support: “the festival unites uchinanchus...

Okinawa to implement policy to limit the number of people who can enter Iriomote Island, which may become a World Natural Heritage Site

Okinawa to implement policy to limit the number of people who can enter Iriomote Island, which may become a World Natural Heritage Site

January 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
Ryota Shimabukuro

Okinawa Prefecture, which is trying to get four of their islands, Amami Oshima, Tokunoshima, the northern part of Okinawa’s main island, and Iriomote, will implement a policy that limits the number of tourists who can enter the town of...

New species of “most beautiful” jellyfish found for first time in 114 years in Okinawa

New species of “most beautiful” jellyfish found for first time in 114 years in Okinawa

January 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 7, the Kuroshio Biological Research Institute announced it discovered a new jellyfish species among the specimen they collected in Northern Okinawa and named it Olindias deigo (Japanese: Deigo-hanagasa-kurage).

It is the first time in 114 years...

New goby species discovered in deep sea around Okinawa identified by the Okinawa Churashima Foundation and OIST called Yuuna Goby due to characteristic yellow color

New goby species discovered in deep sea around Okinawa identified by the Okinawa Churashima Foundation and OIST called Yuuna Goby due to characteristic yellow color

January 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Motobu and Onna – On January 8th, it was announced that the Okinawa Churashima Foundation and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) had determined that the goby specimen discovered by the foundation in the deep sea around Onna...

Ryukyu University using drones, satellites and fixed cameras to clean up ocean garbage

Ryukyu University using drones, satellites and fixed cameras to clean up ocean garbage

January 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A collaboration of research teams from organizations that include private businesses, the University of the Ryukyus, and Nagasaki University launched a project to survey ocean garbage coming ashore using satellites, drones, and fixed cameras on January 7.

The...

Hog Cholera raises concern in Okinawa where “pork is culture”

Hog Cholera raises concern in Okinawa where “pork is culture”

January 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pork dishes are indispensable to Okinawan cuisine—Okinawa soba, san-mai niku (braised pork belly), tebichi (stewed pork feet), soki-jiru (pork spare ribs soup) and mimiga (crunchy pig’s ear), to name a few.

The news of Classical Swine Fever (CSF),...

Ryuichi Sakamoto visits Henoko base construction site, says there is no justification for destroying nature to build base

Ryuichi Sakamoto visits Henoko base construction site, says there is no justification for destroying nature to build base

January 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of January 3, world-renowned musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, 67, visited the sea area where a new military base is being constructed off the coast of Henoko, Nago.

“There is no justification for destroying this beautiful natural environment...

New Year’s Banquet held at Shuri Castle first time after fire

New Year’s Banquet held at Shuri Castle first time after fire

January 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shuri Castle Park’s annual New Year’s Banquet (Shinshun no Utage), a three-day festivity, held during the first three days of each New Year, opened again this year on park grounds on January 1, in Naha City, Okinawa.

It is the first New Year’s Banquet...

Taiwan donates to Okinawa, optimistic on timber sourcing for Shuri Castle

Taiwan donates to Okinawa, optimistic on timber sourcing for Shuri Castle

December 20, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, Fan Chen-Kuo, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative to Japan in Naha, visited the Okinawan prefectural government office to present Governor Denny Tamaki with a donation to rebuild Shuri Castle, which had burned down in a recent fire....

Showing Friendship in Ryusou and Chima Jeogori An Event on Kokusai Street, Okinawa The Tourism Industry Amid Worsening Japanese-Korean Relations

Showing Friendship in Ryusou and Chima Jeogori An Event on Kokusai Street, Okinawa The Tourism Industry Amid Worsening Japanese-Korean Relations

December 16, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15, an event called “Let’s Show Friendship Between Okinawa and South Korea” was held on Kokusai Street in Naha, Okinawa.

Visitors could take photos with female staff in traditional Okinawan dress, called ryusou, and Korean chima jeogori...