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Looking back on Shuri Castle, world heritage site: 450 years of Okinawan politics and culture

Looking back on Shuri Castle, world heritage site: 450 years of Okinawan politics and culture

October 31, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shuri Castle was the principal castle of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and played a central role in Ryukyuan politics and culture for about 450 years, between 1429 and 1879.

According to Shurijo Castle Park’s official website, the grounds are largely divided into the inner and outer baileys, or wards.

The construction of the inner bailey was completed at the beginning of the 15th century, while the outer bailey was completed in the mid-16th century.

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Governor Tamaki states intent to restore Shuri Castle as soon as possible after disastrous fire

Governor Tamaki states intent to restore Shuri Castle as soon as possible after disastrous fire

October 31, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

In response to the Shuri Castle fire, the Okinawa prefectural government held a task force meeting on October 31 at the Prefectural Office.

Governor Denny Tamaki read out a message for the Okinawan people and made known his strong determination...

Shuri Castle’s main hall and north hall completely burned down with fire spreading to other buildings

Shuri Castle's main hall and north hall completely burned down with fire spreading to other buildings

October 31, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

At dawn on October 31, the fire broke out at the main hall of Shuri Castle or Shuri-jo castle in Naha City, Okinawa.

At 2:41 a.m., the Naha City Fire Department received a call about the fire from a security guard at the castle.

As of 7 a.m., the...

Tree Nymph butterfly selected as Okinawa prefectural butterfly

Tree Nymph butterfly selected as Okinawa prefectural butterfly

October 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the “Okinawa Prefectural Butterfly” Selection and Advisory Committee held their second meeting at the prefectural office to decide on a prefectural butterfly that represents Okinawa Prefecture.

The committee decided on the Tree Nymph...

Kotori Fest will reflect on kids’ safety and US military aircraft accidents

Kotori Fest will reflect on kids’ safety and US military aircraft accidents

October 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

GINOWAN—Parents and guardians of the students of Midorigaoka nursery school is organizing an interactive music and talk event, “Kotori Fest—skies are for little birds” to be held at the Ginowan Central Community Center on November 24 at 2:30 p.m., just...

Citizens protesting construction in Henoko say “Stop wasting tax money”

Citizens protesting construction in Henoko say “Stop wasting tax money”

October 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On October 24, citizens opposing construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago City gathered at Ryukyu Cement Co. pier in Awa and shouted things like: “Don’t destroy democracy” and “Stop wasting tax money.”

It...

Oura Bay brown from red clay soil outflow possibly caused by heavy rains

Oura Bay brown from red clay soil outflow possibly caused by heavy rains

October 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 17, it was confirmed that the sea surface around Oura Bay, where construction work for the new military base in Henoko, Nago, Okinawa in conjunction with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is underway, was muddied by red clay soil....

A loquacious crustacean? How the coconut crab produces sound

A loquacious crustacean? How the coconut crab produces sound

October 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

OKINAWA ISLAND—Is the coconut crab chatty?

On October 18, researchers of the Okinawa Churashima Foundation (Motobu); the National Research and Development Agency, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (Kanagawa prefecture); and the Conservation...

Henoko Environmental Oversight Committee specialist says Okinawa dugong is “highly likely extinct”; large-scale survey needed

Henoko Environmental Oversight Committee specialist says Okinawa dugong is “highly likely extinct”; large-scale survey needed

October 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo learned that at a meeting of the Environmental Oversight Committee held by the Okinawa Defense Bureau in September regarding the construction of a new military base in Henoko, Nago, one of the committee members stated that the dugongs that have...

Rope breaks for the first time at annual Great Tug-of-War

Rope breaks for the first time at annual Great Tug-of-War

October 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 49th annual Naha Giant Tug-of-War took place on October 13, at the Kumoji intersection on Route 58. The event, organized by the Office of the Conservation Society of the Naha Giant Tug-of-War, attracted about 270,000 locals, Japanese tourists, and visitors...

Web Exclusive: Looking back on the distressful 12 years in Takae through photos

Web Exclusive: Looking back on the distressful 12 years in Takae through photos

October 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoko Tabuki

Imagine a highland with spectacular views of lush green forests and the great Pacific Ocean, where during the day, the Okinawa rail and the Okinawa woodpecker can be heard, while at night, stars fill the sky. That’s Takae in a nutshell....