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Parhelion sunlight phenomenon observed in Naha City and Urasoe City

Parhelion sunlight phenomenon observed in Naha City and Urasoe City

February 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of February 11, a light phenomenon in which light appears in the sky horizontal to the sun, called a “parhelion (genjitsu)”, was observed in Naha City and Urasoe City.

The light appearing to both sides of the sun made it seem as though there were three suns, and with the light on the right side shining white, red, and yellow, a wonderous scene sprawled across the sky.

According to the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory, a...

 

Kin and Honolulu sign a friendship agreement on the 120-year anniversary of Okinawans first emigrating from Okinawa to Hawaii

Kin and Honolulu sign a friendship agreement on the 120-year anniversary of Okinawans first emigrating from Okinawa to Hawaii

February 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The town of Kin (Hajime Nakama, mayor) and the city of Honolulu (Kirk Caldwell, mayor), signed a friendship agreement on February 11 at Honolulu City Hall as part of a celebration of Okinawa’s first emigrants to Hawaii from Kin 120 years ago.

They will...

Palau presidential chief of staff explores his Okinawan roots

Palau presidential chief of staff explores his Okinawan roots

February 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Mariko Nakamura, Shohei Tsukazaki

Secilil Eldebechel, 51, chief of staff to the president of Palau, visited Okinawa to strengthen Okinawa-Palau ties, but he had another reason to visit—to discover his grandfather’s Okinawan roots. Indeed, Eldebechel...

Okinawa’s population reaches 1,456,417, an increase of 5,482 over last January

Okinawa’s population reaches 1,456,417, an increase of 5,482 over last January

February 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The estimated prefectural population as of January 1, 2020, announced by the Okinawa Prefecture Statistics Division on January 31, was 1,456,417, an increase of 618 people (0.04%) from the previous month, and an increase of 5,482 people (0.38%) compared to January...

Shuri Castle fire investigation ‘inconclusive’, Okinawa Police Department says

Shuri Castle fire investigation ‘inconclusive’, Okinawa Police Department says

January 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Police Department’s First Investigations Division ended its investigation of the Shuri Castle fire, in which six buildings including the castle’s seiden main hall was burned to the ground.

The police department previously collected...

Cold Mornings! Winter Comes to Okinawa 11.3 C in Oku, Kunigami

Cold Mornings! Winter Comes to Okinawa 11.3 C in Oku, Kunigami

January 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 30, the coldest temperatures this winter were recorded at 13 Okinawan meteorological observatories.

The cold weather was due to movement of a cold air mass in the upper atmosphere caused by a high-pressure system jutting out from the Asian continent.

At...

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...

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...