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Ryukyu red tile craftsmen appeal to prefectural government to preserve burned red tiles

Ryukyu red tile craftsmen appeal to prefectural government to preserve burned red tiles

November 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 5 the Prefectural Ryukyu Red Tile Plaster Craftsmanship Cooperative, which is made up of craftsmen of Okinawan traditional red roof tile, submitted a written appeal to Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki requesting that burned red tiles from Shuri Castle be preserved and used.

After making their appeal, a member of the cooperative stated in a press conference, “The tiles that have survived the fire have material value, and will be a symbol...

 

Sixty-four rare turtles, including the endangered Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle, stolen from Okinawa Zoo & Museum

Sixty-four rare turtles, including the endangered Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle, stolen from Okinawa Zoo & Museum

November 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa – It was discovered November 5 that the Okinawa Zoo & Museum (Okihiro Kamizato, zoo director) was unable to locate 15 of nationally designated natural monument and endangered Ryukyu black-breasted turtle as well as 49 Chinese box turtles that were...

Shuri Castle fire: Crowdfunding campaign raises millions

Shuri Castle fire: Crowdfunding campaign raises millions

November 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Following the Shuri Castle fire, the city of Naha set up a bilingual crowdfunding webpage—the Furusato Choice, which piggybacks on the nation-wide Hometown Tax Donation Program system.

The campaign has already collected over 200 million yen as of November...

Korean woman travels through Japan giving free hugs

Korean woman travels through Japan giving free hugs

November 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

“The Japanese people I saw in the media and actual Japanese people are different,” says Su-yeon Yoon, who came to Japan as an exchange student and also worked at a hotel in Okinawa.

Yoon has been engaged in a free-hug campaign travelling through all...

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...

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....