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More than 400 people attend memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

More than 400 people attend memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

August 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

August 22 marked 70 years since the evacuation ship Tsushima-Maru carrying many school children was sunk by a U.S. submarine. At a memorial service held at the Kozakura-no-To monument in Wakasa, Naha, about 450 people, including survivors and bereaved families took part. They released rice paper butterflies into the sky as they prayed for the victims and for peace.

In his memorial address, Masakatsu Takara, president of the Tsushima-Maru Memorial Foundation...

 

Tropical day in various areas of Okinawa

August 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The weather cleared up in the Okinawa region due to an anticyclone on August 24. However, it rained heavily in some areas because the state of the atmosphere was unstable. The temperature hit 33.7 degrees in Yonaguni island. It was a tropical day in the Okinawa...

3,600 people gather at protest rally against construction of US air base in Henoko

3,600 people gather at protest rally against construction of US air base in Henoko

August 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizen groups held a protest rally against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko, in front of Camp Schwab at 2:00 p.m. on August 23. The protest rally was titled, “Let’s go to Henoko to stop new base construction!” About...

The Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival enthrals spectators

The Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival enthrals spectators

August 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 59th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City from August 15 to 17. Fifteen Eisa organizations from in and outside the city took part in the festival and attracted spectators to various performances. Many families and tourists...

Ten years since U.S. helicopter crashed into Okinawa International University: Students hold a symposium at university

Ten years since U.S. helicopter crashed into Okinawa International University: Students hold a symposium at university

August 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten years have passed since an American military helicopter crashed into Okinawa International University on August 13, 2004. On August 12, university students discussed the issues of the U.S. military bases in Okinawa at events held at the same university and...

All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament attracts 2,500 spectators

All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament attracts 2,500 spectators

August 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, the All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Summer Tournament was held, sponsored jointly by the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and the RyukyuShimpo Co., at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City. About 20 young and veteran bulls gathered...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama visits Henoko

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama visits Henoko

July 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 25, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama dropped in at Henoko fishing port in Nago, during his stay in Okinawa to take part in a symposium. After visiting the tent of a 17-year ongoing sit-in, he surveyed the shore of Camp Schwab, the planned relocation site...

Special exhibition of royal costume held at Shurijo Castle

Special exhibition of royal costume held at Shurijo Castle

July 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 4, at the golden palace of the Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, a special exhibition titled “Beautiful…orisen-I, II of Ryukyu kingdom” began. It will be on until September 17. It is the first time that a special exhibition has been held...

The Star Festival in Okinawa

The Star Festival in Okinawa

July 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 7 is Tanabata, a Japanese star festival. The day belongs to Shosho or “minor heat”, one of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars. According to the calendar, summer officially begins on this day.

The star festival...

Seal appears in the sea of Tokashiki Island

Seal appears in the sea of Tokashiki Island

June 25, 2014 Hideaki Yoneda correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, a seal originating from the North Sea was confirmed to be swimming in the sea near Tokashiki Island. At 8:30 a.m. on the same day, Kazuhiro Tamaki and Hayato Nakamura, members of the Tokashiki Fishery Association, found...

EVA Airways launches flights between Taipei and Naha

EVA Airways launches flights between Taipei and Naha

June 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

EVA Airways, a leading airline based in Taiwan, launched flights between Taipei and Naha for the first time on June 17. It is the fourth company to operate flights on the route, following China Airlines, TransAsia Airways and LCC airline Peach Aviation. EVA Airways...

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