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Indian elephant Ryuka has first baby in Okinawa

Indian elephant Ryuka  has first baby in Okinawa

March 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of March 4, 14-year-old Indian elephant Ryuka gave birth to a baby girl weighing 100 kilograms at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum. This is the first elephant born in Okinawa and the 10th in Japan.

Ryuka started having contractions at 7:00 p.m. on March 4, and gave birth to a baby at 9:40 p.m. The baby elephant is 85 centimeters in height, 96 centimeters in length, and weighs about 100 kilograms. At 5:10 a.m. on March 5, the baby was feeding...

 

Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village

Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village

March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The 33rd Higashi Village Azalea Festival has kicked off at the Higashi Sonmin no Mori Tsutsuji Park on March 1. Although the flowers have been slower to bloom than in previous years, with the most of the plants in the park only partly flowering, some were blooming...

JCG’s craft hits rubber boat carrying Henoko protesters

JCG's craft hits rubber boat carrying Henoko protesters

March 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A collision occurred when the Japan Coast Guard (JCG)’s special guard and rescue craft “Arutairu,” was chasing a rubber boat carrying two citizens protesting against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko to replace Marine Corps...

Okinawa Governor orders Defense Bureau to stop installing concrete blocks in the sea off Henoko

Okinawa Governor orders Defense Bureau to stop installing concrete blocks in the sea off Henoko

February 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of the forced relocation of U.S Marine Corps Air Station to Henoko in Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau has dropped concrete blocks weighing between 10 and 45 tons on the seabed at dozens of locations off the coast of Henoko. The concrete blocks placed...

Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

January 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 25th Kakizome Festival was held at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City on January 10. The event involves around 1,000 people writing kanji and prizes are awarded.

About 1,050 people ranging from three to 68 year-old took part in this year`s...

Nago Mayor swears to end Henoko issue at first sunrise of 2015

Nago Mayor swears to end Henoko issue at first sunrise of 2015

January 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 1, about 200 people gathered at Matsuda Nuhama beach in Henoko, Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to construct a replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, to watch the first sunrise of 2015. Nago Mayor...

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

December 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shuri Tonokura Community Association held a Nubi dedicatory ceremony at Shuri Castle on December 28. As part of the ceremony, people traditionally took water from the Heduukka River in Kunigami and presented it to the Ryukyu Kingdom’s authorities...

Human bones dating back 9,000 years found at Sakitari Cave

Human bones dating back 9,000 years found at Sakitari Cave

December 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 11, an official from the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art museum announced that they had found human bones dating back over 9,000 years at Sakitari Cave, located in the Valley of Gangala, Maekawa in Tamagusuku, Nanjo.

The bones were found...

20,029 people complete the 30th Naha Marathon

 20,029 people complete the 30th Naha Marathon

December 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City Government and other organizations held the 30th Naha Marathon on December 7. Participants started in front of Meijibashi intersection on National Route 58 in Naha and ran 42.195 kilometers in the southern part of Okinawa. They finished at Onoyama...

2,200 protesters surround OPG buildings and demand Okinawa Govenor Nakaima

2,200 protesters surround OPG buildings and demand Okinawa Govenor Nakaima

December 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima could possibly approve an application submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to change the method used for landfill in Henoko, Nago, where a new U.S. Marine air base is planned to replace the Futenma base in Ginowan. On December...

Kitten stuck between car saved

Kitten stuck between car saved

November 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a busy intersection on National Route 58 in Urasoe, a kitten about 20 centimeters long was saved by firefighters after getting stuck under a mini-van at a red light. The incident occurred at Jitchaku intersection on November 11.

Hideo Akamine, who...

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