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Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

March 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7 courtship displays by rare bearded mudskippers (tokagehaze or Scartelaos histophorus) were seen on the tidal flats in Fusozaki, Nanjo. Because the temperature was relatively high, the mudskippers stand up to attract each other before cuddling up with their partners. The timing is early this year, with this behavior normally witnessed around the end of March into April.

The bearded mudskipper or tokagehaze in Japanese is an...

 

Black-faced Spoonbills enjoy sunbathing at Tomigusuku.

Black-faced Spoonbills enjoy sunbathing at Tomigusuku.

February 15, 2012 Photograph by Hiroaki Yamashiro

A high-pressure zone over the Okinawa region on February 14 brought blue skies and a summer-like day. A temperature of 26.5 degrees was recorded at Hateruma and on the Iriomote Islands, and in Naha it was 25 degrees, the sort of temperatures...

Defense Minister denies that Futenma Air Station will become a permanent fixture

Defense Minister denies that Futenma Air Station will become a permanent fixture

February 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of February 18, Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka visited the Second Futenma Elementary School, which is located adjacent to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. In response to principal Harumi Chinen’s request that something be done to remove...

Okinawan governor submits opinion on the Futenma relocation plan, calling it “impossible”

Okinawan governor submits opinion on the Futenma relocation plan, calling it “impossible”

February 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of February 20, in keeping with the regulations governing the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) last December on the plan to construct an alternative...

U.S. military personnel seen training with rifles in Camp Kinser close to Route 58

U.S. military personnel seen training with rifles in Camp Kinser close to Route 58

February 14, 2012. Photograph by Yasuhide Matayoshi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

U.S. military personnel were seen training with firearms at around 3:30pm on February 13 at a location near the Camp Kinser perimeter fence beside Route 58 in Nakanishi, Urasoe.

Passersby looking through the fence...

Ryukyu Dynasty banquet reenacted with traditional dragon boats on the Ryutan Pond

Ryukyu Dynasty banquet reenacted with traditional dragon boats on the Ryutan Pond

February 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 12, the funa-asobi banquet of the style of the Ryukyu Dynasty was reenacted at Shuri Castle in Naha. Many people enjoyed listening to court music and dragon boat songs from all over Okinawa while watching boats on Ryutan Pond in Shurijo...

Nine baseball teams start spring training camps in Okinawa

February 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 1, professional baseball spring training camps started in Okinawa and Miyazaki prefectures. Twelve baseball teams train throughout the month, aiming to improve prepare for games on March 30, the day that both the Central League and the Pacific League...

At Kitanakagusuku a green carpet of arsa seaweed expands ahead of the upcoming harvest season

At Kitanakagusuku a green carpet of <em>arsa</em> seaweed expands ahead of the upcoming harvest season

January 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Misaki in Kitanakagusuku, arsa or hitoegusa (Monostroma nitidum Wittrock) seaweed is extending its beautiful green carpet to the beach where seaweed farms are located. In February, it will be the full harvest season for the seaweed, now not...

A New Year’s prayer at Higa Katsuren Uruma

A New Year’s prayer at Higa Katsuren Uruma

January 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 23, a New Year’s prayer was carried out at Higa Katsuren in Uruma City. The prayer is called Hachiugan and people went around 12 sanctuaries praying for the prosperity of the island and for their family’s health. About fifty residents,...

Let’s sing Uchinaguchi

Let’s sing <em>Uchinaguchi</em>

January 20, 2012 Yuki Nakasone of Ryukyu Shimpo

Brandon Ing, a fourth-generation Okinawan from Hawaii, teaches English in Kanagusuku Elementary School in Naha. He wrote a song called “Let’s sing Uchinaguchi!” that has attracted some attention lately. The song includes Uchinaguchi...

Men parade to encourage prosperity ― traditional doudoi held at Kushi, Nago

Men parade to encourage prosperity ― traditional <em>doudoi</em> held at Kushi, Nago

January 18, 2012 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 3 at Kushi in Nago, a traditional event called a doudoi was held to wish for prosperity among descendants. People made a cross called an uma out of wood cut out from a stand of trees, and used it to carry a man who...