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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 a seal in a puddle of water between rocks in the southernmost part of the island during their routine patrol to monitor suku or rabbit fishes. At first, they could not believe the scene – a seal...

 

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...

Summer vegetable uncheba harvest under cloudy skies

Summer vegetable <em>uncheba</em> harvest under cloudy skies

June 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The harvesting of summer vegetable water spinach, or uncheba in Okinawan dialect, has begun. On June 9, as the rainy season was coming to an end, Katsuaki Higa harvested freshly grown uncheba at his vegetable field in Tagami, Tomigusuku. The village’s...

Itoman Harley dragon-boat race held

Itoman <em>Harley</em> dragon-boat race held

June 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4 of the old lunar calendar (June 1), also known as Yukka-nu-hi, Harley dragon-boat races were held in various locations around Okinawa to wish for a safe and prosperous fishing season.

The Harley race held at the Itoman Fishing...

A memorial service for Okinawan war dead held in Tinian

A memorial service for Okinawan war dead held in Tinian

May 28, 2014 Hisao Tome reports from Tinian

The 37th memorial service for the Okinawan war dead was held at the Tower of Okinawa in Tinian on May 27. About 100 people, including Okinawan returnees from Tenian, their families and local officials, attended the memorial service. They consoled...

Ryukyu Golden Kings win the national championship for the third time

Ryukyu Golden Kings win the national championship for the third time

May 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s national league basketball team won the championship in Japan’s professional basketball league or “bj league” at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo on May 25. In the play off for the 2013-2014 season championship, the Ryukyu Golden Kings beat...

About 2,100 people take part in 5.15 peace rally despite the rain

About 2,100 people take part in 5.15 peace rally despite the rain

May 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 18, the last day of the 37th peace march, a rally to protect life and peace was held in Ginowan. The march and rally commemorate the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty from the United Sates occupation. Despite heavy rain,...

60,000 Easter lilies in full bloom in Okinawa

60,000 Easter lilies in full bloom in Okinawa

May 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the solar calendar of East Asian cultures, May 5 or “Lixia” marks the beginning of Summer. The season was ushered in with the blooming of 60,000 Easter lilies at Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park in Okinawa City.

Many families viewed the lillies while...

The rainy season begins in Okinawa

The rainy season begins in Okinawa

May 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 5, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced the beginning of the rainy season in Okinawa.

It started four days earlier than average years and five days earlier than last year.
Due to the seasonal rain front, the state of the atmosphere in...

2.7-meter long moray captured

2.7-meter long moray captured

April 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ballroom dance instructor and hobby-fisherman Minoru Higa has caught a 2.7-meter long moray. He said of the catch, “It was a hard work.” Before being pulled in, it struggled to escape, and swam back and forth for 50 meters along the dock.

On the...

A giant bluefin tuna caught at Tomari Fishing Port in Naha

A giant bluefin tuna caught at Tomari Fishing Port in Naha

April 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the middle of the fishing season, Asumaru ship captain Masanori Isagawa caught a giant bluefin tuna weighing 327 kilograms at Tomari Port in Naha on April 25. Isagawa said with a smile, “After seeing the tuna caught by longline fishing, I was so happy.”

The...