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A Field Blanketed in Yellow Sunflowers in Full Bloom in Kumejima

A Field Blanketed in Yellow Sunflowers in Full Bloom in Kumejima

March 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kumejima – Enormous sunflower blossoms invite huge smiles. A field in Janadou, Kumejima is blanketed with yellow sunflowers.

Tourists stop to enjoy the contrast between the flowers and the blue sky.

The sunflower field is close to the Kumejima Eef Beach Hotel. Large sunflowers cover the approximately 50-meter field.

A young office worker visiting from Naha says, “I’ve never seen sunflowers blanketing a field like this.” She adds,...

 

Injured Okinawa woodpecker returns to wild after three months of rehab

Injured Okinawa woodpecker returns to wild after three months of rehab

March 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kunigami, Okinawa—In the afternoon on March 16, a rescued Okinawa woodpecker was released back into the wild in Ada, Kunigami, where it was found injured. Okinawa woodpeckers are an endangered species and also designated a special national treasure. The bird was...

Crimson deigo flowers bloom brilliantly in the chilly spring weather

Crimson deigo flowers bloom brilliantly in the chilly spring weather

March 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, high atmospheric pressure brought clear skies to the Okinawa region. Okinawa’s official flower, the deigo, of the legume family, was in full bloom at the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park in Okinawa City, to the delight of visitors to the park....

A beach opening with no swimmers? Japan’s southernmost event to be curtailed by COVID-19

A beach opening with no swimmers? Japan’s southernmost event to be curtailed by COVID-19

March 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – “Japan’s Southernmost point! Yaeyama Beach Opening 2020” (hosted by the Yaeyama Visitor’s Bureau) was held March 14 at Sukuji Beach in Kabira, Yaeyama. However, the event was greatly scaled back as a prevention measure against the spread of...

El Comal food stand in Miyakojima is lining up customers with their spicy tacos, a blend of island ingredients and original Mexican flavor

El Comal food stand in Miyakojima is lining up customers with their spicy tacos, a blend of island ingredients and original Mexican flavor

March 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyakojima – Tacos and beans with a spicy flavor that never gets old, refreshing mojitos, and sweet and sophisticated premium tequila.

These can all be enjoyed at El Comal, a Tex-Mex food stand tucked into Shimozato Street in Hirara, Miyakojima.

The...

High levels of PFOS detected in Kin Town, the highest level at site adjacent to US base

High levels of PFOS detected in Kin Town, the highest level at site adjacent to US base

March 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

It came to light on March 11 that through a water quality study conducted on the rivers and drainage channels in Kin Town, Okinawa Prefecture, high concentrations of organic fluorine compounds (PFOS/PFOA), the use of which is principally prohibited within Japan,...

What is eisa? Lecture series attracts 270 participants

What is eisa?  Lecture series attracts 270 participants

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Eisa Museum (Eisa Kaikan) opened two years ago in Koza Music Town, Okinawa City, as a hub to inform on all things eisa—a traditional Okinawan performance.

Its main project, the “Eisa University” lecture series, has been gained popularity.

The...

Jade Vine in Bloom Best Time to See the Enchanting Greenery

Jade Vine in Bloom  Best Time to See the Enchanting Greenery

March 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the home of Chieko Yogi in Shuritera, Naha, a jade vine is blooming beautifully.

Her neighbors are enjoying the lovely jade color. According to Yogi, the flowers will probably last until the end of March.

The jade vine is a climbing plant native...

Okinawa to raise Employment Adjustment Subsidy as an emergency measure to aid businesses affected by the coronavirus

Okinawa to raise Employment Adjustment Subsidy as an emergency measure to aid businesses affected by the coronavirus

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki announced emergency measures to support business owners suffering from the effects COVID-19 such as the sharp decrease in sales March 9 at an emergency press conference.

Governor Tamaki indicated, “The complex...

Henoko locals question Okinawa Defense Bureau’s artificial turtle nests

Henoko locals question Okinawa Defense Bureau’s artificial turtle nests

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
Henoko, Nago City—On March 9, the Okinawa Defense Bureau proceeded to fill the coast with sand and dirt as part of the land reclamation project to build a new U.S. military base for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Workers...

Okinawa university students appeal to U.N. Secretary-General to visit Okinawa

Okinawa university students appeal to U.N. Secretary-General to visit Okinawa

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Please look at what’s happening in Okinawa.”

That is the message of a letter sent by around 40 students at Okinawa International University to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who will be visiting Japan in August.

The Secretary-General...