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In light of frequent Yambaru Kuina accidents, drivers asked to take caution and drive slowly

In light of frequent Yambaru Kuina accidents, drivers asked to take caution and drive slowly

May 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Northern Okinawa) There are frequent occurrences of traffic accidents involving the Yambaru Kuina, a Natural Monument of Japan. On May 29, the Okinawa Amami Natural Environment Office announced that 11 such traffic accidents have been confirmed from January 1 to May 20, with 10 Yambaru Kuina being killed. It said that there may be increased cases of parent birds and chicks running onto the road in May and June, when the parents are raising their...

 

Prefectural schools in Okinawa close for two weeks from June 7 as Covid-19 measure: request for closure of Elementary and Junior High Schools as well

Prefectural schools in Okinawa close for two weeks from June 7 as Covid-19 measure: request for closure of Elementary and Junior High Schools as well

June 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On June 3, the Novel Coronavirus Task Force of Okinawa held a meeting and announced that it had been decided on a prefectural level to, as a rule, close prefectural schools for two weeks from June 7-20. On June 4, an online meeting will be held to hear...

Some U.S. COVID-19 stimulus checks mistakenly sent to elderly Okinawan pensioners, experts say to “return the checks without cashing”

Some U.S. COVID-19 stimulus checks mistakenly sent to elderly Okinawan pensioners, experts say to “return the checks without cashing”

May 31, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

It was discovered May 30 that when the U.S. sent out $1,400 checks to U.S. citizens as part of their COVID-19 economic stimulus package, some checks were also mistakenly sent out to elderly Okinawans who collect social security from the U.S....

Himeyuri Peace Hall reopens; former school site transformed into cultural hub in Naha’s Asato district

Himeyuri Peace Hall reopens; former school site transformed into cultural hub in Naha’s Asato district

May 28, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Himeyuri Peace Hall, located in the Himeyuri Alumnae Building in Asato, Naha has reopened after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Okinawa Arts and Culture Promotion Association, a non-profit organization, is taking over operations, with...

Tontonmi dance of love – Spring tide in Okinawa, Sashiki Higata

Tontonmi dance of love - Spring tide in Okinawa, Sashiki Higata

May 28, 2021  Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Among the mangroves of Sashiki Higata in Sashiki Fusozaki, Nanjo, Okinawa, the mating season of the barred mudskipper (tontonmi), which began at the start of spring, continues. On May 27, when a spring tide occurred, males could be seen engaging...

Coral spawning on the same night as super moon lunar eclipse, alignment of ocean and cosmos

Coral spawning on the same night as super moon lunar eclipse, alignment of ocean and cosmos

May 27, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideaki Yoneda

 

Coral spawning was observed on the night of May 26 at Aharen Beach in Tokashiki Village. Takashi Matsuda, 49, of the local diving shop Relax Island Tokashiki caught photographs of the spawning. There was a total lunar eclipse...

Katsu Moriguchi holds photography exhibit on Okinawa under U.S. rule in Ginza: “I thought it would become a peaceful island, but…”

Katsu Moriguchi holds photography exhibit on Okinawa under U.S. rule in Ginza: “I thought it would become a peaceful island, but...”

May 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Natsuko Yamakawa

 

(Tokyo) Journalist and former Ryukyu Shimpo reporter Katsu Moriguchi, age 83, of Chiba Prefecture, is holding a photography exhibit titled “Okinawa Under U.S. Rule: Memories of America-yu” at the Washita Shop in Ginza,...

“Who can we tell about our troubles?” Souvenir stores cry for help on a deserted Kokusai-dori

“Who can we tell about our troubles?” Souvenir stores cry for help on a deserted Kokusai-dori

May 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 23, the day Okinawa began a state of emergency that asked people stay home and businesses to close, the streets were much emptier than on a normal Sunday. Even there were some people out and about who grown weary of self-imposed isolation, business...

Naha City, capital of Okinawa Prefecture, celebrates 100 years: “bright smiles in the next 100 years”

Naha City, capital of Okinawa Prefecture, celebrates 100 years: “bright smiles in the next 100 years”

May 21, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 20, Naha City celebrated its 100th anniversary as a city and held a centennial celebration at its city hall. The event commemorated the centennial anniversary as well as its history of overcoming tumultuous times, including the Battle of Okinawa...

18 individuals certified as 2021 Okinawa City Peace Ambassadors to act as storytellers for peace

18 individuals certified as 2021 Okinawa City Peace Ambassadors to act as storytellers for peace

May 20, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takahiro Kina

On April 19 in Okinawa City, the 2021 Okinawa City Peace Ambassador certification ceremony was held at City Hall. The Okinawa City Peace Ambassador Project was started in 1991 for the purpose of conveying the tragic experiences and lessons...

Red flower petals decorate the rainy season street corner for Shoman

Red flower petals decorate the rainy season street corner for Shoman

May 21 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Shoman, the eighth solar term in the traditional lunisolar calendar, falls on May 21 this year. In Okinawa, the term is often combined with the following term, “Boshu” to become “Suman-bosu,” a name used to describe the rainy season.

On...