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Lily festival starts on Iejima Island

Lily festival starts on Iejima Island

April 20, 2014 Yukito Kinjo, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The 19th Lily Festival started at Lily Field Park in Ie Village on April 19.
The flower will be in full bloom by the end of the month when Golden Week holidays start. About 100 flowers will form a white carpet to fill the park. With admission free, the event will last until May 6.

Since the festival began, many families and tourists have visited the park and enjoyed smelling the blossoms. The Village Mayor Hideyuki...

 

Black tea harvesting begins in Kunigami

Black tea harvesting begins in Kunigami

April 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 15, tea production company Kanegawa Tea Factory began harvesting Benifuki black tea at the tea farm in Sate district of Kunigami Village. Takayoshi Ota of the Kunigami Village Office who inspected the harvesting site, said, “I hope the tea will become...

Ryukyu Shimpo and University of the Ryukyus hold newspaper course

Ryukyu Shimpo and University of the Ryukyus hold newspaper course

April 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 15, at the University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara, the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper and the university’s Faculty of Education cooperated to launch a newspaper course. The course is a continuation from the last academic year. It aims to teach students the...

Okinawan sculptor to present a large-sized shisa to the Okinawa Association of Argentina

Okinawan sculptor to present a large-sized <em>shisa</em> to the Okinawa Association of Argentina

April 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-five-year-old sculptor Minoru Kinjo, based in Yomitan Village, will present a pair of large-sized shisa to the Okinawa Association of Argentina. Shisa is a traditional Okinawan ceramic art. Shisa or lion-dogs are believed to ward...

[Editorial]Mr. President: Do not smother democracy in Okinawa!


President Obama, we extend a hearty...

EVA Airways plans to launch flights between Naha and Taipei in mid-June

April 10, 2014 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

EVA Airways, a major airline based in Taiwan, plans to launch new flights between Naha and Taipei on June 17 for the first time. The airline will use Airbus A321-200 with 184 seats, and it will operate one round trip per day. The new addition to the...

Plaintiffs claim landfill work for building US base will damage biodiversity of Henoko

April 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first verbal blows have been struck in a lawsuit challenging Okinawa Governor’s approval of the landfill to build a U.S. air base. On April 16 at the Naha District Court, plaintiffs and local residents asked the court to invalidate Governor Hirokazu...

Nago Mayor to visit the United States in May

Nago Mayor to visit the United States in May

April 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 9, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine announced plans to visit the United States in the middle of May to declare his opposition to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko in Nago.

He is still finalizing the details of his schedule,...

Fishery cooperative and companies create fund for protecting Mozuku seaweed in Kumejima

Fishery cooperative and companies create fund for protecting Mozuku seaweed in Kumejima

April 11, 2014 Tetsuya Nakajima correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

An agreement signing ceremony for a fund to protect Mozuku seaweed was held on April 2 at the town office on Kumejima Island. Kumejima Mayor Choko Taira, Seiji Tonaki, the president of the Kumejima Fishing Cooperative, Takayuki...

Nerpai ritual for charm against Tsunami

<em>Nerpai</em> ritual for charm against Tsunami

April 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Gusukube district of Miyakojima City on April 8, people carried out a traditional Ryukyuan ritual Nerpai to pray for a good harvest and set up charms against tsunami.

About 30 citizens of two villages, Sunagawa and Tomori, took part in the ritual....

An escaping crocodile captured at Chatan restaurant

An escaping crocodile captured at Chatan restaurant

April 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 8:43 a.m. on April 12, the police received a phone call that a reared crocodile had escaped from a restaurant in Mihama district of Chatan. The restaurant was temporarily closed for renovations. At 9:55 a.m., the police officers found the crocodile at a site...