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Two sheep join Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Two sheep join Okinawa Zoo and Museum

January 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year is the year of the Sheep in Chinese astrology. Two sheep from a pasture in Kyushu have joined the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. One is a two-year-old male and the other is four-year-old female.

The sheep have 100 percent natural wool and adorable eyes. Being pack animals, they always huddle close when feeding on grass.

The sheep will be shown to the public at the zoo’s Fureai Open Space from the end of January. Yuko Tsuchida...

 

Citizen group aims to nominate Nuchi du Takara for Nobel Peace Prize

Citizen group aims to nominate <em>Nuchi du Takara</em> for Nobel Peace Prize

December 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, a meeting was held in Naha to set up the Nuchi du Takara Society (tentative). The society will work towards getting the concept of ‘Nuchi du Takara’ nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nuchi du Takara is Okinawan dialect for...

Consul general of Germany Karsten visits Ginoza to see “Never War Again”

Consul general of Germany Karsten visits Ginoza to see

December 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Ingo Karsten visited Ginoza Village for the first time to see a production titled “1914-1918 The First World War Collage – Nie Wieder Krieg (Never War Again)” on December 28. This drama,...

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium exhibiting fish from coral reefs in Okinawa

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium exhibiting fish from coral reefs in Okinawa

December 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 27, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium opened its “Oriental Zodiac Aquarium,” which is held every year. This year is the year of the Sheep in Chinese astrology. About 200 fish named after brightly-colored sheep, swam in tanks at the aquarium....

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

December 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shuri Tonokura Community Association held a Nubi dedicatory ceremony at Shuri Castle on December 28. As part of the ceremony, people traditionally took water from the Heduukka River in Kunigami and presented it to the Ryukyu Kingdom’s authorities...

U.S soldier arrested for trespassing in Okinawa City: possibly intoxicated

January 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2, the Okinawa Police Station arrested a 23-year-old second class-ranking staff sergeant, based at Kadena Air Base, on suspicion of trespassing. He was sent to the public prosecutor’s office. According to the police station, the suspect denies...

Villagers pray to newborn sun at ruins of Nakagusuku Castle

Villagers pray to newborn sun at ruins of Nakagusuku Castle

December 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning on December 21, people gathered to worship the rising sun of the winter solstice at the ruins of Nakagusuku Castle. Many villagers from Nakagusuku and Kitanakagusuku took part in the ceremony to pray for good health and development of the...

Yokota wins Miss Onna Nabi crown

Yokota wins Miss <em>Onna Nabi</em> crown

December 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 21 at Onna Village Community Experience and Learning Center, the new “Miss Onna Nabi,” a role designed for the promotion of tourism in Onna Village, was held. Twenty-nine year-old Ayaka Yokota won the Grand Prix and 33-year-old...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly asks for cancellation of new US base in Henoko

December 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 24 Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed a resolution and written opinion asking for the cancellation of construction of a new US base in Henoko, Nago. They were passed with a majority made up of the ruling party and Komei party members. The resolution...

Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation supports Tanzania with baseball gear donation

Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation supports Tanzania with baseball gear donation

December 23, 204 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taku Uehara, teacher of Gushikawa Commercial High School, is promoting baseball in Zanzibar, Tanzania. To support Uehara, Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation will send baseball gear collected from the member schools and individuals, to...

Sit-in protesters sing gospel to oppose the construction of a new U.S military base in Henoko

Sit-in protesters sing gospel to oppose the construction of a new U.S military base in Henoko

December 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The governments of Japan and the United States plan to build a new offshore air base in Henoko, Nago as a replacement for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. On the morning of December 25, about 100 citizens gathered and staged a sit-in protest against the...