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Okinawaya store constructs 3-meter tall Shisa statues on Kokusai-dori to provide spiritual protection from COVID-19 for Okinawa

Okinawaya store constructs 3-meter tall Shisa statues on Kokusai-dori to provide spiritual protection from COVID-19 for Okinawa

August 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawaya installed giant Shisa statues that reach over three meters in height in front of their flagship store on Kokusai-dori in Makishi, Naha, delighting both Okinawans and tourists who visit the street.

Each statue weighs 300 kilograms and reaches a height of 3 meters and 30 centimeters, and the two combine measure around 4 meters across. The statues are original characters by Okinawaya, which were designed and manufactured 13 years...

 

Refreshing! Time to Harvest Unripe Shikuwasa

Refreshing! Time to Harvest Unripe Shikuwasa

September 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It is currently the best time to harvest unripe shikuwasa, a fruit commonly used in cooking and known for its characteristic refreshing aroma. On the morning of September 1, farmers in Kijoka in Ogimi, the center of Shikuwasa production, were out...

What is the sanlele? FM Yomitan radio share its origins and allure

What is the sanlele? FM Yomitan radio share its origins and allure

September 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

August 30 was Sanlele Day in Okinawa. FM Yomitan, Yomitan Village’s community FM radio station (President Tomoharu Nakasone), broadcasted a special program titled Sanlele Radio Festival. Sanlele (a blend of sanshin and ukulele) is a musical instrument...

Sugok Shin wins “ground-breaking” defamation lawsuit concerning DHC program News Girls

Sugok Shin wins “ground-breaking” defamation lawsuit concerning DHC program News Girls

September 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sugok Shin and other plaintiffs were interviewed in Tokyo on September 1 regarding the Tokyo District Court’s decision in their defamation lawsuit concerning the television program News Girls (Nyūsu Joshi), which picked up the topic of protest...

Hirokazu Ueyonabaru returns home to Okinawa from the Tokyo Paralympics with two bronze medals in wheelchair T52 races, “the cheers gave me power”

Hirokazu Ueyonabaru returns home to Okinawa from the Tokyo Paralympics with two bronze medals in wheelchair T52 races, “the cheers gave me power”

August 31 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Hirokazu Ueyonabaru, 50, – SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. – who won the bronze medal in both the 400-meter and 1,500-meter men’s T52 wheelchair race, returned to Okinawa the evening of August 30, landing at Naha airport. Seeing the people who came...

Chair of expert committee notes short supply of hospital beds in determining that “Okinawa is having the toughest time” with COVID-19 in Japan

Chair of expert committee notes short supply of hospital beds in determining that “Okinawa is having the toughest time” with COVID-19 in Japan

August 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Takaji Wakita, the chairman of an advisory board of experts assembled to advise the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) on policies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, indicated on August 25 that Okinawa’s strained healthcare system...

Naha ranks second in list of best cities to live in Japan

Naha ranks second in list of best cities to live in Japan

August 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 25, Tokyo-based Daito Trust Construction Company, led by President Katsuma Kobayashi, published its ranking of the most livable places in Japan and places people want to move to. Ranked by municipality, Naha City ranked 2nd in the list of...

Ginowan citizens rally to protest Marine Corps releasing PFAS-contaminated water

Ginowan citizens rally to protest Marine Corps releasing PFAS-contaminated water

August 27, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In response to an incident in which water contaminated with polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that had been stored on Futenma Air Station was treated and released into the sewers by the U.S. Marine Corps, on August 26 Ginowan citizens rallied in front...

Futenma Begins Disposing of PFAS-Polluted Water in Sewage System Disposal is “Safe and Clean”, Says U.S. Military

Futenma Begins Disposing of PFAS-Polluted Water in Sewage System  Disposal is “Safe and Clean”, Says U.S. Military

August 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the morning of August 26, the U.S. Marines in Okinawa announced that they have begun disposing of polluted water containing organofluorine compounds (PFAS) in the public sewage system after the water has been treated. They had been storing the...

Despite requests not to visit, the Tokashiki beaches see a constant stream of tourists

Despite requests not to visit, the Tokashiki beaches see a constant stream of tourists

August 23, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideaki Yoneda

 

Tokashiki – Paying no heed to the coronavirus pandemic, large numbers of tourists have come to Tokashiki Island, filling the beaches for some fun in the sand, sun, and ocean water.

Despite a typhoon cancelling ferries...

Academia, government enter seven-party partnership to preserve World Natural Heritage sites in Okinawa

Academia, government enter seven-party partnership to preserve World Natural Heritage sites in Okinawa

August 20, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 19, seven parties, including the prefectural government and the University of the Ryukyus, entered a partnership agreement to preserve and manage the World Natural Heritage sites of northern Okinawa and Iriomote Island. The partnership will...