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“Finally, for real,” the University of the Ryukyus has their new student ceremony, which this year includes second-year students

“Finally, for real,” the University of the Ryukyus has their new student ceremony, which this year includes second-year students

April 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

University of the Ryukyus had both their 2020 and 2021 new student ceremony April 6 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.

First, a ceremony was had for the second-year students who entered the university in 2020, then again for the new students entering in 2021.

The first group of second-year students had their original new student ceremony cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and around 1,000 students attended the make-up...

 

Bankoku Shinryo Conference proposes bringing attention to reducing base burden on Okinawa

Bankoku Shinryo Conference proposes bringing attention to reducing base burden on Okinawa

March 31, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 31 the Bankoku Shinryo Conference on U.S. Military Base Issues (Bankoku Shinryo, meaning: bridge between nations) delivered its proposal for reducing the base burden on Okinawa, which includes the compiled discussions of the Conference from...

Every Chatan elementary and junior high school teacher to receive “peace training,” second of its kind in Okinawa

Every Chatan elementary and junior high school teacher to receive “peace training,” second of its kind in Okinawa

April 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wakana Arakaki

 

The Chatan Board of Education is set to offer “peace education training” to all of its elementary and junior high school faculty this academic year. While many municipalities in Okinawa offer peace training to first-year...

Naha Hari dragon boat race, an Okinawan Golden Week tradition, cancelled for second straight year due to COVID-19

Naha Hari dragon boat race, an Okinawan Golden Week tradition, cancelled for second straight year due to COVID-19

March 31, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Naha City announced March 31 that in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they would be cancelling the 47th annual Naha Hari races scheduled to take place from May 3-5 at the Naha Port Piers. This is the second straight year the event has been...

Honoring generations of kings and praying for the restoration of Shuri Castle Ushimi at Tamaudun and Fungaku Sanryo

Honoring generations of kings and praying for the restoration of Shuri Castle  Ushimi at Tamaudun and Fungaku Sanryo

March 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 28, the Ushimi, a ritual visit, was performed at Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum in Shuri Kinjo and at Fungaku Sanryo in Shuri Yamagawa, both in Naha. Generations of monarchs of the Second Sho Dynasty of the Ryukyu Kingdom are entombed at...

JTA launches first new air route in 10 years from Miyako to Nagoya with one flight in each direction daily

JTA launches first new air route in 10 years from Miyako to Nagoya with one flight in each direction daily

March 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Miyakojima) On March 28, Japan Transocean Air (JTA; president: Noriyuki Aoki) put into service a new route connecting Miyako and Nagoya (Chubu). Miyakojima mayor Kazuyuki Zakimi and members of tourism-related organizations gathered at a ceremony held...

Okinawa asks that companies “practice self-restraint” and refrain from parties for new and departing employees, and limit attendance and time for tomb-sweeping festivals

Okinawa asks that companies “practice self-restraint” and refrain from parties for new and departing employees, and limit attendance and time for tomb-sweeping festivals

March 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Prefecture announced a special emergency policy March 29 to help contain the spread of COVID-19, asking for strict observance of pandemic prevention measures for seasonal events starting in April such as the tomb-sweeping festival (shimi)...

A super-sized haul of high-class spangled emperor fish known as taman brought into Toya Fishing Port in Yomitan, “It will be tasty any way you cook it”

A super-sized haul of high-class spangled emperor fish known as taman brought into Toya Fishing Port in Yomitan, “It will be tasty any way you cook it”

March 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Yomitan – Around eight tons of spangled emperor fish called taman, which is now in season, was brought into Toya Fishing Port in Yomitan on March 23. Along with akajin grouper, akamachi snapper, and makubu blackspot...

Under blue skies, the season for harvesting fresh lettuce arrives in Itoman City

Under blue skies, the season for harvesting fresh lettuce arrives in Itoman City

March 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 25, due to being covered by a high-pressure system, sunny weather spread to regions throughout Okinawa. This heralds in the season for harvesting lettuce in Itoman City.

In Maehira, Itoman City, harvesting work is very busy in 45-year-old...

World’s first commercial technology to freeze pig sperm enables stable production of Agu brand pork

World’s first commercial technology to freeze pig sperm enables stable production of Agu brand pork

March 25, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Hideki Tatemoto, a professor at the University of the Ryukyus Faculty of Agriculture, announced on March 24 that he developed a technology to supply frozen purebred-Agu pig sperm to industry. The Agu is an indigenous Okinawan pig breed restored to...

Closing ceremonies held at Okinawan elementary and junior high schools, “We made it through a difficult year”

Closing ceremonies held at Okinawan elementary and junior high schools, “We made it through a difficult year”

March 25, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 24, 245 public elementary and junior high schools in Okinawa held closing ceremonies to mark the end of the school year. At Nakagusuku Minami Elementary School in Nakagusuku, measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 meant that the entire...