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Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village

Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village

March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The 33rd Higashi Village Azalea Festival has kicked off at the Higashi Sonmin no Mori Tsutsuji Park on March 1. Although the flowers have been slower to bloom than in previous years, with the most of the plants in the park only partly flowering, some were blooming in bright red and pink colors. The best time to view the flower is in the middle of this month, according to park staff. Visitors searched for blooming flowers, and enjoyed the coming of spring.

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JCG’s craft hits rubber boat carrying Henoko protesters

JCG's craft hits rubber boat carrying Henoko protesters

March 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A collision occurred when the Japan Coast Guard (JCG)’s special guard and rescue craft “Arutairu,” was chasing a rubber boat carrying two citizens protesting against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko to replace Marine Corps...

JCG’s craft rams into protester’s boat off Henko

JCG's craft rams into protester's boat off Henko

March 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 10, in Oura Bay, Nago, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG)’s special guard and rescue craft collided with a rubber boat carrying two activists protesting against new U.S. base construction. The JCG chased the protesters’ rubber boat, which crossed over...

20 sanshin players perform, protesting against new US military base construction

20 <em>sanshin</em> players perform, protesting against new US military base construction

March 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizens are protesting against offshore construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. On Sanshin Day, March 4, 20 sanshin and Koto performers, including Eiji Shimabukuro,...

People’s rally opposing new US air base planned for March 21

People's rally opposing new US air base planned for March 21

March 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A committee of elected leaders and citizens will hold a people’s rally to block the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, at Sedake beach near the planned site from 1:00 p.m. on March 21. The event is being organized by the five ruling parties of...

New “Awamori Queens” selected

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March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 1 at the Loisir Hotel Naha in Naha City, the 2015 30th Awamori Queen Pageant was held. Miyu Oshiro from Chatan town, and Mako Yonaha and Ayumi Tokashiki from Naha City were selected as new queens. President Misako Tamanaha of the Prefectural Sake Brewers...

Nago Mayor declares he will employ every possible means to stop new US base construction

Nago Mayor declares he will employ every possible means to stop new US base construction

March 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine delivered his policy speech at the monthly meeting of the Nago City Assembly. Inamine criticized the Japanese government for forcing through construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago. He claimed, “The...

Largest black marlin ever caught off Yomitan

Largest black marlin ever caught off Yomitan

February 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 26, the Yomitan Fishery Association landed a giant black marlin at Toya Fishing Port in Yomitan. This was caught using a fixed fishing net. It is the largest black marlin weighing 350 kilograms and 3.90 meter long to be caught since the port opened.

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6 thousand of endemic species Yaeyama Ishigame exported in one and a half years

6 thousand of endemic species Yaeyama Ishigame exported in one and a half years

March 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaeyama Ishigame or yellow pond turtle is endemic to the Yaeyama Islands. It is speculated that only about 30,000 of them live on the islands. According to the Ministry of the Environment, about 6,000 Yaeyama Ishigame turtles were exported overseas between the period...

Multinational party held in monorail attracts 130 people

Multinational party held in monorail attracts 130 people

March 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A monorail station and a train have been transformed into a party venue. On February 28, an international exchange event, “English Network Dinner” was held at Shuri station on the Okinawa City Monorail Line, or Yui Rail. The event participants got to...

Ryukyuan traditional patterns digitalized

Ryukyuan traditional patterns digitalized

March 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Crafts Promotion Center has assembled about one thousand Ryukyuan traditional patterns in a database. These patterns are used for Okinawan lacquer wares, bingata, Okinawan traditional resist dyed cloth, and textiles collected in museums and resource...