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Typhoon No. 2 blows over 300 year-old Ako tree at Hamahiga-jima

Typhoon No. 2 blows over 300 year-old Ako tree at Hamahiga-jima

June 16, 2011 The Ryukyu Shimpo

An Ako tree (Ficus superba Miq. var. japonica Miq.) estimated to be over 300 years-old that stood in the Katsuren-Hama district of Uruma City has been blown over by the strong winds of Typhoon No.2. It was laid bare as it smashed down on the masonry block wall of Hama Junior High School. Local residents believe that a Kijimuna, or Okinawan fairy, lives in the old tree. They love the tree and want to preserve it.

Ninety-four year-old Fumio...

 

Okinawa promotes testing center for Android

June 15, 2011 Takashi Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa prefecture is promoting the construction of a testing center for Android, a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. To date, Google Inc. has led the way in the development of...

Sweet Bakery Porsche wins Gold medal in the Monde Selection

Sweet Bakery Porsche wins Gold medal in the Monde Selection

June 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Sweet Bakery Porsche Co., (president Kazuko Takushi) located in Yomitan Village, won two gold medals for its products, Beni-imo-tart and Shiogoma-chinsukou, and one bronze medal for its Beni-imo-galette in the food section of the 2011...

Haebaru Junior High School students learn about the ravages of war in order to become peace tour guides.

Haebaru Junior High School students learn about the ravages of war in order to become peace tour guides.

June 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-four Haebaru Junior High School third-grade students have qualified as peace guides for battlefield tours of Okinawa.
As practice, on June 21 they are scheduled to guide first grade boys and girls from their own school through the Haebaru Imperial Japanese...

One million paper cranes converted to stationery and sent to conflict-torn regions

One million paper cranes converted to stationery and sent to conflict-torn regions

June 14, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 11, the “Thousand Crane Project For a Hopeful Future,” which reutilizes paper cranes donated by peace memorial facilities and battle sites in Okinawa, held its fifth delivery ceremony at Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Mabuni, Itoman City....

Protest rally against the Kadena-Futenma integration plan

Protest rally against the Kadena-Futenma integration plan

June 12, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Protest rally against the Kadena-Futenma integration plan” was held at Michinoeki Kadena, in Kadena Town. Those at the rally adopted a resolution and called for the rescinding of the Kadena-Futenma integration plan, the reduction of accidents related to the...

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Tripod Co. seeks to establish a medical tourism partnership with China to attract wealthy visitors

Tripod Co. seeks to establish a medical tourism partnership with China to attract wealthy visitors

June 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tripod is a company operating out of Tomigusuku City that mainly coordinates healthcare tourism. Its president, Seishu Tamaki, is seeking to collaborate with Yuanhua Healthcare Co.Ltd, headed by president Zhao Lei, to attract wealthy tourists from China. With 500,000...

Eisa Advertising Tower erected at the Raikamu intersection

Eisa Advertising Tower erected at the Raikamu intersection

June 14, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Zento (all islands) Eisa Festival Executive Committee (headed by Mitsuko Tomon, Mayor of Okinawa City) has erected a tower advertising Eisa, a type of folk dance unique to the people of the Ryukyu Islands, at the Raikamu (Rycom) intersection in Yamazato,...

The sun shining on squid drying in the open air on Ojima Island

The sun shining on squid drying in the open air on Ojima Island

June 11, 2011 by Yasuhide Matayoshi, Photographer of Ryukyu Shimpo

A typical scene as people start their traditional summer work of drying squid in the sun on the fishermen’s island of Ojima, Nanjo City. Squid caught in the morning are carefully prepared and brought into the port to be hung...

Ginowan Mayor’s sit-in-protest against the Osprey deployment

Ginowan Mayor’s sit-in-protest against the Osprey deployment

June 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of June 13 residents of Ginowan City watched a sit-in protest rally at the City Hall against plans to deploy the MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft. The protest included Takeshi Asato, mayor of Ginowan City, city council...