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Naha Harii dragon boat race starts under rainy skies

Naha Harii dragon boat race starts under rainy skies

May 4, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The 37th Naha Harii, a three-day dragon boat event, began on March 3 at Naha New Port wharf. On the first day, races were held in various sections including junior high school, PTA and adults. The timing of the competitors’ paddle work was perfectly synchronized as they gave it their all in their colorful dragon boats.
“We didn’t win our race, but it was still a lot of fun. We are sure that our juniors will be able to give it a really good go next...

 

Growing goya as a “Green-Curtain” – a shield against the summer heat Nerima Ward distributes seeds to residents

May 4, 2011 Tokyo

The Nerima Ward Office in Tokyo is encouraging people to grow goya, a bitter-tasting gourd that is a traditional summer vegetable in Okinawa, against walls or in windows in their homes as a form of protection against the summer heat. Helping to block out the sun and to lower...

Three new hybrid orchids registered with the Royal Horticultural Society

Three new hybrid orchids registered with the Royal Horticultural Society

May 1, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Students of the Okinawa Chubu Agricultural High School (Uruma City, Okinawa, principal: Mitsuo Gushiken) have created new hybrid orchids by crossing different wild varieties. These new orchids were registered with the Royal Horticultural Society in England, which...

Fight for human rights in Okinawa

Fight for human rights in Okinawa

May 3, 2011 by Eriko Tamaki, Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Human Rights Association, formed for the protection of human rights for people in Okinawa under the U.S. military administration, and for education about and encouragement of awareness of civil liberties, marked the 50th anniversary of...

New Caledonia joins 5th Uchinanchu Festival for the first time

New Caledonia joins 5th Uchinanchu Festival for the first time

May 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty people of Okinawan descent and a number of government officials from New Caledonia, a special collectivity of France, will take part in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival scheduled to be held in October 2011.
Four members of a family from New Caledonia...

Lawsuit against Kadena Base

Lawsuit against Kadena Base

Residents around Kadena Air Base submit third lawsuit seeking to stop nighttime flights
April 28, 2011

Residents living near the U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa filed a lawsuit at the Okinawa Branch of the Naha District Court on April 28, seeking a ban on flights from night to early...

〈Editorial〉Open letter to Mr. Carl Levin

Ryukyu Shimpo Editorial: Open letter dated April 27, 2011 to Mr. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Dear Friends of the U.S. Congress,
We recommend that the United States Government implement a dramatic change in policy and remove the facilities at Futenma Air...

Miyu’s heart transplant operation is successful, Hospital of Columbia University

April 25, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of April 25, Japan time, 13-year old Miyu Kaname, a Kamimori junior high school student from Urasoe City in Okinawa who was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy requiring a heart transplant to save her life, successfully underwent the transplant...

Miyakojima All Japan Strongman Triathlon won by Japanese

Miyakojima All Japan Strongman Triathlon won by Japanese

April 25, 2011 ,by Yuuna Fukuhara,staff writer of Ryukyu Shimpo

THE 27th ALL JAPAN TRIATHLON MIYAKOJIMA was held on Miyakojima Island on April 24 (co-hosted by Miyakojima City and Ryukyu Shimpo)
One thousand three hundred forty six competitors (1176 male and 170 female) took part in this...

Taketomi’s deigo trees blooming brightly after six years, adding vigor to islanders’ activities

Taketomi’s deigo trees blooming brightly after six years, adding vigor to islanders’ activities

April 17, 2011. by Masatoshi Inafuku, staff writer of Ryukyu Shimpo.

Taketomi Island – deigo tree flower viewing is at its best from early April on Taketomi, one of the Yaeyama Islands south-west of Okinawa. Deigo trees damaged by insects called Deigo-himekobachi, have been...

Hong Kong resumes tours to Japan: Okinawa welcomes tourists

Hong Kong resumes tours to Japan: Okinawa welcomes tourists

April 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 16, Hong Kong companies resumed tours to Japan after halting them after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Hong Kong tour company EGL Tours brought 63 tourists, including media people, to Okinawa from Hong Kong. All such companies in Hong Kong suspended...