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Ritz Carton Okinawa wins Crystal Awards 2013

Ritz Carton Okinawa wins Crystal Awards 2013

September 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA took first prize in the Crystal Awards 2013. The awards are given to spas in Japan, which are chosen by the customers. This event, which is the only exhibition specializing in the spa and wellness business in Japan, aims to help establish the Japanese style spa. The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA won the award for Excellence in Treatment Techniques, Facilities, Hospitality and Customer Service.

The Okinawa Beach Resort Ocean...

 

Black rice paper butterfly found for the first time in Okinawa

Black rice paper butterfly found for the first time in Okinawa

September 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The rice paper butterfly characterized by its black and white patchy pattern is the largest butterfly in Japan. Its black color variety was found on September 25. It is very rare to see such a butterfly.

The butterfly has wings that are more than 90 percent...

Okinawa Governor suggests he will reject base relocation proposal

September 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly began questioning the Okinawa Prefectural Government on September 26 for the September round of regular meetings. Four people asked questions on the first day. Governor Hirokazu Nakaima stated that he will decide in December...

Awamori seminar held in South Korea

<em>Awamori</em> seminar held in South Korea

September 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Seoul office of the Japan External Trade Organization held a seminar event at Gangnam Finance Center in Seoul on September 24 to introduce the Okinawan alcoholic beverage awamori to local hotels and izakaya or Japanese style taverns. A...

Battle of Okinawa testimony documentary film to be screened

Battle of Okinawa testimony documentary film to be screened

September 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From September 28 at the Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman City, the Okinawa Prefectural Government will screen a documentary film featuring 350 Battle of Okinawa survivor testimonies.

To mark the film release, on September 28 a symposium was held with...

Traditional Chinese and Japanese parades performed during full moon festival

Traditional Chinese and Japanese parades performed during full moon festival

A full moon festival was held in the square in front of the Tomimori Community Center in Yaese on September 22. The town’s intangible cultural heritage parades: Tunchu junei (Chinese), Yamatonchu junei (Japanese) and Yonshi (women’s) were held. The parades depicted colorful...

[Editorial] Defense Bureau keeps information on dugongs from the public

September 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau has confirmed that in 2012, for the first time in three years, dugongs came to feed in the sea off Henoko in Nago. This area is the site of the planned reclamation for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Records...

Tourism generates 676.7 billion yen in economic ripple effect

September 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17, the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced the economic ripple effect of tourism in Okinawa in the 2012 fiscal year. With increasing numbers of tourists from overseas, this business produced a ripple effect worth 676.7 billion yen in 2012,...

U.S.military completes deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

U.S.military completes deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

September 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. Marine Corps has completed moving 12 another MV-22 Osprey aircraft from Iwakuni Air Station to Okinawa. The last aircraft arrived at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the evening of September 25. The U.S. military has now stationed 24 Osprey...

Okinawa holds rally to promote Shimakutuba

Okinawa holds rally to promote <em>Shimakutuba</em>

September 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government held the first Shimakutuba Citizens’ Rally at the Okinawa Convention Center Conference Building in Ginowan City on September 18. The aim of the rally was to encourage Okinawan people to be become interested in Shimakutuba...

Nago City Office signs up for diplomatic think tank

September 20, 2013 Ryota Nakamura of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nago City Office has decided to sign up to the think tank New Diplomacy Initiative, which sends out information and makes policy recommendations between Japan and the United States. It is rare for a municipal office in Japan to become involved...