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Sunflowers in full bloom in Haebaru

Sunflowers in full bloom in Haebaru

July 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 25,000 sunflowers now as high as two meters are in full bloom in a 1,980 square-meter field in Miyahira, Haebaru. Local resident Shinsuke Arakaki owns the field.

Haebaru Town and the Town Tourist Association celebrated the sunflowers on July 10, but the flowers will still be at their best until about July 20.

Deputy mayor Shinsho Kuniyoshi, 119 pupils of Haebaru Elementary School and the mascot character for the town, Haerun, enjoyed walking...

 

Pupils pick tea in Nago

Pupils pick tea in Nago

July 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eleven pupils of Nago City Inada Elementary School picked tea in the tea garden at Goga on July 5.

Staff of the Tea Producers Association of the JA Okinawa showed the pupils what to do. The children enjoyed making tea using traditional methods and hoped that...

Sexual minorities give lesson at Okinawan high school

Sexual minorities give lesson at Okinawan high school

July 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chubu Agricultural High School in Taba, Uruma invited people from sexual minorities to deliver a special class on July 9. By meeting 22 such people, their family members and friends, the students were introduced to different ways of life and forms of sexuality.

This...

Thousands of Yokohama company employees wear kariyushi shirts

Thousands of Yokohama company employees wear <em>kariyushi</em> shirts

July 7, 2013 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Three thousand employees of JFE Engineering have begun wearing kariyushi shirts in the company’s offices from July. Twelve branches nationwide from Hokkaido to Kyushu, including the main office at Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture,...

Tomigusuku ranks as Okinawa’s most livable city

July 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo-based Toyo Keizai magazine announced their annual ranking of the Japan’s most livable cities for 2013. In Okinawa, Tomigusuku came 1st followed by Uruma and Nago. The previous year Nago came 2nd ahead of Uruma.

In the national rankings, Tomigusuku...

Noguchigera released after road accident

Noguchigera released after road accident

July 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A noguchigera, or Okinawa woodpecker, a species designated as a special national treasure, has recovered from injuries suffered in a road accident. It was released in Jashiki, Kunigami, about six kilometers off the road on July 8.

This is the first time that...

Okinawa governor asks Japanese government to cancel plan to deploy more Osprey to Okinawa

Okinawa governor asks Japanese government to cancel plan to deploy more Osprey to Okinawa

July 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima visited Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga at the office of the Prime Minister on July 9. They asked Suga to cancel the plan by which the U.S. military would station additional MV-22 Osprey aircraft...

Protest march against deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

Protest march against deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

July 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Peace Movement Center held a protest march on July 5 against the deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa, and has demanded the removal of the aircraft from the prefecture. About 60 people marched from Nodake Gate of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in...

Milky Way shines in Star Festival on Yonaguni

Milky Way shines in Star Festival on Yonaguni

July 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

People in Kubura on Yonaguni Island saw the Milky Way in the southeastern sky the day before the Star Festival on July 7.
To the naked eye, the Milky Way looked like a white, blurry cloud extending from the southeastern to the eastern sky, but a camera using...

Naha-Beijing route restarts nine months after Senkakus dispute

Naha-Beijing route restarts nine months after Senkakus dispute

July 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 3, Air China restarted its Naha-Beijing service that had been suspended from October 10, 2012 because of the Senkaku Islands dispute between Japan and China. At 7:00 p.m. that evening 136 people arrived at Naha Airport from Beijing and 59 people went to Beijing...

Crabs spawn under full moon

Crabs spawn under full moon

June 29, 2013

A species of terrestrial crab known as okagani came from inland on Ikema Island in Miyako to the coast to spawn on the night on June 23. That night the full moon, known as the “Super Moon,” looked much bigger and brighter than usual. With their eggs stuck on their...