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Golden Dragons, auspicious clouds on the pillars in Shurijo Castle

Golden Dragons, auspicious clouds on the pillars in Shurijo Castle

August 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Repair work on the pillars of the Seiden (State Hall) in Shurijo Castle, which began in February, has reached the final stage. The painting of golden dragons and auspicious clouds on the pillars by craftsmen began on August 26 and will end in early September. Four pillars called kouhaibashira are in the main building that visitors face to worship in the castle. The park has been repairing the two middle pillars that have begun to deteriorate.

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University of Tokyo students teach children in Iheya

University of Tokyo students teach children in Iheya

August 22, 2013 Hideyoshi Noho, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Iheya Village held an annual course to invite students from the University of Tokyo as tutors for students in the village during summer vacation on August 10. This is the third time the village has held the course. With an...

Exploratory drilling for natural gas in Miyako

Exploratory drilling for natural gas in Miyako

September 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government started exploratory drilling for natural gas in Gusukubebora, Miyako on August 31.

The government plans to carry out exploratory drilling at three sites in Okinawa. To start with, they are working on the drilling in Miyako....

Okinawa government provides information about Henoko relocation

August 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government has filed an application to the Governor of Okinawa for permission to reclaim land off Henoko, Nago in preparation for relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Okinawa Prefectural Government has received 3,500 statements of...

[Editorial] U.S. military’s shameful cover up of Osprey crash in Nevada

August 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

How long will the U.S. military continue to hide information? The latest example is the accident in which an MV-22 Osprey failed when landing in Nevada. The U.S. military provided few answers to questions from the Ryukyu Shimpo. They went no further than saying...

Memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

Memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

August 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

August 22 marked 69 years since the evacuation ship Tsushima-Maru carrying many schoolchildren was sunk by a U.S. submarine. At a memorial service was held at the Kozakura-no-To monument in Wakasa, Naha, about 350 people, including survivors, bereaved families,...

High level PCBs found in mongooses near Futenma Air Station

August 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A study group from Ehime University and Meio University has discovered high levels of toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in mongooses caught near U.S. military bases such as Futenma Air Station in Ginowan. Levels of PCBs in these mongooses were up to 8.9 times...

British missionary Bettelheim court-martialed during American Civil War

British missionary Bettelheim court-martialed during American Civil War

August 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

British missionary and physician Dr. Bernard Bettelheim stayed in the Ryukyu Kingdom for eight years from 1846 before leaving Okinawa with Commodore Perry’s fleet. It is now known that he served as a surgeon during the American Civil War (1861-1865) after...

Unjami Festival in Ogimi

<em>Unjami</em> Festival in Ogimi

August 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Unjami Festival was held in Shioya Bay and other areas of Ogimi on August 25. Designated as one of Japan’s significant intangible folk cultural assets, the event features the Ugan Barley dragon boat race and Okinawan shaman or kaminchu...

Coral bleaching confirmed at Kunigami for the first time since 1998

Coral bleaching confirmed at Kunigami for the first time since 1998

August 18, 2013 Mifuyu Hattori, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Nature guides have confirmed coral bleaching in the whole area of reefs in Kunigami. Some experts say that rising sea temperatures caused by record-breaking heat and strong sunlight have affected the condition of the coral reefs....

Thai government holds Thailand Festival in Okinawa

Thai government holds Thailand Festival in Okinawa

August 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seeking to attract tourists from Okinawa to Thailand, the Tourism Agency of the Thai Government has held the Thailand Festival at the Naha branch of Aeon, a specialist shopping mall developer, on August 24 and 25. The agency set up a space for selling miscellaneous...