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On Usui, Kyan’s specialty vegetable reaches peak harvest

On Usui, Kyan’s specialty vegetable reaches peak harvest

February 18. 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

February 18 falls on Usui, one of the 24 solar terms of the lunisolar calendar. It is known as the time of the year when warm weather begins to melt the snow away, and farmers prepare to work as plant life begins to bud. Nonetheless, cold air enveloped the Okinawa region on February 17.

 

In the fields of Kyan, Itoman City, carrots—the town’s specialty vegetable, reached peak harvest. Isao Fujita, 46, harvested...

 

Hokuzan king makes an appearance at Nakijin Castle at night! The world heritage site’s castle wall get a vibrant light-up display

Hokuzan king makes an appearance at Nakijin Castle at night! The world heritage site’s castle wall get a vibrant light-up display

February 17, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nakijin – the Nakijin Tourism Association implemented a projection mapping at Nakijin Castle remains on February 13 and 14. Images like Taiwan cherry blossoms and the ancient Hokuzan king were vividly projected against the castle wall of the world...

Volunteer group involved with recovering war dead remains criticizes the harvesting of dirt for land reclamation in Henoko Bay as “Government violence,” calls for Okinawan governor to investigate

Volunteer group involved with recovering war dead remains criticizes the harvesting of dirt for land reclamation in Henoko Bay as “Government violence,” calls for Okinawan governor to investigate

February 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Takamatsu Gushiken, representing Gamafuya, a volunteer organization that collects the remains of those who died in the Battle of Okinawa, along with the “Association of Religious Leaders Calling for Peace,” held a press conference at the Okinawa...

Hajime Sunagawa awarded Nishi-Nippon International Foundation Asia Contribution Award for cleft palate treatment

Hajime Sunagawa awarded Nishi-Nippon International Foundation Asia Contribution Award for cleft palate treatment

February 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Hajime Sunagawa, an advisor for the Okinawa-Laos Cleft Lip and Palate Support Center, which helps provide treatment to cleft lip and palate patients in Laos, recently received the 22nd Nishi-Nippon International Foundation Asia Contribution Award....

Okinawan man observation deck for a pair of Shisa in front of his house on the Fukushima coast “for the soul of restoration”

Okinawan man observation deck for a pair of Shisa in front of his house on the Fukushima coast “for the soul of restoration”

February 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

 

Next month, March 11, will mark the 10-year anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Izena native Yukiteru Naka, 79, chairman of Tohoku Enterprise, which is tasked with nuclear power plant maintenance, is building an observation...

Gutsy papaya overcoming adversity: Tree trunk growing through gaps in machinery bears fruit

Gutsy papaya overcoming adversity: Tree trunk growing through gaps in machinery bears fruit

February 9, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Mitsue Chinen

 

Ie – In Nishieue, Ie, a single papaya tree grows in front of a farmer’s shed. The roots are twisted and the trunk has forced its way through the gaps in a discarded piece of farm equipment, but this tree stubbornly continues...

Endangered Kentish plover flock flies over “valuable environment” planned for land reclamation

Endangered Kentish plover flock flies over “valuable environment” planned for land reclamation

February 10, 2021 Ryuyu Shimpo

 

A flock of migratory birds was seen on January 31 over the ocean in front of San-A Urasoe Nishikaigan Parco City. According to Chairman Masakuni Yamashiro of the Wild Bird Society of Okinawa, these migratory birds appear to be Kentish plovers. Chobin...

Itoman public market bustles for Lunar New Year amid pandemic

Itoman public market bustles for Lunar New Year amid pandemic

February 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

This year, the first day of the Lunar Calendar falls on February 12. The day before, on tushinuyuru (Lunar New Year’s Eve), the Itomaru public market in Itoman City was bustling with customers purchasing pork, fish cakes, and cut flowers for the...

Distant islands of Okinawa and Hokkaido link hands to produce a friendship awamori “Hagoe” using water from Rebun and produced in Yonaguni

Distant islands of Okinawa and Hokkaido link hands to produce a friendship awamori “Hagoe” using water from Rebun and produced in Yonaguni

February 5, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yuki Muramatsu

 

Yonaguni – Sakimoto Distillery (Toshio Sakimoto, CEO) in Yonaguni announced to Yonaguni Mayor Shukichi Hokama at the town hall January 20 the creation of a new awamori named “Hagoe” (43% alcohol by volume (ABV), 600...

Uber Eats to expand service to Uruma and Okinawa Cities beginning Feb 18

Uber Eats to expand service to Uruma and Okinawa Cities beginning Feb 18

February 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 4, the food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats announced it will expand its service to parts of Okinawa City and Uruma City beginning February 18.

The platform has partnered with approximately 45 restaurants in the two cities....

Okinawa Festival held in Tokyo: Goya and Taco Rice! The “Taste of Okinawa” at home

Okinawa Festival held in Tokyo: Goya and Taco Rice! The “Taste of Okinawa” at home

February 3, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – On February 2, the Haisai! Okinawa Festival began at JA Tokyo AgriPark in Yoyogi, Tokyo. The event is run by JA Okinawa and showcases Okinawan tourism and products. The festival will share Okinawan tourism, goods, and produce like...