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Brown sugar from Okinawa popular in Shanghai

Brown sugar from Okinawa popular in Shanghai

February 11, 2013 Ryota Kotani, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 24 and 25, the Kyushu Okinawa Food Fair was held at the Metro City shopping mall in Shanghai. This event was originally scheduled to be held last October, but was postponed due to the dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands or Diaoyutais.

The Okinawa Prefectural Government exhibited products such as shekwasha (citrus depressa) juice and brown sugar from its antenna shop in Shanghai. Many...

 

Road accidents involving Yambaru kuina hit record high

February 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 14, the Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Nature Conservation Office announced that in 2012 there were 49 road accidents involving the endangered Yambaru kuina or Okinawa Rail, the highest number since recording began in 1995. For the first time...

Second-generation Okinawan receives Presidential Citizens Medal

February 14, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On February 8, the White House announced that 90 year-old second-generation Okinawan Terry Shima from Hawaii has received the Presidential Citizens Medal.
During World War II, Shima joined the U.S. Army 442nd...

Yomiuri Giants pitcher Miyaguni gives Valentine’s chocolates to female fans

Yomiuri Giants pitcher Miyaguni gives Valentine’s chocolates to female fans

February 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 14, at Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha, the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, which commenced its second training camp, held a special Valentine’s Day event in the stadium. Two young pitchers, Ryosuke Miyaguni, who is from Okinawa, and Yuki Koyama, gave Valentine’s...

Levels of air pollution in Okinawa exceed national environmental standard

February 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Concerned about the effects of air pollution from China, on February 7, the Environmental Preservation Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) released measurements of particles called PM2.5 (that are smaller than 2.5 micrometers) that originate from...

First charter flight from Seoul arrives on Miyako-jima

First charter flight from Seoul arrives on Miyako-jima

February 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 8, an Asiana Airlines charter flight carrying 179 tourists arrived from Korea at Miyako Airport in Miyako-jima. This is the first time that Asiana Airlines has offered the flight between Seoul and Miyako-jima. People from the Miyako-jima Tourism Association...

Hoan-den in Motobu may become nationally-designated Important Intangible Cultural Property

<em>Hoan-den</em> in Motobu may become nationally-designated Important Intangible Cultural Property

February 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, Masami Shibata of the Osaka-based War Remains Research Association that is engaged in heritage work for war-related sites, researched the Hoan-den in Jahana, in the Motobu district, and then on January 29 visited a location in Tancha that...

Fallen cherry trees reborn as new products

Fallen cherry trees reborn as new products

February 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In cooperation with the Yuimun Craft Shop, the Motobu Municipal Office has created chopsticks, pens, and straps from the wood from Taiwan cherry trees near Mt. Yaedake that were blown over in last year’s typhoons. They will use of the proceeds to buy and plant...

Traditional Kumi-odori preservation organization incorporated

Traditional <em>Kumi-odori</em> preservation organization incorporated

February 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 29, the Dento Kumi-odori Hozonkai, a voluntary organization to which the professionals of kumi-odori or traditional Okinawan musical belong, was designated as a general incorporated association by the government. Kumi-odori is recognized...

Okinawa Actors’ Association to be incorporated

Okinawa Actors’ Association to be incorporated

February 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

By mid-February, the voluntary group the Okinawa Actors’ Association, which is made up of the actors of Uchina shibai or Okinawan plays, will change into a general incorporated association, and start working to reinvigorate Okinawan popular drama. Becoming...

Okinawan traditional horse racing to be revived

Okinawan traditional horse racing to be revived

February 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni, Zoo & Museum, is working to resurrect Okinawan traditional horse racing called uma-harase, which was lost almost 70 years ago because of the war. Since last October, zookeepers are preparing the unique racing style using...