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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 a long exposure captured it clearly.

The Milky Way is stars in the galaxy containing the solar system as viewed from the side.

The festival celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime...

 

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...

Summer bonus from the sea for Ojima Islanders

Summer bonus from the sea for Ojima Islanders

July 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 8, which is June 1 in the lunar calendar, there was a good catch of suku fish on Ojima Island, Nanjo. Called suku in Okinawa, they are young rabbitfish, which are normally eaten salted. In the past people used to catch these fish over just a few days between...

Uchinaguchi educational CD now available for sale

<em>Uchinaguchi</em> educational CD now available for sale

July 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

An Uchinaguchi educational CD entitled “Uchinaguchi Learning Beginning Level” became available on July 5 from made-in-okinawa.com. Okinawan actor Masao Hachiki appears in the CD and does the instruction. Similar to English language educational...

Orange light flashing in sky

Orange light flashing in sky

June 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 8:00 p.m. on June 29, the Ryukyu Shimpo received information from many readers that “An orange light is flashing in the sky.” People seemed worried as they looked at the light in the sky above U.S. military bases.

However, at 9:00 p.m., the...

Oliver Stone to visit Okinawa to discuss U.S. military base issue

Oliver Stone to visit Okinawa to discuss U.S. military base issue

July 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an event that celebrates the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the Ryukyu Shimpo, the newspaper will invite two-time Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone to Okinawa. The event will feature a lecture by Stone with a panel discussion. Stone will observe...

Tonan Botanical Garden resumes operation

Tonan Botanical Garden resumes operation

July 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Tonan Shokubutsu Rakuen (Botanical Garden) resumed operation on July 6 after being temporarily closed for renovations. Many people, including tourists and families from within and outside the prefecture, visited the park and enjoyed the more than 1,333 species...

Okinawan media companies to start dieting project

Okinawan media companies to start dieting project

July 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Television Broadcasting and Radio Okinawa held a kick-off event for a dieting project on a stage set up in the open space in front of Palette-Kumoji Shopping Centre in Naha on July 1.

The companies named the project Ichikiro Herasu (Lose...

More MV-22s coming to Okinawa in early August

July 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense announced on July 1 that the U.S. Marine Corps will send 12 additional MV-22 Osprey aircraft to U.S. Iwakuni Air Station, Yamaguchi, from July 28 to 31. The vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft will be deployed to U.S. Marine Corps...

Kerama Islands to be designated as a national park

Kerama Islands to be designated as a national park

July 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Before the end of 2013, the Ministry of the Environment will designate the coast of the Kerama Islands as a national park. Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara announced this at a press conference on July 2. Famous for their precious coral reefs, the Kerama Islands...