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Record 658,700 tourists visit Okinawa in September

Record 658,700 tourists visit Okinawa in September

October 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 20, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced a new monthly record for tourist visitation numbers in Okinawa. A total of 658,700 people visited Okinawa in September. This is the 24th consecutive month in which the previous year’s figures have been exceeded. The number of tourists who came to Okinawa in the first half of fiscal 2014, that is, from April to September, was up by 10.3 percent to 3,728,100 over the same period the previous...

 

Okinawa Soba Day

Okinawa Soba Day

October 17, 2014 Ryuyu Shimpo

October 17 is Okinawa Soba Day. On October 16, at Okinawa Soba restaurant Kenpa No Subaya in the Omoromachi district of Naha, many businessmen and tourists came to taste the hot noodle with a broth made from bonito flakes.

Mikio Teruya who came with his...

Reddish-brown moon appears in clouds during total eclipse

Reddish-brown moon appears in clouds during total eclipse

October 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 8, a total lunar eclipse was observed in various locations around Okinawa. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is aligned with and comes in between the moon and the sun. The red light from the sun is deflected through the earth’s atmosphere, illuminating...

Futenmagu shrine pilgrimage parade from Ryukyu era revived

Futenmagu shrine pilgrimage parade from Ryukyu era revived

October 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 19, the 2nd Futenmagu shrine pilgrimage parade (Usanchii), one of the King’s annual events during the Ryukyu Dynasty, was held in Ginowan City and at Shurijo Castle in Naha. Along with the King and Queen, 115 citizens who dressed up as sanshikan,...

Fund-raising campaign for cardiomyopathy boy reaches target

Fund-raising campaign for cardiomyopathy boy reaches target

October 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 16, a fund-raising campaign for 12-year-old Rai Matsushima, who is suffering from cardiomyopathy after myocarditis, exceeded its goal of 215 million yen. Rai was told he could only receive heart transplant surgery at a hospital in the United States....

HUOA seeks donations for the construction of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza

HUOA seeks donations for the construction of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza

October 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, President Chris Mamoru Shimabukuro of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), which has been visiting Okinawa from October 7 for an ancestral home study tour, visited the Ryukyu Shimpo building. The HUOA carries out tours every year. This...

Nago City Assembly asks the U.S. and Japanese governments to stop the construction of a new base in Henoko

October 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments are building a new base in the Henoko district of Nago for replacement of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, for which they began marine boring investigations in August. A majority of the Nago City Assembly members resolved...

Agricultural damage from typhoon Vongfong reaches 865 million yen

October 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 14, the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced that the damages to the agricultural and fishery industries from typhoon No.19 Vongfong reached 864,840,000 yen. Twenty-six people were injured, including three serious cases.

There were ten residential...

Panel falls from Kadena F-15 fighter during training

October 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of October 2, a titanium alloy panel fell off an F-15 fighter jet stationed at United States Air Force Kadena Air Base. The panel was from the frame of the plane on the rear of the cockpit and weighed about 2.5 kilograms, with a diameter of about...

Crested serpent eagle released after road accident

Crested serpent eagle released after road accident

October 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Crested Serpent Eagle has recovered from injuries suffered in a road accident that occurred on Prefectural Road 79 in the Sakieda district of Ishigaki in September. It was released on October 4.

According to the Ishigaki Natural Conservation Office, the...

Soap using a mineral unique to Kita Daito Island to be sold worldwide

Soap using a mineral unique to Kita Daito Island to be sold worldwide

October 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Cosmetic company Ecomap has developed a new facial soap using dolomite, which is an anhydrous carbonate mineral that includes calcium and magnesium. The mineral is produced in Kita Daito Island. This is the first time that a cosmetic item using dolomite has been...