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Shisa statue dressed in a Kariyushi mask, but the mask cannot cover its large nose

Shisa statue dressed in a Kariyushi mask, but the mask cannot cover its large nose

April 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A shisa statue standing at the side entrance of the Okinawa Prefectural Office on Kokusaidori in Naha could be seen wearing a cloth mask through April 28. The mask was placed there by Mari Ishikawa from Okinawa Ryusoen, a nearby store that makes and sells Kariyushi clothing, as a call for measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The idea was to, “place it in an easily recognizable spot to raise awareness.”

The mask was made with Okinawan dyed fabric,...

 

On 68th anniversary of San Francisco Treaty, Governor Denny Tamaki calls for dialogue between Japan and U.S., reduction of base burden

On 68th anniversary of San Francisco Treaty, Governor Denny Tamaki calls for dialogue between Japan and U.S., reduction of base burden

April 28, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular press conference on April 24, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, in advance of the 68th anniversary of the signing of the San Francisco Peace Treaty on April 28, 1952, stated, regarding his hope to see the overwhelming burden of bases on Okinawa reduced,...

Large amounts of omiyage in danger of being discarded due to decrease in tourism, and sellers are sending out an SOS “We need Okinawan’s to eat these, now more than ever.”

Large amounts of omiyage in danger of being discarded due to decrease in tourism, and sellers are sending out an SOS “We need Okinawan’s to eat these, now more than ever.”

April 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Eriko Tamaki

The effects of the continued COVID-19 pandemic have rippled out to effect Okinawan-produced goods. Since almost all omiyage stores and other tourist facilities are currently closed for business, there has been a steep decline in sales of souvenirs...

Mystical, endangered orchid blooms in Nago City

Mystical, endangered orchid blooms in Nago City

April 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Mitsuo Kochi

The Iriomote orchid, or Iriomote-ran, a treasured orchid species said to be extinct in the wild, successfully bloomed under the care of an orchid hobbyist in Nago City. The grower has carefully tended to the plant since purchasing...

Organic fluorine compound contamination detected at six times index value in Uchidomari River

Organic fluorine compound contamination detected at six times index value in Uchidomari River

April 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takaya Kinra

On April 10, in relation to the incident of organic fluorine compounds (PFAS) such as PFOS, which are suspected to be carcinogenic, being discharged from Futenma Air Station, the Ryukyu Shimpo requested that Associate Professor Koji Harada...

Nanbu Medical Center workers fighting COVID-19 post ‘thank you’ sign in windows

Nanbu Medical Center workers fighting COVID-19 post ‘thank you’ sign in windows

April 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 22, hospital workers at Okinawa Prefectural Nanbu Medical Center & Children’s Medical Center posted a sign in the fourth-floor windows of the east wing that read, “Thank you for your support.” The facility, which treats COVID-19 patients,...

Run over while looking for food? Large numbers of living fossils dead

Run over while looking for food? Large numbers of living fossils dead

April 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Northern Okinawa – In Nago, there are many cases of Anderson’s crocodile newts becoming roadkill. The Anderson’s crocodile newt (family Salimandriae) is nicknamed “the living fossil,” and is a natural monument designated by Okinawa prefecture. The Nago...

Orion to cease production of 9% alcohol by volume “Watta Strong” chuhai due to health concerns

Orion to cease production of 9% alcohol by volume “Watta Strong” chuhai due to health concerns

April 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Eriko Tamaki

Orion Breweries, Ltd., (Keiju Hayase, Representative Director andPresident), announced April 22 that they would cease production of the high-alcohol version of their chuhai beverage, “Watta Strong.”

The high alcohol content in the...

Iejima experiences and early “golden autumn” and begins full-fledged wheat harvesting

Iejima experiences and early “golden autumn” and begins full-fledged wheat harvesting

April 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Special Correspondent Yukito Kinjo

Iejima – In Ie village, where wheat production in Okinawa thrives, the color of gold has spread throughout the wheat fields, and farmers begun harvesting their crop, starting at the end of March onwards. On sunny days,...

Sea lettuce season is here

Sea lettuce season is here

April 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a sea lettuce farm in Yaga, Nago City, the asa sea lettuce—a popular spring food, is in peak harvest. The blooming asa has covered the coast in a beautiful green carpet.

On the morning of April 19, sea lettuce farmers went out to the beach during low...

Birth of Eagerly-Awaited Yonaguni Horse Healthy Foal in Shizuoka A Joyful Link Across the Sea

Birth of Eagerly-Awaited Yonaguni Horse Healthy Foal in Shizuoka A Joyful Link Across the Sea

April 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Muramatsu

Yonaguni – At dawn on March 20, an eagerly-awaited male foal was born to Auri and Meri, Yonaguni horses at Rakujyu-en, a public park in Mishima, Shizuoka. On March 26, Toshio Sakimoto, chair of the Yonaguni Tourism Association received...