Looking forward to how the land will look after the return of the U.S. bases
May 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
“Painting contest 2010, Dreaming of the land after the return of the U.S. bases,” an exhibition of the winning entries, commenced at the Prefectural Gallery of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum on May 20.
Governor of Okinawa Hirokazu Nakaima delivered a speech to elementary and junior high school pupils at the opening ceremony, saying, “I think that what you drew in your paintings will be realized by the time you all grow up.” Nakaima continued,” We will put the preparation in place, but I would like you to strive to realize what you have put in the paintings.”
Moeka Inafuku, a third grade pupil of Matsukawa Elementary School who won the top award, was happy to explain her work, saying, “I want to ride a rainbow-colored train. I’ve never been on a train and would love to. I want other people who haven’t to be able to ride on a train to do so too.”
The exhibition at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum will end at 6:00pm on May 22. It is then scheduled to be held at the municipal offices of Urasoe, Okinawa and Ginowan, followed by the village office of Nakagusuku.
(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey）
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