Eight thousand people enjoy cuisine and culture on “Okinawa Day” in London
July 18, 2011 Emiko Morita correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo
The 3rd Okinawa Day, sponsored by the Okinawa Sanshin Association of London and the Okinawa Kenjin-Kai of the United Kingdom, was held in Spitalfields, in central London on June 25. According to a spokesperson for the Executive Committee, 8000 participants enjoyed displays of Okinawan culture, including eisa dance, folk songs, Ryukyuan classical court music and dance, karate and cuisine. Yuka Takara, a singer originally from Okinawa, gave a live performance, and ceramic works and paintings by Okinawan artists in the United Kingdom and Okinawa were also exhibited and sold.
Kochinda Atelier, Ryuka Corporation and other companies participated and showed off products with an Okinawan flavor, including indigo dyed eco-bags and bingata dye-works.
Kenjin-Kai sold examples of Okinawan cuisine, and Reina Ward, who is originally from Naha City, and was responsible for the Okinawan cuisine, including andansu (oil and miso paste) and chinskou cake, said, “I am very happy. Okinawan food and sweets were very popular with people from many different countries. They were very interested in the cuisine, and asked me many questions about recipes.”
Local person Rebecca Mitchell said, “I came down to have a look because my son learns karate at a dojo. I am now interested to know that Okinawa has many great cultural features in addition to karate. We enjoyed the kachashi dance with everyone getting involved and being enthusiastic right to the end. I was moved that we seemed to all get on the same wavelength.”
(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey）
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