Monorail featuring a picture of Shuri Castle runs

Monorail featuring a picture of Shuri Castle runs

The “king” and “queen” of Shuri Castle Festival welcome passengers onto the monorail in front of “the Yui Rail Shuri Castle” at Naha Airport Station in Naha City on September 26.

September 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 26, a ceremony to mark the departure of a monorail carriage named “the Yui Rail Shuri Castle,” which has been wrapped with a picture of the castle, was held at Naha Station on the Okinawa City Monorail Line (Yui Rail) in conjunction with the upcoming 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival.
The “king” and “queen” of the Shuri Castle Festival welcomed people onto the monorail as though the passengers were envoys from China back in the days of the Ryukyu Dynasty.
This carriage is scheduled to run seven or eight times a day between Naha Airport and Shuri until the end of March 2012.

At the ceremony, the president of Okinawa Urban Monorail Co. Inc., Ryoji Nakayoshi, delivered a speech in which he said, “I think that the Shuri Castle carriage will be very popular. People will say that it will be lucky if you see it, and that happiness will come your way if you ride in it.”

Takayuki Ikeda, head of the Ocean Exposition Commemorative Park Management Foundation called upon many people to come and ride the monorail, saying, “The ‘Shuri Castle’ reminds residents of Okinawa and tourists about the glory of the Ryukyu Dynasty and passes on a message of support for Uchinanchu all over the world.”

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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