Ocean-lovers make a work of art with rubbish that has drifted ashore at Ishigaki Island

November 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 13, the third Ocean Love-Love Festival 2011 in Ishigaki Island was held to clean up the shore at the Akaishi coast in Ishigaki City. This year a total of 732 people participated in the event, the highest number to date. They collected items of rubbish that had drifted ashore from locations both in Japan and overseas.

According to the executive, 374 garbage bags, 20 dangerous objects such as lighters and bottles of medicine, and 264 over-sized items of rubbish such as buoys were collected on the shore. The people who helped collect the rubbish arranged it on the ground in the shape of a heart and the words “Keep going forward.” Participants made a plea for the early recovery of the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and to prevent illegal disposal of rubbish.

(English Translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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