Okinawan youngsters to participate in networking tour to Brazil for the first time

Okinawan youngsters to participate in networking tour to Brazil for the first time

On January 10, at the Prefectural Government Office, Director Mina Tamamoto talks about looking forward to taking part in the 5th Niiseetaa Tour to Brazil.

January 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 10, Minami Tamamoto, the director of the Okinawa head office of the World Youth Uchinanchu Association and others held a press conference and announced that three Okinawan young people including director Tamamoto join the 5th Niiseetaa Tour to Brazil. The 5th World Wide Uchinanchu Festival in October 2011 led to the establishment of the Association and this is the first time that Okinawan young people will take part in the tour.

The Niiseetaa Tour was started in 2007 to provide an opportunity for interaction between young Okinawan in South America and this year is the fifth time the tour has been held. About 60 Okinawan young people from eight countries including Japan will participate in the tour. Representatives from Okinawa or Japan, and United States, will be taking part for the first time.

Tamamoto will introduce Okinawan geography and culture using power point displays and Kuganikutuba, or the Okinawan proverb using an original picture-story show. During the tour, young Okinawans will meet to discuss the planning and organization of the 1st Okinawan Youth Festival due to be held in Brazil in July. Tamamoto said, “I look forward to visiting Brazil and communicating with young Okinawans in South America. I would like to find out what roles young Uchinanchu in Okinawa can play and the meaning of our office in connecting the world with Okinawa.”

The office is raising funds in order to dispatch the three people (900,000 yen) including the international airfare. Information for those wishing to make donations is given below.

Bank of the Ryukyus Ginowan branch checking account 575799, account holder’s name is Sekai wakamono uchinanchu rengoukai Okinawa honbu.

For further information please call 080-4363-9047 (Tamamoto).

(English translation by T&CT, Shinako Oyakawa and Mark Ealey)

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