Sunflower festival begins in Kitanakagusuku.

Sunflower festival begins in Kitanakagusuku.

On January 21, people enjoy sunflowers in full bloom in a field in Kitanakagusuku.

January 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 21, the 4th Sunflower Festival in Kitanakagusuku began in the fields of the Ogido and Adaniya districts behind Kitanakagusuku Junior High School. It is an annual event held during the sunflowers flowering season and it involves many local organizations and groups. The Kitanakagusuku Municipal Office planted sunflowers in unused farmland as green manure and also to create the opportunity for people to enjoy viewing the flowers. This year’s festival will be held until February 5.

Many residents visited the fields and walked around to enjoy the sunflowers blooming. Children enjoyed walking through a maze set up in the sunflower fields. A tent was also set up to sell local products such as homemade foods including satanndagi, taimopai and steamed bean-jam buns. During the event, a marriage ceremony will be held in the sunflower field. Sale of the local products will be held mainly on Saturday and Sunday.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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