Students from Dalian on Okinawan culture experience tour

Students from Dalian on Okinawan culture experience tour

As a part of the Ryugaku Tour, on February 11, students from Dalian University experience making Ryukyuan lacquerware designs at the Naha City Traditional Arts and Crafts Center in Tenbusu, Naha.


February 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 11, at the Naha City Traditional Arts and Crafts Center in Tenbusu, Naha, a total of 16 university students and members of a TV crew from Dalian in Liaoning Province who are visiting Okinawa from February 7 on the Okinawa Culture Experience Ryugaku Tour, experienced dyeing textile and the weaving of bingata stencil dyed fabric. Ryugaku Tour: Learn in Ryukyu is a new experience-based tourist option that combines Okinawan culture and sightseeing. Their experience will be filmed and edited as a TV program to be broadcasted in the Liaoning Province in March. It is hoped that the program will help raise the profile of Okinawa in that part of China.

A female student from Dalian University, tried her hand at dyeing textiles and was pleased with what she managed to produce, “There is a similar craft to this in China, but this is the first time for me to experience this. It was a lot fun.”
 
President of Southern Cross Road, Yasunobu Kawasaki, who accompanied the members of the tour said, “This tour has really given me a feel for the potential of culture-tourism. In the near future, I would like to plan tours for Chinese university seminar groups.”

The tour is part of the Genki Project, in which the Prefectural Government promotes the development of new tourism options.

The group has enjoyed the tour since February 11, experiencing an exchange meeting with students from Meio University and going snorkeling.

Marketing Director Tsukasa Higa, from the Naha City Traditional Arts and Crafts Center, said, “I hope that the visitors experience the cultural connection between Okinawa and China, and that this leads to increased exchanges between both sides.”

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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