Students pray to pass the entrance examination for high school in Miyako

Students pray to pass the entrance examination for high school in Miyako

On March 7, at Miyako High School, students taking the entrance exam had lunch with their families and relatives.


March 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7, on Miyako Island, an entrance examination for prefectural high schools was held. As has become an annual tradition, this year students and their family members gathered to eat lunch together. In the past, when there were very few restaurants near schools in Miyako, some families started to bring their lunch boxes for students who had come from other small islands and couldn’t have lunch at home. Since then it has become an annual event at the time of the entrance examination for high schools.

At Miyako High School, where about 200 students took the examination, many people brought lunch boxes to the schoolyard, gymnasium and classrooms. Naomi Shimoji took a day off work to make lunch with her daughter for her son Takumi of Karimata Junior High School. She said, “I chose foods that might bring good luck for passing the exam.” Ikuyo Kato, whose daughter sat the examination, said, “To be careful not to upset her stomach, I didn’t use any perishables other than fruit.”

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

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