Three high school graduates from Shiga visit to see their host family in Izena again

Three high school graduates from Shiga visit to see their host family in Izena again

At the Marutomi Inn in Moromi, Izena, three graduates of Shiga Prefectural Notogawa High School visited the island and met the Nakadas (left) once again.


April 16, 2012 Kyoko Agarie Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Attracted by the nature and people of Izena, three young women from Shiga Prefecture, Chigusa Akata, Kaho Isobe, and Miki Kojima, who had come to the island on a school trip when they were in their second year of high school, visited Izena again after having graduated. They enjoyed spending time with local residents as they reminisced about the memories of their school trip,
“The sea was beautiful and people were very nice to us.” They enjoyed making sata-andagi, also known as Okinawan doughnuts, and the interaction with the island’s residents on a school trip, and decided to visit it again after graduating.

The three young women met Tomiyoshi and Hiroko Nakada, who have run an inn that they had stayed. During their six-day trip, Nakada took them around the island, and they spent a time with local people. All three of them said that will definitely come back again.

When leaving Izena waving happily, they held paper tapes on the ship with the Nakada couple holding the other end on the pier, the same as they had done on their school trip.

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

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