Photo collection of Kouri and Warumi bridges released

Photo collection of Kouri and Warumi bridges released

Zenryo Iha (left) with the Kouri Bridge Photo Collection and Itaru Miyazato the supervising editor. On April 9, at the Northern Branch of the Ryukyu Shimpo.

April 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eighty-three year-old Zenryo Iha released a photo collection entitled, “Kouri Bridge, the road to my hometown,” which chronicles the construction of the Kouri and Warumi bridges. The book features 80 photographs taken by Iha and 15 essays written by the children of Kouri Island. With this he passes down local memories to the next generation.

Because he was involved in the building industry, Iha followed the work on the bridge with great interest and documented the construction of the two bridges: Kouri Bridge 1999-2005 and Warumi Bridge 2006-2010.

Junior high school students recorded their thoughts in essays, writing, “I was moved to see the bridge’s beautiful reflections in the setting sun,” and “The bridges have made our lives easier. They bring people together.”

Iha said, “I was attracted by bridges that bring happiness into our lives. I think that I have lead a full life having been able to leave behind these valuable memories. I hope that the children who wrote the essays grow up healthy and strong.

The photo collection will be sold for 1300 yen at bookstores in Nago and at the Nakijin Municipal Office.

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

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