Twenty-nine haiku stone tables placed on Izena Island
April 18, 2012 Correspondent Kyoko Agarie of the Ryukyu Shimpo
Twenty-three first-year junior high school students placed 29 haiku stone tables at various locations around Izena Island. The haiku poems were written as part of a project with their homeroom teacher Ikuko Ueno when they were second-grade students at elementary school. Six years later, with the help of their parents, the wish of students and their teacher to place the stone tables on Izena has finally been realized.
Students and parents worked together to put the stone tables in place. Homeroom teacher Ueno, who now teaches at Sesoko Elementary School in Motobu, visited the island for the event. She was emotional as their goal was achieved.
After completing their work, the students held a party in the gymnasium of the seaside park called Fureai. Students presented a bouquet of flowers to their former teacher Ikuko Ueno and Chie Oshiro, who is the homeroom teacher in the second grade at junior high school, and sang the song Hana to the parents who cooperated in the event. They shared the delight of realizing a dream six years after having planned it out.
Students want the tablets to be seen by villagers and tourists and Ueno’s stone table was placed by the port. It says: “Summer has come. You are home, sounded the whistle.”
(English translation by T&CT, Shinako Oyakawa and Mark Ealey)
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