1000 people perform in the annual music festival on Hatoma Island
May 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo
On May 3, the 15th Hatoma Island Music Festival was held in the plaza in front of the community center on Hatoma Island. About 1000 people from all over Japan visited the island that normally has a population of just 63 people.
In addition to famous musicians, Masaru Shimabukuro of BEGIN, Kiyosaku of Mongol800, pupils of the Hatoma Elementary and Junior High School, people of the Hatoma Folk Entertainment Preservation Society, and local residents performed. They danced together to a variety of music such as folk songs, pop, samba and school songs and thoroughly enjoyed the music.
Around the venue, local specialties of duck soba and goat dumplings were sold. In order to provide support for Ishinomaki in Miyagi, an area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, people sold hama no misanga or good-luck bracelets made by fishermen.
At the end of the festival, all the performers and the people in the audience danced to the song Hatoma no minato and enjoyed this large event on the tiny island.
Taku and Miwa Futenma, a couple visiting the festival for their honeymoon, said, “It was fun to listen to so much good music. We are still in the mood for dancing!”
(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)
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