Sanitsu Beach Carnival in Miyako-jima
June 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo
On June 17, at Shimojiyonaha, on Miyako-jima, the 22nd Sanitsu Beach Carnival was held at Sanitsu Beach, a large mudflat that appears when the tide is low.
Many locals enjoyed taking advantage of the tideland to play games such as a relay race in the shallow water, a tug-of-war, a treasure hunt and an eleven-legged race. In the Miyako Sumo Wrestling Tournament, teams from other areas such as Kume-jima also took part making the bouts all the more interesting.
Shiho Nakama, a member of the girls’ volleyball A team of Hisamatsu Junior High School which won the eleven-legged race, said “We only practiced twice but we were able to win thanks to good teamwork. I did not expect us to do so well, so I’m very pleased.”
Yonaha Bay, where Sanitsu Beach is located, will be included as a registered wetland under the Ramsar Convention at the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands, which will be held in Romania in July. The carnival will continue to be held even after that registration is complete.
(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)
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