Family Olympic Games held on Ojima

Family Olympic Games held on Ojima

On August 12, at Ojima, Tamagusuku, Nanjo, the 5th Agaritukume Olympics run by the Agaritukume family once every four years to deepen family bonds was held.

August 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12, the 5th Agaritukume Olympics were held on Ojima Island, Tamagusuku, Nanjo. The Agaritukume family has held this event once every four years in order to create an opportunity to see all their relatives, including families who live abroad, in other prefectures in Japan and in Okinawa. At this year’s Agaritukume Family Olympics, about 240 people, from children to elderly people, gathered to deepen their friendship through a variety of games such as medley relays and ball-rolling.

The people are the family members of the late Fujihachi and Ushi Minei from Ojima Island. In the beginning just the young people held an athletic meet but from the year of the Atlanta Olympics, 1996, all the relatives of the family have participated in the games. Since then, they have held the family sports meet in the year of the Olympics.

Fujiichi Minei, 82, a son of Fujihachi and Ushi, has 17 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He said, “Playing with our grandchildren and great-grandchildren helps to keep me healthy. I’m looking forward to the next Olympics in 2016.”
Osamu Ashitomi, 48, Fujihachi’s great-grandchild from Kanagawa who took part with his family, said, “The Olympics are a good opportunity to deepen relationship among our relatives. I enjoy seeing all the family members who are well.”

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

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