Hiyamikachi-machiguwa-kan reopens at Naha Makishi Public Market

Hiyamikachi-machiguwa-kan reopens at Naha Makishi Public Market

On September 3, people celebrated the opening of the Hiyamikachi-machiguwa-kan in the clothing section of the Makishi Public Market in Naha.


September 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3, the Hiyamikachi-machiguwa-kan was reopened in an upstairs clothing section of the Makishi Public Market in Naha. Almost every day the hall serves as a venue for free events for traditional arts, comedy, singing and dancing. On the first day, four members of the clothing section of the market performed the Okinawan dance kagiyadefu bushi to celebrate the opening. The Oba Rappers, who are based in the Sakae-machi Market also celebrated it with singing and dancing.

The project began last July in attempt to help revitalize the city center and by this March, it had already attracted 15000 people. It stopped its activities in March, but further subsidies allowed it to restart.
By offering public lectures the project aims to promote a sense of participation in social activities.

Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga said, “This year’s program is very interesting. I hope that these events help people understand the appeal of the local community.”

Hiroko Yano, managing director of the Shopping District Promotion Association for the popular Naha tourist spot Heiwa Street, where the clothing section of the market is located, commented, “The various events will entertain a wide range of people. I also want to make the street enjoyable for locals.”

Takako Miyazato, who came to the Machiguwa-kan while out shopping, said, “It is fun to see the shows again. I’m looking forward to the events organized for this new program.”

For further details, refer to the official website: http://www.hiyamikachi.com/

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

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