Children of people who migrated overseas from Nishihara boast that their roots are in Okinawa

Children of people who migrated overseas from Nishihara boast that their roots are in Okinawa

On December 4, in the commemorative photograph taken with the officials of Nishihara Municipal Office at the Nishihara Chamber of Commerce, students who are children of people who emigrated from the area dressed up in Okinawan ethnic costumes to receive their certificates.


December 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 4, the graduation ceremony of the 2012 Training Program for students who are children of people who emigrated from Nishihara was held at the Nishihara Chamber of Commerce. This program aims to promote international cultural exchange by accepting the children of people who emigrated. Goya Mariela Roxana from Argentina, Tamanaha Vinicius Sadao from Brazil and Sato Miyahira Jocelyn Ritsuko from Peru received their certificates from Tsunenori Namihira, the superintendent of education.

The students gave a sanshin performance that they had learned during their stay. The approximately 100 people who attended at the ceremony enthusiastically applauded the performance.

Nishihara Mayor Akira Uema praised the students, saying, “You have studied very hard in just a short period of time.”

Goya said in her speech, “I am proud that I have roots in Okinawa.” Tamanaha said, “My dream to visit Okinawa has come true. From today I want to start my journey toward a new dream.” Miyahira said, “Also after returning to Peru, I want to continue to enjoy the sanshin and ryubu (Ryukyu dance).”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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