Okinawan students to go to Asia on cultural trip

Okinawan students to go to Asia on cultural trip

On January 15, at the Okinawa Prefectural Government offices, students became enthused about their upcoming international exchange activities.

January 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefecture Board of Education has launched a project to send high school students engaged in arts and cultural activities to Singapore in February, and then to Shanghai in March, in order to deepen cultural exchanges with young people in those cities. On January 15, the board held a send-off ceremony in the Okinawa Prefectural Government offices, in which the students who will participate in the project performed the acts that they will perform overseas.

The board has selected a total of 73 students on this occasion.
In the ceremony, Saya Shiroma of Naha High School, who will be part of the Japanese Calligraphy Division going to Shanghai, said, “I want to represent Okinawa as best I can and to tell them about the attractions of Okinawan culture. I want to encourage friendly relations between Japan and China.” Hiroshi Oshiro, the head of the board, said, “I want the students to learn from other countries’ cultures and to become more internationally-minded.”

At the ceremony, students belonging to the Music Division played the saxophone and others of the Local Performing Arts group performed the Ryukyuan dance Yotsudake.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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