Kids play in snow delivered from Hokkaido

Kids play in snow delivered from Hokkaido

On February 2, children talk with Nippon Ham manager Hideki Kuriyama in front of snowmen at the Nago Municipal Stadium.

February 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 2, about 40 children enjoyed using snow transported from Hokkaido to make snowmen at the Nago Municipal Stadium. This is the venue of the professional baseball team Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters’ training camp. Four companies, including Hokkaido Shimbun Press and All Nippon Airways, supported this project. They transported two tons of snow to Nago from the baseball ground at Kurinoki Farm, which is owned by Nippon-Ham Fighters’ manager Hideki Kuriyama.

Kuriyama visited the stadium and wished the children well, saying, “Good luck with your studies and with your play!”

It was cold for them to touch, but Hiroya Gushiken and Daichi Naganohara, both in the sixth grade at Omiya Elementary School and the members of baseball team Miyazato Braves, cried out with joy on seeing snow for the first time.

On February 1, Masatoshi Murata, the chairman of the Association to Support Nippon Ham Hokkaido and the president of the Hokkaido Shimbun, visited the Ryukyu Shimpo Office in Naha. He explained the project, saying, “By touching snow, we want Okinawan children to develop an interest in Hokkaido, and to support the Nippon Ham team.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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