Comedian Takashi Okamura becomes promotional ambassador for New Ishigaki Airport

Comedian Takashi Okamura becomes promotional ambassador for New Ishigaki Airport

On March 8, at New Ishigaki Airport in the Shiraho district of Ishigaki, famous comedian Takashi Okamura (third from left) smiled after being appointed as a promotional ambassador for the airport.


March 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 8, the Ishigaki Municipal Government appointed Takashi Okamura, a Japanese comedian and one half of the duo Ninety-nine, as a promotional ambassador for New Ishigaki Airport. That same day, at the ceremony to mark his appointment, Okamura promised to market the airport to the main islands of
Japan, boldly saying, “Welcome to the New Ishigaki Airport!”

Cheered by his fans, Okamura who has attracted consistently high viewer ratings on Japanese TV, wore a Top Gun pilot costume and aviator sunglasses as he came onto the stage. Okamura warmed the audience up by copying the dance Painushima, performing it to the promotional song of the airport.

A genuine fan of Ishigaki, Okamura has been visiting the island for diving for over ten years. He praised the sea around Ishigaki Island, saying, “I often go to Hawaii and Saipan, but I think that the sea around Ishigaki is clearer and more beautiful.” He went on to say, “I love to eat Yaeyama soba here every day.” At the same time, Okamura made the audience laugh, saying, “I was thinking about promoting the various attractions of Ishigaki Island, but then I realized that I’m now a promotional ambassador for the New Ishigaki Airport, so I’ll concentrate on promoting the airport.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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