Third generation Okinawan descendant donates CDs to Peace Memorial Museum

Third generation Okinawan descendant donates CDs to Peace Memorial Museum

On April 9, at the Cornerstone of Peace in Peace Memorial Park, Derek Ichiro Shiroma sang and Ayaka Nakazato danced to the music.


April 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 9, Derek Ichiro Shiroma, a third-generation Okinawan descendant who teaches sanshin in Hawaii, donated 100 CDs of his original song Uchinanchu nu chimugukuru to the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum. At the Memorial Park, he also gave a live performance facing towards the Cornerstone of Peace monument. Derek said, “Okinawa suffered terribly from the battle, but did really well to rebuild itself after the war. I hope people who listen the music sense that.”
Derek donated his CDs hoping to hold an event called “Children’s Peace Message Exhibition in Hawaii” which the Museum hosted this January. The proceeds from the sale of the CDs by the Peace Memorial Foundation will be used for another exhibition next year.

Bunmei Hirai, a tourist from Yokohama, listened to the performance and said, “We have got to feel that Okinawa is much closer to us.”

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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