15,000 carp streamers at Peace Memorial Park

15,000 carp streamers at Peace Memorial Park

On April 27, at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman, the Peace Memorial Carp Streamer Festival was held with colorful carp streamers swimming in the sky.


May 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 27, the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Foundation held the Peace Memorial Carp Streamer Festival 2013 at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman. The aim of the event was to let the young generation know about people’s experiences during the war 68 years ago and to provide an opportunity to think about peace.

About 15,000 carp streamers made by nursery school-age children in the local communities were put on display until May 6 in the park and among the nearby memorial monuments. Many families came out to see the streamers moving gracefully in the sky. Applause and cheers rose from the crowd when an 18-meter-long carp streamer made by Yaese resident Heizaburo Yamauchi, 65, was hoisted up.

Hatsumi Owan, 61, from Yaese, visited with her granddaughters Rino and Kano. Owan said, “When I first visited here last year, the carp streamers were so beautiful that I wanted to come back again. They are really colorful and attractive.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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