World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in LA this July

World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in LA this July

On July 16, at the Press Club in the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, Minami Tamamoto (center), the director of the Okinawa head office of the WYUA, and Shingi Kuniyoshi (left), the president of the OAA, told reporters about progress towards the 2nd World Youth Uchinanchu Festival.


May 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 16, Minami Tamamoto, the director of the Okinawa head office of the World Youth Uchinanchu Association (WYUA), and Shingi Kuniyoshi, the president of the Okinawa Association of America (OAA), held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office to provide more details about the 2nd World Youth Uchinanchu Festival. The festival will be held in Los Angeles from July 18 to 21.

They expect that youth of Okinawan descent will participate in the festival from eight countries. The event will include cultural workshops and international conferences and will feature a declaration of solidarity on the final day. According to Kuniyoshi, the North American branches of the WYUA and the OAA are considering holding fund-raising events and other programs.

Kuniyoshi said, “We would like to encourage participation from around the world and would like participants from Okinawa to broaden their perspective.” Tamamoto said, “The culture of North America is different to that of South America, where the festival was held last year. We value these differences.” She added, “Taking things one step at a time, by holding this activity annually we would like to create our own history.”

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

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