110th anniversary of birth of great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi

110th anniversary of birth of great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi

In the second part of the remembrance concert of Baku Yamanokuchi held at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Izumizaki, Naha in the evening of September 7, visitors enjoyed songs, art performances and plays, as well as a talk session with Zenjin Onaha.

September 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo held an event in the evening of September 7 to commemorate the 110th anniversary of birth of the great Okinawan poet Baku Yamanokuchi. Held in Izumizaki, Naha and attended by about 450 people, it also celebrated the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the Ryukyu Shimpo. Those who attended spoke fondly of Yamanokuchi and his works.

In the first part of the event, the organizers invited Izumi Yamanokuchi, the poet’s oldest daughter, who now lives in Tokyo, to hold a round-table discussion. University of the Ryukyus Professor Sadatoshi Oshiro coordinated the talk. Two poets Yugo Nakazato and Yumi Nishihara, both winners of the Baku Yamanokuchi Award, and Tomoko Uda exchanged opinions.

In the second part, musicians performed and there was a stage play as a tribute to the works of Yamanokuchi.

Folksinger Kanako Horiuchi, musician Yutaka Sadoyama and rock band Maltese Rock took part in the event, taking the audience into the world of Yamanokuchi.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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