Brazil Kenjin-Kai calls for Governor to attend 100th anniversary ceremony

Brazil Kenjin-Kai calls for Governor to attend 100th anniversary ceremony

On October 15, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, people involved in the Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai met Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and asked him to take part in the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of migration from Okinawa to Brazil.


October 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The vice chairperson of the Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai Eiki Shimabukuro, Juliana Higa and others visited the Okinawa Prefectural Office on October 15. Higa received a “Miss Ryuso” award, given to those who look good in Ryukyuan traditional costume. They met Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and asked him to take part in the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of Okinawan immigration. The Campo Grande Okinawa Kenjin-Kai in Brazil will hold this ceremony in August 2014.

The group came to Okinawa to take part in the Naha Ozunahiki (Naha Tug-of-War) held from October 12 to 14.

Shimabukuro said, “There is also a ceremony in Bolivia next year to mark the 60th anniversary of immigration there. We will hold our Campo Grande ceremony on a grand scale around the same time.” Governor Nakaima replied, “We would like to attend these events.”

Juliana Higa, a university student majoring in international trade, said, “To help develop Brazil and Okinawa, I hope young people work on these events together.”

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

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