Postage stamp commemorating 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

Postage stamp commemorating 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

At the Uruma City Office on October 23, Uruma City Mayor Toshio Shimabukuro (third from left) and Masakazu Kochi (far left), the chairman of the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation, receive the commemorative bullfighting postage stamps from Akio Higa (second from left), the postmaster of Ishikawa Post Office, and bullfighting warrior character Waido (far right).


October 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Okinawa branch of Japan Post released postage stamps commemorating the 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament. The stamps depict bullfighting scenes mainly from the works of freelance photographer Yukie Kudaka, who is from Uruma City and has published a photo book entitled “The Bullfighting Woman.” One sheet contains ten 80-yen stamps and a total of only 1,000 sheets are available in post offices in Uruma, Okinawa, Kin, Onna and Ginoza.

On October 23 at the Uruma Municipal Office, Akio Higa, the postmaster at the Ishikawa Post Office, presented the commemorative postage stamps to Uruma City Mayor Toshio Shimabukuro and Masakazu Kochi, the chairman of the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation. They reminisced about popular bulls such as “Yukari-go” that competed during the half-century history of bullfighting. The tournament has now been held 100 times.

Postage stamps commemorating the 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament.

Kochi talked about the history of bullfighting and vowed that they would treasure it and continue to promote bullfighting. Akio Higa, the local postmaster said, ” We would like to put regional traditional culture on display by selling these postage stamps. So, I will be very pleased if more people come to appreciate this culture.”

Mayor Shimabukuro said, “In the past, bullfighting was followed by a limited sector of society, but now it is widely accepted by both young and old alike. These bullfighting commemorative stamps tell the story of changing times.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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