Students in Uruma perform the modern kumiodori play at the world heritage site Katsuren Castle

Students in Uruma perform the modern kumiodori play at the world heritage site Katsuren Castle

At the Katsuren Castle in Uruma City on March 14, the students performed a modern kumiodori play Kimutaka no Amawari by using the stone wall and a yard as a stage.


March 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

For three days from March 14 to 16, junior high school and high school students in Uruma City performed the modern kumiodori play Kimutaka no Amawari at the world heritage site Katsuren Castle. This 2014 event commemorates the 15th anniversary of their activitie. Many people visited the castle to see the performance, which impressed the audience with its historical setting. Stonewalls were lit up for the occasion, adding dramatic effect.

The event began in 1999 aiming to foster personal development among youth, by providing a place for them to interact and rediscover the appeal of local culture and history. They have held more than 225 performances and attracted more than 138,000 people.

One of the spectators said, “The Katsuren Castle as a background makes a big impact.” Another said, “I could see the efforts that students put in. I would like to continue to support them.”

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

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