Okinawa Yui Dance Promotion Council visits Mazhuancun in China
July 30, 2014 Akiko Agarie of Ryukyu Shimpo
With the aim of deepening exchanges and bringing good cheer through Okinawan new dance culture, members of the Okinawa Yui Dance Promotion Council visited Mazhuancun in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, China, on July 29. Including Chairman Kiyoshi Miyagi, six members of the council put on a dance lecture workshop for people of Mazhuancun, and held a discussion meeting with the local government officials.
As part of the dance lecture, the council’s members taught local people rhythmical, flexible hand movements, to the theme song of Okinawa Yui Dance Iyasassa Mourana.
At a discussion meeting, the members introduced Okinawan history, in which Okinawa exchanged with China during the Ryukyu Dynasty. They also discussed the Battle of Okinawa and lifestyles that support longevity. Qingxi Meng, who is Secretary of Mazhuancun, said, “We might be linked with Okinawa by fate because they came all the way here. Next time, we would like to visit Okinawa and interact with local people. We hope to set up a friendly relationship by visiting each other.”
On September 13, a dance event titled the 4th Iyasassa Mourana in Uruma will be held at Ishikawa Kaikan in Uruma. Dancers from Mazhuancun will also take part in the event.
(English translation by T&CT and Lima Tokumori)
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