80 millionth visitor at the Ocean Expo Park receives commemorating certificate

80 millionth visitor at the Ocean Expo Park receives commemorating certificate

On August 4, Haruka Yatou (the second from right in front) was welcomed as the 80 millionth visitors with her family members at the Ocean Expo Park in Motobu.


August 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 4, the Ocean Expo Park in Motobu welcomed its 80 millionth visitor since it opened 38 years ago. It held a ceremony to honor Haruka Yatou, the 9-year-old lucky girl who came from Aichi Prefecture with her family members. She received a commemorating certificate and gift, including a stuffed whale shark that she said was her favorite. She said, “I was really surprised, but I am very happy.”

Souji Katayama, the director of the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park, commented, “We are striving to work towards commemorating our one hundred millionth visitor, and then two hundred millionth visitor in the future.”

The Ocean Expo Park opened on August 1, 1976. It welcomed its 70 millionth visitor in 1978. Since then, it hosted 80 millionth visitor in two years and seven months.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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