610 people take part in a prefectural convention for promoting Shimakutuba

610 people take part in a prefectural convention for promoting <em>Shimakutuba</em>

On September 20, 2014, at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City, children danced to an original song "Let's play with Shimakutuba."


September 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Second Shimakutuba (Ryukyuan languages) Prefectural Convention titled “Connecting Okinawan Spirits Through Shimakutuba” was held, on September 20 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City. According to the organizer, about 610 adults and children took part, enjoying Okinawan drama and comedy in Shimakutuba. They recommitted to revitalizing and promoting Okinawan languages.

“Gusuyo chuuganabira. Kurikara Shimakutuba kenmin taikai hajimi yabiin (Hello everyone, how are you? Let’s start the Shimakutuba Prefectural Convention),” said Shiyuu Kinjo, Uta Uema, Seita Yonaha, Ruka Miyahira from Oyama Kindergarten in a cheerful opening statement. They drew a big applause.

For the event, members of the Naha Cultural Association performed an Okinawan drama called Nusutto yamaa.

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima sent a message, and Vice Governor Kurayoshi Takara read out the following statement; “I would like all Okinawan people to work together to promote and pass down our important languages.”

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

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